I have written a simple speech a couple of years back. Browsing through my files, I noticed one that speaks of the youth and its actually for the Sangguniang Kabataan. But since school has started already, I thought it would be timely to post something that speaks about the role of our youths in our struggle to have a better community, better country, and a better world.
here it is...
Despite the clouds hovering over this tumultuous time in our country, the youth is the silver lining that brings us hope. And the youth whom we entrust our future and the future of this nation is YOU.
The Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) for many years has honed and shaped leaders who have become forces to be reckoned with in our respective communities. Organizations such as the SK, serve as a breeding ground of a select group of young people whose passion to serve makes them stand out among their peers. It has disproved a common notion that the youth are but lost souls and can only do so little during their time. And it makes us believe that serving the public knows no age, that its only a matter of “speaking up” and “equating words with actions” to make a difference.
You should know that upon the youth's shoulders rest the undefined responsibility of taking our future to greater heights. And there’s no better time to get our acts together and start making a difference but today! Let us not wait for our elders to teach us how to do things that are good for our community or to figure out how to solve simple issues in the smallest unit of our society. It only takes a strong sense of what is right and wrong and the infallible will to do good for others. You are the cream of the crop, the select few catapulted to a position that if only you’d realize a gigantic difference can be made.
It has been said that “youth is the only season in which human nature can be corrected, in youth the power of correction is without limit.” Take this moment in considering how you can correct the wrongs that you see. Changing a whole nation may take decades but if you start today, the very fabric of the future can easily be woven. Only the youth can initiate real change because they are creative, idealistic and in control. The youth of this nation can shed the dirt this country has been into, which could cure the diseases that hinders its development.
Today is not only a celebration the youth but of leadership at the same time. To collectively do serious introspection of the things we have done, the differences we have made and the direction we are taking this nation should be the youths end in mind.
Alas! The youth will forever be the future of our country.