Written by James Okere


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The future hope of the world is in the hands of mentored and motivated youths. Presently, many countries of the world are witnessing lots of anti-social vices amongst the youths. These anti-social vices prevalent amongst the world youths include internalization of wrong values which retards societal development. The need to curb them as to improve the society; politically, educationally, socially, economically, technologically is a challenge that must be surmounted via influencing the world youths.

Role of Parents: Parents have great influence in the lives of their children. Many who have realized their worth and potentials attested to the facts that their parents were highly instrumental. Dr. Ben Carson; a world acclaimed Neurologist and an international role model for many youths today admitted that his success story became possible largely because he received mentorship from his mother: Sonya Carson; who encouraged him and mentored him to read books in order to learn and develop his mind. In his book-“Think Big”, he appreciated his mother’s mentorship and dedicated chapter two titled- My Mother, Sonya Carson to her.

Dr. Mike Murdock; a Pastor, Author of several books, International Speaker admitted that his mother gave him strong upbringing including motivating him towards God. Also the legendry UCLA basketball coach John Wooden said he learnt as a kid from his father, Joshua Wooden who used to tell the young John “Don’t try to be better than somebody else, but never cease trying to be the best you can”

Nature of School: The types of school attended by our youths are very cardinal towards influencing them. The environment, the nature of academic programme, extra- curriculum programme the youths are exposed are important. Also important is the type and character of the teachers teaching these youths. Many schools that have had mentorship programmes introduced in their schools have had more successful youths being raised up.

Mentorship: Train up a child in the way of the Lord, when he grows up he will not depart from it (Proverbs 22:6); this is mentorship.

Mentorshipis a sure way of human capacity building. It works towards directing the mind of people towards achieving success in life as to make impact in our society.

It is on record that many people have rose to stardom through mentoring values. The mentorship is geared towards developing the youths in various profession including business, agriculture, technology, management, writing, publishing, leadership, craft etc.

The essence of mentoring the youths by individuals and societal values is to positively direct their energy towards identifying all the values that could shape and lead them towards achieving greatness attested to by the society.

Hence, mentorship in our youths involves role modeling activity which build the character of our youths.

Reading Books and Periodicals: A sure way of influencing the youths is to encourage them to read books and other relevant publications. We can also encourage them to do so via donating books as gifts to the youths.

Ogbo Awoke Ogbo: a Nigerian and founder of Giant thoughts International said “My father’s library stirred me up to what I am today. I wish parents can inculcate reading in their children because it can transform their destinies for the better”. He added, my father had this book titled, “Makers of Civilization”, there he read all the explorers, like Christopher Columbus, I read about the discovery of America etc. Ogbo who developed his reading ability at the age of eight, further stated that, what he read made him wonder as a young child how these people started all these as far back as the 15th century, what spurred them to dare and to start making efforts towards inventions and discoveries.

Also Pastor John .C Maxwell admitted that reading books was instrumental to his successes in life. He said his father who was a Pastor espoused him to reading and attending conferences, with such youthful background he pursued his career in life.

Conferences/Workshops/Seminars: To further influence our youths we need to expose them to attend conferences/seminars/ workshops which build their mind for life pursuits and greatness.

Inspiring conferences have also become great way to influence the youths positively. The thoughts shared at such gathering shape the youth mind sets towards accomplshments. Pastor C. Maxwell; an internationally recognized leadership expert, speaker and author in his book the 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership stated that several years ago while teaching leadership to a group of people in Denver U.S.A., he noticed the activities of a nineteen year old named Brian, who he said he spoke to and encouraged him thus “Brian, I’ve been watching you here”, “I said, “and I’m impressed with how hungry you are to learn and glean and grow. I want to tell you a secret that will change your life”. I believe that in about twenty years, you can be a great leader. I want to encourage you to make yourself a lifelong learner of leadership. Read books, listen to tapes regularly, and keep attending seminars. And whenever you come across a golden nugget of truth or a significant quote, file it away for the future.

Today, Brian Tracy is an accomplished author, leadership expert and motivator.

Championing values that would Influence our youths positively is a task that we must collectively pursue in order to creative positive impacts amongst the youths, our future leaders.

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