YOUNG VOICES: Youths will always need advice

2013-05-06T00:00:00Z YOUNG VOICES: Youths will always need adviceBy Jaylen Johnson nwitimes.com
May 06, 2013 12:00 am  • 

There is a lot of good in today’s youths. Often, adults don’t see it.

Yes, my generation has its flaws, as has every other generation. Sometimes the youth just needs a little help having the good brought out. Often, people hang out with the wrong crowd. Hanging with the wrong people will keep that one person from becoming the best person they can become.

Young people will continue to have chances to better themselves. It would be greatly appreciated if the adults and previous generations would continue to help out.

There are many ways that adults can be a positive influence in a young person’s life. They can take the time to help the youth out. They can build things together, or the adult can help the younger person out with their school work. There are a lot more ways an adult could help.

There are many mentors in my life. Some of my mentors are family members and teachers. They have helped me get through many different situations. Without them I wouldn’t be the person I am today. Many of my peers need mentors. This would allow them to better themselves.

For a summer, I was a member of the Boys & Girls Club. I really enjoyed my experience there. A lot of the people who worked there were people were volunteers who didn’t get paid. They were working and helping the youths. It is really important that places like this stay open.

Also, a lot of coaches, referees, and umpires volunteer. Without these coaches, referees and umpires volunteering, the games and activities couldn’t have been played.

The adult from a previous generation should feel good knowing they helped out the youth. Helping the youth is a great thing. This is how future leaders are born.

The good that is hidden in the youth could possibly come out. This might be the difference in them leaving the friends keeping them down and leaving them for friends who are positive and will become successful.

Without previous generations, my generation wouldn’t be here. There is much that my peers and I could learn from the adults around us. Often, there is a barrier between youths and adults. Hopefully, that will get broken and we can act as one. That is how people should be, but most of the time it’s not the case. They paved the road that allows us to live.

There are plenty of adults who are great leaders. I hope those leaders find someone who could really use the help and advice.

Jaylen Johnson of Merrillville is a senior at Calumet New Tech High School. The opinion expressed in this column is the writer's.

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