Friday, March 11, 2016
QUESTIONS FOR SAINT LOUIS TEENS
WHAT DO YOU NEED
TO CHANGE THE WORLD?
What would you like to learn that you are not studying now? (Dance, music, acting, filmmaking, astronomy, skating, sculpture, clothing design, baking, ???)
What do you think would make school better for you?
What would make your neighbourhood better for you?
What do you need in your life that you do not have now?
Do you feel like you have a meaningful future ahead of you? If not, what do you think needs to change?
Do you feel that you have something to contribute to the world?
Do you take pride in yourself? In your school? In your community? If not, what would need to happen or change for you to feel proud?
What changes would you like to make in your life? What do you need to make those changes?
Is there anywhere in St. Louis that you would like to go that you have not been?
Anywhere in Missouri that you would like to visit? In the U.S.? In the World?
Are there enough after-school and weekend activities and venues for Teens in St. Louis?
What sort of activities or social events or clubs do you think would reduce crime and gang violence in schools and neighbourhoods?
What do you think would prevent kids from dropping out of school?
Answer these questions to yourself first. Be as detailed as you can in your answers. If you have the courage and the desire, write the answers down, or make a video or audio recording, and share them. Share them with your teacher, or an elected official, or church or community group, or Imagine a Better St Louis or similar organization.
Every great invention, all of our technology, every song, every movie, every social change, everything in human civilization began with a thought.
Don't be afraid to ask for what you need. Youth are the future, and the world looks to you for leadership. Begin shaping your world now, by communicating what you need, and by sharing your solutions to the problems in your community.
“May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.” – Nelson Mandela
"If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities." -- Maya Angelou
If you want to print this as a leaflet and share it (it's two sided, half a page each side)