I’m a great believer that if you’re born or have been accepted as a legal citizen in the USA, you have a right to a decent life just like anyone-else. As a nation it doesn’t (or shouldn’t) matter what race, color or creed you are, having access to a proper start in life has to be available to everyone.

Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case but that doesn’t mean there aren’t people out there trying to help change the way we educate our children regardless of what “class” they are. These may seem like controversial words, but I’m all about speaking the truth. So, in the following few words I’m going to outline how certain organizations are doing their utmost to help children grow into well-educated and responsible adults.

Youth Development or Leadership? That is the Question!

The first thing I aim to clear up is the difference between youth development and leadership. Often, these two phrases are used in the same breath as one another when in fact, they’re not in the least bit similar. Youth development is aimed at adolescents who have reached what can only be described as a difficult time in life. There are physical changes going on, and the switch from middle to high school isn’t an easy one.

Youth leadership on the other hand is aimed at youngsters who are ready to be “prepped” for life in the workplace, and are encouraged to explore their ability to lead others. During this process, they learn many life skills that will stand them in good stead for the future.

Work, Learn, Thrive and Lead

These are just a few of the areas in which youth development and leadership programs work. Not only are kids given the opportunity to learn the basics such as reading and math, they’re also prepared for making decisions such as what career path to follow. These programs also focus on how youngsters are going to fit into society, so awareness courses are also available.

For example, youths are taught about the dangers of drugs, alcohol and tobacco (among other things). Perhaps the most important aspect of these types of programs is they’re available to all children regardless of physical or mental ability. In fact, a lot of organizations will take a child even if their zip-code is in a less than desirable area.

Companies are not Profiteering

There are plenty of organizations that get involved with development programs. Many of them are faith based, non-profit or both and are located across the US. Aside from helping youngsters to become well turned out adults mentally, emotionally and behaviorally these programs also help with careers. For example, a child may show an interest and ability with carpentry in which case they will be offered a training program to help them develop this skill.

Deprived Kids Shouldn’t be Deprived of a Decent Life

There is absolutely no reason why any child in America can’t have access to a decent education, and youth development programs are popping up all over the country. However, don’t forget that parents still play an important role in all of this. It’s possible to get involved with fund raising, mentoring or even helping out behind the scenes.

There all sorts of places you can go to help, and if your kids see you doing something practical to help them reach their potential, it can only encourage them further. Just because you come from a poor background, it doesn’t mean your children can’t one day become a success in life and work.

Support Youth Development!

We live in a challenging world these days, and whilst kids are (for the most part) adaptable, there are those who need an extra helping hand. I can’t stress enough just how important it is that we support youth development and leadership. After all, these guys are our future and anything we can do to help them become successful deserves a gold star in my book!