Youth Advocates: Hear Out and be Heard

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The youth of today’s society are enormously overtaken by the wonders of modern technology. In fact, most teenagers today can’t survive a day without using one. Social networking sites and cellular phones are some of the technologies that are widely used nowadays. Moreover, it is the easiest and most convenient way in reaching the youth to participate in advocacies.

In my opinion, I think that as a youth, engaging in social groups to support advocacies is the most expedient way in which most youngsters can be able to voice out their own opinions and giving them the opportunity to get involved. Apparently, as these teenagers reach adulthood, they may have developed a rational way of thinking armed with advocacy skills and power.

According to the study of Rosemary Thackery Ph.D., MPH (Empowering youth: Use of Technology in Advocacy to Affect Social Change) the youth advocates use cell phones and Social networking sites for 1) recruiting people to join the cause, 2) organizing collective action, 3) raising awareness and shaping attitudes, 4) raising funds to support the cause, and 5) communicating with decision makers. This is why using these technologies are very convenient since it can reach a large number of people. Furthermore, the technology helps the youth to enhance their own beliefs and way of thinking.

I personally support several advocacies using these technologies. One good example of it is the DREAM PROJECT PH. I once attended a talk about this project and I immediately fell in love with its advocacy. This project aims to shape the dreams of the Filipino youth, teaches the culture of dreams, inspires the youth to dream big and enable dreams for the Philippines. But since it is Negros Occidental based and I can’t support the cause in person, I just simply share it to my friends in facebook and ask them to support the project. It’s just so nice how they have reached a large amount of people using the social networking sites. And through these technologies, they have acquired sponsors from the different parts of the Philippines.

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We are in a generation where you don’t have to stand and shout out loud to be heard. We are in the generation that is well equipped with technologies where we can voice out our own opinions and support advocacies in our own simple ways.  The technology made its way to reach us. Now it’s our time to reach for others as well. Don’t limit yourself. Explore, participate and be aware. Support advocacies. Hear out and be heard.

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14 responses to “Youth Advocates: Hear Out and be Heard

  1. Cru

    Online Sites has now been the way where young journalists/youth have the atmosphere to speak out and be heard. :))

  2. I agree with “We are in a generation where you don’t have to stand and shout out loud to be heard.” Technology could be a tool for a person to be heard.

  3. Yes, we are now in the XYZ generation which lots of technologies are invented and sometimes by the use of this social media we can voice out what really in our hearts and also say something in our society. I can say that let us use this for good not for bad. I’ll support this project! 🙂

  4. Agree! Technology is a vital reason that shapes the youth of today. It can shape them who they can be in the years to come. So, it’s good if we start it with good purposes. To spread the love, faith and hope to people. Not to spread the hatred and to ruin each other’s lives. Gambatte ne mina-san! ^_^/

  5. Participating in collective actions and joining an advocacy are things a teenager should really get involved. Like what you’ve said “We are in the generation that is well equipped with technologies where we can voice out our own opinions and support advocacies in our own simple ways.” – we do not need so much effort, we just need the motivation to do so and use well our resources.

  6. april dawnn bahague

    As a youth, indeed we should do our part for our country such as supporting advocacies that aims for the improvement and betterment of our country.
    By using technologies that we have nowadays, we can make a difference.

  7. Mc ember

    using modern technology is the best way to do cause it can help us in our study and modern technology help us use social networking sites that are widely use today and through it we can be updated what is happening to our country right now and through modern technology it can make our work easy. and we can express our opinions and heard out 🙂 >_<

  8. True, naquitaregine! We, the youth, should support and participate advocacy. We must be thankful that we have technology that really contributes a lot for us to speak up, hear out, and be heard.

  9. I agree with you, individuals can participate in our advocacy but collective action of a larger group is generally more successful so we can say that we can use technology to also influence others
    🙂

  10. It makes us more aware of our society and it encourages us to think more critically of what’s really going on. We speak up and take things into action that could lead to change.

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  12. Distance is no longer a barrier for us to be socially active. 🙂

  13. indeed it is very true, let us think outside of the box, let us maximize all the potentials of modern technology. as the youth, we must be on the frontiers of making change because as what Rizal says, ” the youth is the hope of our fatherland”

  14. Summer

    I admire this kids trying to make the world a better place. I admire the people who created every youth organizations to keep youth off the street doing something they will regret later. And today’s youth are smart, more sensible and tech savvy. And i believe its easy to reach out for kids and for them to respond using the modern technology called media. Social media can either make or break youths. but as what i’ve said they are smart and sensible nowadays enough for them to know what to choose or how to interact using the social media. You decide.

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