“Global youth are rising – taking matters into their own hands and turning to one another for guidance and hope. They are creating their own initiations into adulthood and crafting new self identities and definitions. Maybe ‘privilege’, for example, is living more simply, with access to real nature experiences and healthy food. Maybe ‘tuning out’ is not about drugs, but turning off the TV and the game consoles. And maybe ‘wealth’ comes from being in deep relationship to people from different parts of the world, whose struggles may not be exactly the same as their own but echo the same longing for fairness, safety and peace.
“Our future leaders are among us – the little girl playing second base, the kid selling lemonade for a worthy cause, the teenage boy standing alone at the bus stop, wondering what life is about. We owe it to them – big time – to pay attention, listen, encourage, and point them in the direction of other young people who are building communities and working to make a difference. They need to understand they are not alone. That’s why we are sharing these stories.”
Read the full feature by Rhonda Fabian….