International Youth Day was established by the UN in 1999, to raise awareness of the importance of youth participation and investing in youth. The theme of the day for 2009 is Sustainability: Our Challenge. Our Future.
As many of you know, sustainable development means meeting the needs of the people today without hurting the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. In other words, we can’t make decisions based on what we need now, without considering the impacts of our actions in the years ahead. According to the UN, “sustainability does not only refer to maintaining environmental balance and renewal. Sustainability encapsulates three facets of life: the environment, society and the economy.” For example, many girls around the world don’t get to go to school because they have to help with household chores, such as fetching water. While this might be an immediate need for the family, in the long-run educating girls can be a powerful force for development: if a woman is educated and has an income, then she is more likely to send her children to school and to the doctor to make sure they are healthy.
As Editor of Youthink! I struggle with the question of how young people around the world can feel more involved; can feel that their voices and ideas will actually be heard and make a difference. Especially those young people with limited means and resources at their disposal. It’s always amazing for me to get a first-hand look, based on the emails I receive, into the goals and dreams of so many of you living around the world, and your thoughts and ideas for tackling the issues that matter to you, like corruption, climate change and unemployment. And most of all, your optimism and determination to make a difference.
The point I’m getting at (and I apologize for the long-windedness), is that I have no doubt that youth everywhere really want to create change. The question is, how can you get involved? What are the challenges you face in doing so, and what are the best ways to overcome those challenges? So, this year, for International Youth Day, we want your ideas.
Answer the question below in an essay of no more than 1000 words:
What are your tangible ideas for how youth can create effective, long-lasting change? How can youth in your country—or around the world—work together to really make a difference?
Winner will receive an iPod Nano (4GB)and a Youthink! bag.
2 runners-up will each receive a Youthink! bag and a copy of the book
Change theWorld for Ten Bucks—a book of simple, everyday actions that we can all do.
Read This Before Getting Started…
- The deadline for submissions is August 12, 2009
- Open to participants aged 16-25 (winners will need to provide proof of age)
- Essays can be submitted as MS Word documents (.doc) or in Adobe Acrobat (.pdf)
- Only one entry is allowed per person
- All submissions must be the author’s original work, and should not have been previously published anywhere
- Youthink! will publish the winning and runner-up submissions, and may modify format and content for publication purposes
- World Bank staff are not eligible to participate
- Winners will be announced on August 25, 2009
How/where to submit:
You can either email your submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail them to:
Mail Stop: MC 9-907
1818 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20433
Coming Up With Unique Argumentative Essay Topics On The Youth Of Today
The process of choosing a topic for your argumentative essay takes two natural routes. One is where the teacher has provided a list from where you pick one topic. This is easy since the list provides worthy ideas with each having been vetted and approved as worthy for writing the paper. The second option requires a bit of skills.
Choosing an essay topic on youth of today without any suggestions from the teacher can either prove easy or difficult. The approach you give the exercise will make the process of writing rewarding or bothersome. The right steps to take are as follows:-
- Begin Early- you should begin thinking of possible topics immediately the assignment is issued. Do not wait until the day you will sit down to write in order to come up with a topic. The mind responds to the urgency or the priority you give to the essay writing exercise and will begin to generate ideas.
- Brain storm- this is an exercise that involves writing all the ideas that come to mind. You are required to set a limit either in terms of time or a number of topics. When the assigned time lapses or you hit the limit you had set, you are required to stop. It is from the generated list that you will pick a topic.
- Make a decision- many ideas will pop into your mind. Decide that you are going to write on a particular topic. Indecision only wastes time and will only delay the writing process which must take off.
Some of the original and fresh ideas for argumentative essays on the youth of today include:-
- Technology has made the youths more creative
- The youth today are more responsible than several decades ago
- Youths today are more focused than in the past
- The relationship between parents and the youth today has improved
- Youths today are more patriotic than in the past
- The youth of today mature faster than decades ago
- The present day youth is more productive than in the past
- Technology has improved the emotional stability of present day youth
- The present day youth is more conscious of the environment
- The youth of today is more religious
- Present day youths understand the world better
- The youths understand politics better than in the past
It is worth noting that your actual choice of argumentative essay on the youth today is just a tentative guide. The phrasing may change as you conduct more research.