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Inspiring Leadership: Nurturing Young Changemakers

Jun 23, 2023 | Articles

Dr Kennedy Obohwemu
Leadership

The world needs more leaders. Not just any leaders, but leaders who are passionate about making a difference in the world. Leaders who are willing to stand up for what they believe in, even when it’s difficult. Leaders who are inspired to create a better future for themselves and for others.

These are the qualities of young changemakers. They are the ones who are not afraid to speak up, who are not afraid to take risks, and who are not afraid to make a difference. They are the ones who will shape the future of our world.

So how do we inspire young people to become leaders? How do we nurture their passion for change? Here are a few ideas:

  • Show them that they can make a difference. One of the best ways to inspire young people to become leaders is to show them that they can make a difference. This can be done by exposing them to examples of young people who are already making a difference, or by giving them opportunities to take action themselves.
  • Teach them about leadership. Leadership is not something that people are born with. It’s a skill that can be learned and developed. There are many resources available to help young people learn about leadership, such as books, websites, and online courses.
  • Encourage them to take risks. One of the biggest challenges for young people is overcoming fear. They may be afraid of failure, of being judged, or of making mistakes. But it’s important to encourage young people to take risks, even if it means failing sometimes. Failure is a necessary part of learning and growing.
  • Celebrate their successes. When young people achieve their goals, it’s important to celebrate their successes. This will help them to build confidence and to keep striving for their dreams.

Nurturing young changemakers is not easy, but it is essential. The future of our world depends on it.

Here are some real-world examples of young changemakers:

  • Malala Yousafzai: Malala Yousafzai is a Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest Nobel Prize laureate. She was shot in the head by the Taliban for speaking out about her right to education, but she has continued to fight for the rights of girls and women around the world.
  • Greta Thunberg: Greta Thunberg is a Swedish climate activist who has inspired millions of people around the world to take action on climate change. She started by skipping school every Friday to protest outside the Swedish Parliament, and her movement has grown into a global phenomenon.
  • Ryan Hickman: Ryan Hickman is a 17-year-old from California who is using technology to help solve the problem of food waste. He founded the company Imperfect Produce, which delivers “ugly” fruits and vegetables that would otherwise be thrown away to customers at a discounted price.

These are just a few examples of the many young changemakers who are making a difference in the world. They are an inspiration to us all, and they show us that anyone can be a leader.

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