Youth Power and Civic Engagement

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August 2015.Unleashed the creative talents of 30 Youth delegates as active citizens  and actors for development, positioned them in a space that they do not ordinarily occupy was the goal of Mother of Hope Cameroon during the Commemoration of the International Youth Day in Ntasen Nkwen-Bamenda.The  ‪#‎Youth Power Workshop was based on building a stronger network and solidarity of young leaders using their‪#‎YouthPower‬ in the ‪#‎Action2015‬ for the ‪#‎post2015agenda‬ for #‎theCameroonWeWant‬. The  30 Youth delegates participation from Rural Communities took the Civic Engagement to lead as active citizens for the #Cameroon2035 through effective governance and total  involvement of young Cameroonians in the decision making policies.

Engaging youth Leadership

Breaking the chains of poverty and enhancing sustainable societies in Africa we as youth leaders should actively engage underprivileged youths in rural/slum communities in our respective Countries. To become an active citizen for development, African youths should be able to:

1. Have Faith in God
It’s the Lord who gives wisdom, from him comes knowledge and understanding. (Prov 2:6) When things are out of our control just trust in God and He will take you through those difficult moments and will provide your needs. He will gives you peace even when though we are in conflicts and crises and things don’t work out the way we expected.

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2. Believe in Yourself
As active young citizen for development you have to believe in yourself. Always Think big and Dream big. Focus on your strengths and work on developing your weaknesses. Don’t compare yourself to others and don’t let circumstances dictate what you are capable of achieving. Believe in yourself and there will come a day when others will have no choice but to believe with you.

3. Make books your friends
Make books your friends. It opens your mind to new possibilities and helps you learn from the experience of others. The saddest state a person can reach is mental slavery. They have already given up. This is your life! Don’t let anyone else write your story. Take back the pen and make a great ending!

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4. Work hard.
Do what you love doing and always take responsibility for where you are and what you have done. Don’t waste time feeling sorry for yourself. Stop feeling like you’re useless. In life, there are no easy ways to success. If you want something, you must work hard, go out ask questions, listen more, talk less and exploit every opportunity that comes your way. For determination and perseverance move the world. But when you Fail remember that Fail simply means “First Attempt in Learning”.

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5. Be Positive.
Turn negatives into positives and make it a growing experiencing. Don’t dwell on others opinions of you ARE or take things personally. Don’t blame and keep toxic emotions. It will only hold you back. Let it add fuel to the fire of determination. Envision the future that you want and remain focus.
“As I walked out the door toward the gate…..I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison.” ~Nelson Mandela

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6. Never give up.
Be confident and Ask for what you want from God. Tell Him your dreams and ask Him to protect it. How many times will you try before you decide to give up? You should try every door until you exhaust all opportunities and yet don’t give up. Once there is a will, there is always away and you must be determined to find it! You’ve only got three choices in life: Give up, give in, or give it all you’ve got.

7. Be Patient
You must be patient. Keep you hopes high because every good gift and every perfect present comes from heaven. For everything there is a time and season. The waiting period can be the most difficult but it’s important to not let doubt and fear creep in. No matter how great your talent or efforts maybe, some things just have to take time.

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8. Have a strong support network.
You can’t do it alone. There are days when it becomes too much for you. You may need a little help to get back up. So your network should be your family, teacher, Men of God, the church, your friends and your community. Surround yourself with believers, dreamers, doers, and thinkers, but most of all, surround yourself with those who see the greatness within you. None can destroy a person, but his own mindset.

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