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1 Young Men & Women – A Communitys Greatest Asset By: Peter Kenyon Director Bank of I.D.E.A.S (Initiatives for the Development of Enterprising Action and Strategies) Ph:61 – 8 – 6293 1848 Fax: 61 – 8 – 6293 1137 email: web:

2 My Passions Building healthy and inclusive communities Enabling young women and men to be seen, heard and respected

3 By far the most important factor in the ratings of success was … How people feel about their community (The Success Factors – Managing Change in Regional and Rural Australia – Rural Womens Advisory Council)

4 Volunteering has consistently been identified in the study as a critical factor of the future success of rural and regional communities. It has been the single most important factor in people feeling good about their communities, and hence working for their communitys greater success (Rural Womens Advisory Council – The Success Factors Managing Change in Regional and Rural Australia)

5 Yet the rate of volunteering is declining at a time when it is most needed. Older volunteers are burning out and younger people are being discouraged from participating by the prevalence of barriers that make them feel negative about their communities (Rural Womens Advisory Council – The Success Factors Managing Change in Regional and Rural Australia)

6 Younger people need more opportunities to create and implement their own ways of increasing the communitys options, viability and quality of life. (Rural Womens Advisory Group, (2001) The Success Factors Managing Change in Regional and Rural Australia)

7 Lessons We Have Learnt Give me a place to stand and I shall move the world. (Archimedes)

8 Lesson 1. See young people as a unique community asset, not a community problem

9 Historic View Of Young People cause problems have problems are problems

10 SOCRATES (500BC) - Our youth today now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for authority, disrespect for older people. Children now days are tyrants, they no longer rise when elders enter the room, they contradict their parents, they chatter before company, gobble their food and tyrannise their teachers. They have execrable manners, flout authority, have no respect for their elders. What kind of awful creatures will they be when they grow up. ARISTOTLE (300 BC) - When I look at the younger generation, I despair for the future of civilisation.

11 PLATO - Of all animals, the boy is the most unmanageable. PETER THE HERMIT (1274) - The world is passing through troubled times. The young people of today think of nothing but themselves. They have no reverence for parents or old age; they are impatient of all restraint; they talk as if they alone know everything, and what passes for wisdom with us is foolishness with them. As for the girls, they are foolish and immodest and unwomanly in speech, behaviour and dress. DISRAELI - 'Youth is a blunder'

12 The youth of the present day are quite monstrous. They have absolutely no respect of dyed hair. OSCAR WILDE Youth is such a wonderful thing. What a crime to waste it on children. GEORGE BERNARD SHAW

13 TEONA Latin word from which the word teenager originates. It means grief, strife and misery

14 When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years. (Mark twain)

15 Inside every older person is a younger person – wondering what the hell happened (ANON)

16 Unique Contribution By Young Women and Men Fresh perspectives Great collaborators Make the dollar stretch Passionate about issues, eg, environment / sustainability Idealism Impatience Attract the attention of the media Best know what other young people think and want

17 Young people have deficiencies and needs Young people have capacities and assets

18 Problem Problem Solver Client Change Maker Recipient Co-Participant At risk population Leadership asset to be dealt withto be cultivated TomorrowsPart of todays LeadersLeadership team Adult in the A citizen today making Paradigm Change Regarding Young Men and Women

19 Oppose Adultism Adultism is a term applied to any behavior, action, language or limitation placed on young peoples rights and participation that does not afford them the respect that they deserve as citizens. It is often predicated on the belief that because someone is young, they lack skill, intelligence or ability.

20 Lesson 2. Recognise the positive leadership contribution of young people

21 Youth are the leaders of today, not tomorrow. We are assets, not liabilities. We are solutions, not a problem to be solved (Sooraya Mentor, South Africa)

22 Consider These Facts Joan of Arc lead 3,000 French knights to victory in the Battle of Orleans at age 17 Mozart composed his first symphony at age 6 Ned Kelly was hung at age 25 Ivor Evans designed the Australian flag at age 14. Einstein wrote his first paper on the theory of relativity at age 16

23 It is an important message to young people that they can do wonderous things (Greg Darnieder)

24 R U MAD? Are You Making A Difference? - An Initiative of the Education Foundation -

25 Three Levels Of Madness Level One – Commit to a mad day Level Two – Create a team or year long mad project Level Three – Establish A Mad student Foundation

26 Lesson 3. Structure creative opportunities for young people to lead, teach and do

27 Lead ON Objective: to find ways of engaging, informing and connecting young people to the business and broader community, thereby exposing them to what is possible in their community.

28 Opening doors and windows to enable young people to pursue personal, career and community dreams

29 Community interconnectedness Enhanced community capacity Strengthened personal capacity (confidence, awareness, ability to engage in conversation with adults, enterprise skills....) Significant community development projects Employment / career opportunities The Lead On name evolved from the notion of what each opportunity Leads on to. Lead On Outcomes

30 Since 1999: 3700 young people involved in 800+ Lead On projects 15 communities now sponsoring Lead On programs 250 young people have found employment directly through participation

31 Being launched in early September with – - opening of shop front office / workspace - 20 person Board (50 % young people) - first project – launch of Communitys first local newspaper Kalamunda Community Matters Community Door Program Kalamunda MAD Day (>4000 students) Community Passions and Skills Audit Lead On Kalamunda

32 HANDS (things I know how to do and enjoy, e.g. project organisation, gardening, painting, rock climbing, cooking, jewellery making, using the internet, sign language etc) HEART (things I care deeply about, e.g. environment, intergenerational activities, animal welfare, womens rights, youth unemployment etc) HEAD (things I know something about, and would enjoy talking about or teaching to others about, e.g. local history, conservation, business management etc) Community Skills and Passion Audit

33 There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our young people – one of these is roots, the other is wings (Hodding Carter)

34 We believe the children are the future… Teach them well and let them lead the way… Show them all the beauty they possess inside… Give them a sense of pride… Let the childrens laughter remind us how we used to be (Song by George Benson)

35 Contact Details Peter Kenyon Ph: +61 8 6293 1848 Fax: + 61 8 6293 1137 14 Bird Rd, Kalamunda WA 6076 Email for copy of presentation: Website for bookshop & newsletter mailing list:

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