Anybody who has been involved with the AYCW know that youth action and involvement is at the core of what we do. And what we do is to empower young people to make a positive difference in their lives and within their community.
The AYCW has inspired and produced a number of leaders who have accomplished something meaningful in their lives and who encourage others to take positive action within their own lives, too.
The AYCW is all about you and how your own unique gifts and abilities can positively transform yourself and others.
The cost of not recognising young people as leaders of their community can be significant. Keeping young people involved, informed, and inspired will lead to innovation, invention, and action.
Inspiring young people to become great leaders will encourage them to pursue their dreams, engage with what’s going on in the world around them, and fuel their desire to want to make a difference.
To be a leader you do not need to be the smartest, the quickest, the loudest, or the best. A true leader is all about being able to lead by example and to encourage others to do the same too.
Stand-out leaders come in all shapes and sizes, all backgrounds and beliefs, and all ages. It doesn’t matter if you don’t believe you ‘fit’ into the stereotype of what a leader looks like, “..what really matters is that leaders are able to create enthusiasm, empower their people, instill confidence and be inspiring to the people around them,” says Peter Handal, chief executive of New York City-based Dale Carnegie Training, a leadership-training company.
Inspiring leadership in young people
1. Have a dream
Leaders are often dreamers, with the ability to dream and think about the goals they want to achieve or inspire. Encouraging young people to goal-set and dream big at an early age will set them up on a course of life-long action planning. Young people have nothing to lose, dreams can be as big or as ‘out there’ as they can be. Find a passion, something which ignites you to take action.
2. Create a vision
Goal-setting and planning are often talked about in campaign formuation’s, business strategies, and personal planning. By navigating a course of action for your dream, you are setting in place the path needed to get you there. Think about your dream and make a realistic ‘Action Plan’ laying down the steps you need to take, the people you need to contact, the resources you need, and the timeline of this course of action. Having a ‘map’ laid out will save you from deviating off course.
3. Talk about your dreams
In order to make your dreams come true you need to enlist the help of others. By being open about your dream, goal, passion, or desires you are inviting participation. Just like a salesman would, take every opportunity to ‘brand’ your product and let it inspire collective participation.
4. Encourage potential
How do great leaders inspire their teams? By acknowledging the unique gifts and talents that their followers possess, and encouraging them to use these gifts in achieving personal growth and positive action. A true leader is able to innovate and inspire others, in a genuine and encouraging way.
If you are a young person and have a passion, a goal, or a dream to share and if you wish to inspire others, then the AYCW annual ‘Action Party’ is just for you. Build friendships, leaderships skills, and join a national community striving to inspire young leaders to make a difference.