International Youth Day
On International Youth Day (Friday 12 August), we take the
opportunity to reflect on the disturbing occurrences of the past
week and to acknowledge and celebrate the participation of so many
young people in positive activities like guiding.
Many statements have been made about the perpetrators and the
causes of the rioting. It will take a long time to fully understand
what happened and to put measures in place to prevent this from
happening again. In the meantime we have a role to play in
building a better future for young people and for our
Guiding is at the heart of many communities. Every week girls and
young women are given opportunities to develop self-confidence and
self-esteem alongside a broad range of practical and life
Our members are an asset to their local area and can play an
active role in the rebuilding of communities. We can be proactive
in getting beyond our meeting spaces, working with partners in our
local communities to bring people back together and healing the
wounds of this past week.
There are still many girls and young women who would not think of
guiding as something for them. We must continue to reach out and
find ways to give them the opportunities that we have all gained
from guiding, showing them how guiding is inclusive and responsive
to their needs.
Guiding provides a safe space in which girls and young women can
explore their own values and behaviours and develop the confidence
and skills to make the right decisions about their lives. This is
needed now more than ever.
Most importantly, let's celebrate the positive impact that our
young people have in society. Let's shout it from the roof tops and
show that young people should be valued and supported.