by Jaimil Dalwadi
As society progresses, the world demands more and more from its people. Youth are getting left behind in this fast-pace evolution of online education, opportunities and the workforce. Many businesses ask for years of experience before they even think of hiring workers. Most youth are finding it difficult to keep up to par with the few that are able to leverage such opportunities.Due to this, there is a massive gap between a majority of the youth and the industry. This gap must be bridged, and Youth Culture will lead the way.
Youth are getting left behind in this fast-pace evolution of online education, opportunities and the workforce.
Demands of the Industry vs. Education System
Throughout high school, most of my tests, assignments, and exams have been standardized. They may not test our true knowledge, but rather our memorization. We may get penalized for mistakes based on problems we may not have been taught to solve or knowledge we may not remember. This demotivates students and pressures us into prioritizing marks over understanding. Recently, I have seen several students get internships, job opportunities, and more, not because of their marks, but because of their experience and networks. Everything is changing and my first two years of high school showed me why the conventional education system is not enough for your future aspirations. Universities require a bunch of extracurriculars, good marks, personal projects, and even work experience at times. Industry-level jobs require years of experience as well. Youth are required to innovate, learn, and be enthusiastic about their own endeavours from an early age. Some industries are providing opportunities but are unable to access and harness all youth potential. There is a lot of youth potential but most do not know how to connect to industry. Industry demands experience, and education provides marks. I knew that I had to do something to keep up with the rate of growth in the world and to put myself out there.
Some industries are providing opportunities but are unable to access and harness youth potential. There is a lot of youth potential but most do not know how to connect to industry.
Enter Youth Culture.
Youth Culture aspires to bridge the distance between youth and the industry. This disconnect was extremely visible due to COVID 19. By providing various programs, access to internship and professional learning opportunities, Youth Culture will give all youth the opportunity to build their character, experience, and networks. Youth Culture wants to give youth more than just a resume, it wishes to give us the ability to make an impact on this world no matter where we come from or who we are. There are several programs that wish to change education, train youth, and more, but they are generally extremely exclusive, and can cost a lot of money. Youth Culture is unique because it is inclusive of all races, social classes, and types of youth.
Through the assistance of industry professionals, value of my opinion, and the listening ears of Youth Culture members, I will feel empowered to speak my voice. Not only will Youth Culture train me for my career, but it will allow me to provide value to the industry despite my experience. By interning in a field that intrigues me, I can work my hardest and engage myself to help solve modern problems, innovate leading-edge technologies, and provide assistance to such teams. This organization will greatly boost the economy, revolutionize education as we know it, inspire loyalty from an early age, and allow for mass innovation. By training youth and giving them opportunities at a young age, we will feel the need to give back or stay loyal to these companies for giving us a chance. By providing internship opportunities, industries will gain low-cost productivity, insightful value, and so much more. We youth will get professional experience, savings, and development of character.
Education does not need to be just marks and memorization, Youth Culture can make it the school of life.
Despite being a recent start-up, I have seen Youth Culture passionately engage in current issues and promising solutions. After several months of social distancing and isolation, Youth Culture President Kim Cooper noticed a wide range of detrimental impacts on youth. A survey was developed and conducted to find out how youth felt. Another issue that appeared was the disconnect between youth and the industry. Industries are providing opportunities but are unable to access all the youth potential. There is a lot of youth potential as well, but they do not know how to connect to the industry. Youth Culture is developing initiatives to try and connect the two. Digital misinformation has become prevalent with current issues such as COVID-19, BLM, and more. Youth Culture is also looking into methods to improve digital literacy. In general, Youth Culture is attempting to solve some of the most important issues in today’s “youth culture.” The passion to help the youth which drives this team deeply inspires me to support this cause.
Let’s Get To It!
There are so many ways our society can be improved, developed, and innovated to help all its citizens. Through initiatives in education, inclusiveness, youth impact, and professional experience, Youth Culture Inc. strives to bring tomorrow a little closer to today. The global and personal impacts I envision this organization will have motivates me to join forces and stand for this purpose. Together with Youth Culture, we will strive for positive and long-lasting change to help approach our world’s biggest issues.