Individuals and associations can work together for successful youth living. Young people join associations for obtaining networking opportunities, gaining new skills, accessing educational and professional resources, finding jobs, and experiencing community outreach, according to Naylor Association Communications Benchmarking Survey (Underwood, July 7, 2016).
Operation Warm (May 28, 2018) points out that young people who join community service organizations are able to build networks, gain valuable skills, get the opportunity to use their skills and talents to do good, gain new educational opportunities, gain more cultural awareness and knowledge about social justice, make new friends, and enjoy great perks such as ‘free travel assistance’ (Operation Warm, May 28, 2018).
Associations attract new members by being mission-focused, providing membership that is flexible and affordable, allowing for interaction with other young people in a natural way online, and providing interactive and fun events (Underwood, July 7, 2016). Young people want associations to see them as unique individuals. As pointed out, young people want associations to avoid stereotyping: “Simply get to know us and value us as part of your association, and a mutually beneficial relationship is sure to develop” (Underwood, July 7, 2016). The more young people an association could attract, the more young people would be attracted to the association, as young people attract other young people. Young people and their member associations make for a “WIN-WIN” opportunity.
Successful Youth Living supports individuals who aspire to positive living through its series of books which deal with various issues pertinent to youth. Some of these issues include developing leadership, welcoming responsibilities, developing emotional intelligence, promoting education and improving communication. Our latest work stresses respectful living, with emphasis on respect for all types of difference and elimination of implicit bias.
Successful Youth Living envisages a world in which all people, regardless of religion, language, ethnicity or race, or other difference, fully respect each other. Although we cannot all think alike, we can respect this fact, and respect the right of others to hold their ideas. When we reject other people on the basis of their ideas, what we are saying is that we are right and they are wrong. This is far from the general sentiment promoted in democracies and to which we all pay lip service.
Consequently, Successful Youth Living works to support individuals and associations that aspire to promote good, responsible and successful living, who want to ensure that emphasis is given to respecting and accepting difference. Successful Youth Living also wants to support and promote youth and civil organizations that aim to encourage young people to be positive and to pursue successful living.
Successful Youth Living also wants the support of individuals and orgnaizaitons that have a similar goal of wanting to promote good and positive living and outcomes for all people, especially youth. Successful Youth Living believes that accepting difference is one of the most important ways of promoting peace and harmony in our world society and of making a strong and solid future for today’s young people.
Individuals and organizations from different countries, different religions, different ethnicities and races, and groups from marginalized communities, wherever you may be, let us hear from you. If you are a member of a youth organization or non-profit organization involved with youth, tell the other members about us, and invite them to visit our website at www.successfulyouthliving.com and contribute to our blog at www.successfulyouthlivingblog.com.
Operation Warm (May 28, 2018). 7 reasons to join a community service organization. Retrieved from https://www.operationwarm.org/blog/7-reasons-to-join-a-community-service-organization/
Underwood, E. (July 7, 2016). Why millennials join associations and what associations can do to keep them. Retrieved from https://www.naylor.com/associationadviser/millennials-join-associations/
By Israelin Shockness (Successful Youth Living)