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Let’s talk about youth and society.

Who can be considered youth?

Each age group in society has its own role and this is important in many different ways. Youth as a description of a sector of society has many definitions depending on the perspective being used. For the purposes of this dis­cussion youth will be considered to be the stage of life involving transition into adulthood: approximately age 15 to 25.

Young people are often considered to represent the future as they bring new ideas and energy to add to the pool of knowledge that currently exists. They can bring enthusiasm and vitality which can lead to new discoveries and developments that can benefit society or even the world at large. Al­though not the only drivers of social change, young people are seen to be one the key drivers engendering change. Whether this is inherent in the beliefs of young people or the hope for the future is placed upon them by older gene­rations is not clear. However, there are many new opportunities becoming available that can provide very different futures for today’s youth that were not available to previous generations.

The young generation occupies a special place in social environment. The future of any society depends on the practical and spiritual molding of the youth.

What role do youth play in the society?

Youth constitute major portion of the world’s population. About 25 percent of the world population is youth. Thus, such a major portion of population can’t be ignored. Add to it the energy and determination, youth can be consid­ered to be almost the whole population because a young person can do the works of several old people. Moreover, they are the leaders of future. So, the youth play, probably the most crucial of roles in national development.

All societies pay special attention to the youth. Youth are not only the leaders of tomorrow, but also the partners of today. Young people are social actors of change and progress. They are a crucial segment of a nation’s de­velopment. Their contribution, therefore, is highly needed.

Your British friend is a member of the Scout movement. What questions would you ask him/ her?

What is your organization aimed at?

What should you do to become a scout?

Does everyone have a chance to check themselves?

Do you do much training?

What is necessary to become a good scout member?

Are you proud of being a scout?

What famous people of your country took part in scouting?

What do you know about Belarusian Youth Organisations?

There are a lot of youth organizations in Belarus. The most authoritative of them are the Belarusian Republican Pioneer Organization (BRPO), the Belarusian Republican Union of Youth (BRSM), the Association of Belarusian Guides, the Belarusian Republican Scout Association. These activities are managed and directed by the State Committee on the Affaires of Youth.

The most numerous youth organizations are the Belarusian Republican Pioneer Organization and the Belarusian Republican Union of Youth.

The Belarusian Republican Union of Youth was formed on the 2nd of September 2002. This organization works in accordance with the Constitu­tion of the Republic of Belarus. Every young person at the age of 14 can join the BRSM.

The main aim of the BRSM is to create conditions for all-round develop­ment of young people and to contribute to creation of a civil society in Be­larus.

The Belarusian Republican Union of Youth and its members accomplish their goals and objectives in the following activities: they elaborate and ac­complish different educational, social and other youth programmes; they ren­der assistance in finding employment; they organize conferences, meetings, lectures, exhibitions, concerts and competitions, charity and volunteering; camping, sporting events and visiting memorials; outdoor activities and sports, including football, running, swimming and hockey for young people.

Membership has more than 500,000 young people between 14 and 31 years old. Members of the BRSM have certain rights and duties and they can leave the organization at their own free will.

You are an active member of a real or imaginary youth organization. Their aim is to find new members. What steps would you recommend?

Get vocal about your organization

In order to draw youngsters to your organization, you need to keep your message simple, fresh and entertaining. Organize events for young people during which you can distribute leaflets, bookmarks and other attractive ma­terials to help spread your message among young people.

Highlight the cause

Millennial are mostly motivated by passion for a cause, so when spread­ing the word about your organisation, concentrate on your mission. With that in mind, motivate young people to get involved by showing them that they are able to make a difference.

Don't underestimate the power of social media

Social media channels are currently the most successful communication tools popular among the younger generation. Effectively use Facebook and Twitter to share lectures, publish articles and ask engaging questions.

Make sure to know which social networks are used by your target audi­ence and meet them where they tend to hang out online.

Make experiences mutually rewarding

Young people turn to youth organizations to gain precious work and life experience, so offer opportunities that will help with future university admis­sions, guarantee extra credit or help young individuals launch their careers.





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