Youth are already shaping our future.
“Gen-Z will surpass Millennials in 2019 as the most populous generation, comprising roughly 32 percent of the population… not only is it mounting in numbers, but it’s also already shifting trends on communication and consumption. From the rise of ephemeral platforms to the fall of cookie-cutter social media.” (Gen-Z is about to outnumber Millennials.)
This means today’s youth are focusing more on the quality of their relationships instead the quantity of their friends list. Organizations and foundations, who have not already, will have to shift the way they look at youth engagement.
To get to the future we want, youth engagement is not the only thing that will need to change. This week at the knowledge centre we are imagining the future.
What do you see at the most crucial pivot point in how the youth sector operates?
- Reconciling the origins of foundational wealth. Changing the foundations relationship to community is crucial when considering the origins of their wealth being “twice stolen.”
- Inspiring better communication. Creating open data that is accessible to interface with. Improving the understanding and usefulness of evaluation for the organization not just the funder, including incorporating Indigenous evaluation methodology. Mitigating optimism bias, and intentionally shifting the power dynamic between funder and funded organization to create more honest reporting.
- Embracing diversity from the community to the foundational level. To create equal opportunities for youth in Ontario, special investment must be made to vulnerable populations. Investing in youth in remote Indigenous communities requires the insight of remote Indigenous staff and creates a higher sense of accountability to community.
Have something else in mind? Join the conversation by adding your own answers in the comment section below.