An alarming 90 percent told us they don’t believe our country’s leaders listen to them. They were especially concerned that they have no important role to play in their future.
To find out if their opinions had changed, BGCA recently commissioned a follow-up survey. But one year later, young people continue to feel unheard by leaders.
BGCA encourages America’s youth to speak out about their concerns. Moreover, we urge our leaders to listen to them and open up channels for honest dialogue with our young people.
Programs like Youth of the Year, sponsored by Tupperware, enable Club members to develop leadership skills, study habits, and grasp the importance of community service. But to ensure there's enough opportunity to go around for all young people, it's going to take the involvement of all of us. Only when this happens, can we create the necessary environment to positively impact the future of today’s youth – and tomorrow’s America.
It's imperative for young people to be their own change agents. Like 2013-14 National Youth of the Year Kiana Knolland, who's doing just that.