Executive Director's Corner: Empowering Youth Leaders
The current generation is growing up much more environmentally and socially responsible and aware than previous generations. In a 2013 social impact study, when companies support these causes, millenials were more likely to buy that company’s product (90%). However, only 15% of consumers believed that those companies can make significant progress on these issues and only 21% believes their purchase had any significant impact. We’re helping our children grow up to be more sensitive to issues facing our planet through sustainability education. They just don’t have much faith in the system to get it done.
That’s where we need to focus our efforts. Why can’t we change the system so our youth feel empowered to take the reins and actually affect change. Let’s improve the way we operate our schools so that we’re “walking the walk”. We need to provide students with an environment where they can make a difference and are equipped with the knowledge and skills to do so. Let’s provide the opportunity for our students to speak out and be heard, with support along the way, so they realize dreams can happen with a lot of hard work.
The Green Schools Alliance community is filled with students’ reflections on leadership and how they want to create change. These stories are inspiring accounts of how school environment ignites action in a community. As we continue to move toward the realization of a sustainable world, empowering the youngest among us will transform their ideas of what they can do. Children who feel like they can make a difference will go far beyond our expectations, redefining the impossible, and change the world!