100 Days of Vision…Day 21

    Y.E.P. (Youth Empowerment Project)

I’ve been working on an idea and a concept and it’s manifesting in many forms in the way of books, dvd’s, radio projects and seminars for children and young adults. I’ll be talking more about this in the upcoming months but for now I just wanted to share a simple concept with you.

Firstly, I often hear it talked about and this is whether the parents or the educators are to blame for the behaviour of children? My view is simply this: It doesn’t matter! Asking that question solves or achieves nothing! A simpler approach and a more productive one is for all of us to take responsibility to some degree. When we do and we take genuine interest in the the up-bringing of youth, you’d be amazed at the difference it makes! Shoving the blame to and fro takes our time and attention away from dealing with the challenge.

Secondly there is on a very simple explanation of why young adults get involved in crime, vandalism, alcohol, drugs, bullying etc etc. It’s quite simply because they it’s the only way they know how to feel powerful or, putting it another way, empowered! That’s the only reason ever! It gives them a sense of personal power and that is because quite simply they haven’t been shown any other way to do so! Once you show them how to feel empowered in a different way suddenly they won’t feel the need to do those other things to feel powerful, they’ll automatically lose interest and start taking an interest in other good things that make them feel empowered.

A very simple concept with a very powerful message and impact.

I’ve be talking about this more over the coming months.

3 Responses

  1. Michelle says:

    Hi Amit,

    I don’t know the answer, but things are certainly getting out of hand.

    There was a news story today about an art teacher who told a student to sit down and behave, and the teacher was then beaten by the student while the others cheered her on and one captured the whole event on his cellphone video and posted it to MySpace.

    The teacher later told news people that the school told her that she provoked the attack.

    Here is a quote from one of the stories:

    Last Friday, Jolita Berry says that she was in the middle of her art class at Reginald F. Lewis High School, when a student threatened her safety. When Berry vowed to protect herself, that student relentlessly beat her. But what angered Jolita most was what she considers a total lack of support from her principal.

    “She told me that by telling the kid I was going to defend myself, I triggered her, I used a trigger word, I don’t understand that,” says Berry.

    The Baltimore City Teacher’s Union says that some principals don’t support their teachers in cases of violence, because they don’t want their schools labeled dangerous.

    Administrators Union President Jimmy Gittings says that principals have their hands tied.

    “We put our principals in a situation where we cannot suspend, if we do we are labeled persistently dangerous schools and that puts their jobs in jeopardy.”

    Someone, somewhere needs to take charge. The situation is getting worse every day.

    I have often wondered lately if the lack of nutrition, or the use of genetically-modified ingredients in foods, combined with the constant exposure to air and water pollutants is part of the cause for this.

    Nutrition, or lack thereof, has a serious affect on the body chemistry and therefore on the brain.

    I just wonder if that is a contributing factor.

  2. Amit Sodha says:

    Hi Michelle,

    I read something similar with regards to nutrition sometime ago and in this particular article they talked about omega3. They gave a young boy some omega3 supplements and not only did his IQ improve drastically but his behaviour was much improved too.

    As much as that is definitely a factor there is are so many ways in which we can assist them with their personal development.

    Like I said there will be a lot more about this coming up soon! 🙂

  3. Michelle says:

    I look forward to upcoming posts…you have such great ideas for working with youth!

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