As you are aware recently we have started through Birmingham Empowerment Forum our Youth Forum to Politically energise 14-24 year old in order for them to engage civic and political duties with confidence in order that their contribution are positive.
I was with some young people yesterday Judging the semi Finals of The Lions Den competition which saw enterprising Young People pitching their Business Ideas.
I must confess that I was delighted to see that we do have some innovative and outgoing young people who were not frightened or intimidated to step up to the mark and talk about their business ideas with passion, researched knowledge and also using various well prepared visual aids in some cases.
Ideas such as Bespoke Ladies Wear for the 'Jordan Type Ladies', Bespoke Tee Shirts & Bags with inspirational wordings, Key Poetry Notes on Tee Shirts, An Online School Girls Magazine, Luxury Cosmetics, Educational Mentoring Schemes and Financial Educational Tools.
Owing to the age group, I alarmingly found out that Schools do not teach young people about managing their own finances, such as the role of the Banks, how to manage finances , the use of current accounts or even what is an APR. This would be important in preparing youngsters especially in Year 11 for Society generally. There does appear to be several gaps in the education process that need to be addressed, hence the need for more of us to apply to become LEA School Governors.
These Young People are a breathe of fresh air and to be honest I am sure that there are more of them out there. It's time for Communities to support our Young People in order to enable, what is good lead the way and become the positive role model in inspiring others. Empowering Young People that they do have a skill just work on it in order to have a positive impact on Society.
The Lions Den Final Take with the Successful 4 Semi Finalists takes place on Saturday 1st June 2013 at Bethel Convention Centre Kelvin Way West Bromwich visit www.loud360.org
They cannot do it alone, they need our help, so time to work together in other to develop a self sufficient Community and a brighter future for our Youth.