Youth leadership in a rural community – Team Lukata

23rd June 2015

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Youth leadership is demonstrated when young people step up and take on responsibility and leadership roles within a community.

Youth leadership in a rural community occurs when youth remain in their communities and take on extra responsibilities, help their elders in the village and get involved in any activities that are contributing to local development such as agriculture, farming and livestock keeping. This means young people, instead of moving out of their village with the perception of getting better jobs, may stay and contribute to the social and economic development of their communities.

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For example, Raleigh International is one of the organizations which is committed to encouraging young people to stay in their communities so they can create opportunities and become more responsible in terms of leadership. That’s why Raleigh is helping young people by teaching them skills such as entrepreneurship, so they can find and create opportunities that can help improve their living standards by establishling their own businesses.

Some of the advantages of youth leadership in rural communities are that if you empower young people they will then be able to pass on their experience to other generations. Young people often have more ownership of new technologies and have a new way of looking at things without being affected by the status quo. Young people are quick to adapt to their surroundings, so they can see a problem and find a solution quickly. We have to empower the young people to take on leadership roles in order to improve our society in a sustainable and effective way.

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