Strong communities tend to have behind them a collection of individuals who are dedicated to the health and financial nourishment of a given community. Often, that type of care is fostered by teaching the public at a young age to care about their community. This effort is also helped by offering young people the tools to understand how to commit fully to community involvement.
For the success of an economy, a community must have high rates of employment, commerce, and an attitude of resilience. Individuals must congregate with one’s community to identify, discuss and address economic changes is vital. To do this, a citizen must feel like they have some say in actions, and they must feel that their voices can create change on the micro and macro level.
It’s essential that to foster a sense of responsibility and path to public affairs engagement, involving the of building citizenship and teaching civic duty, at a young age. However, that education should never let up.
“We the people” are responsible for the politicians in office. In a democracy, we can see firsthand the lasting effect of choices made in the voting booth. Our country isn’t a technocracy, emperor, monarch, party, oligarchy, or aristocracy –we name our elected representatives, who then place non-elected officials into high-ranking positions. It’s up to us to educate ourselves about a person’s beliefs, policies, and intention because the legislation they propose can dictate everything from student loan taxes to health regulations.
In a democratic republic, it’s essential that all members of a community understand the ideals of citizenship, owning the responsibilities, decisions, or behaviors of those they’ve elected. Active engagement means that your voice will be heard. You can sound off about any given educated opinion, knowing that you at least had the space to offer your thoughts to delegates.
Without knowledge and without an interest in building or improving civic health, young people will be unprepared and unable to address the shape that national or local politics take adequately. A lack of education will continue to contribute to an overall distrust of the government. Fewer will see the way a government can be fundamental for helping to change lives.
What are some ways we can teach young people to commit to improving their civic health to grow their communities?