Youth Empowerment Synergy (YES-Ghana), on the occasion of International Youth Day 2016, is pleased to announce the official launch of its flagship youth social change and civic action project, Do Something Ghana. Do Something is a youth social change and civic action movement that empowers young people to be positive agents of change in society. We believe that young people + social change = a better society for all.
The mission of Do Something is to mobilize young people as a whole to take active steps to lead social change and civic action in their immediate environment and consequently in Ghana as a whole. Do Something is rapidly expanding with thousands of members taking actions across the ten regions of the country. We are non-political, non-religious, non-discriminatory and our social action causes cut across all aspects of life. The role of young people in the national development process can never be underestimated.
Current trends of active youth engagement in the broader national development agenda provide a promising future for Ghana. With young people occupying prominent positions in all facets of the Ghanaian economy, such as industry, banking and finance, agriculture, the extractive industry, export and import, and other industries, it is prudent to integrate more youth-friendly professional and capacity-building initiatives into as many sectors of the Ghanaian economy as possible. This is to ensure that this set of young people, who find themselves in such influential positions, benefit from the well planned professional grooming initiatives sanctioned for the purpose. On the other hand, such capacity building also entails the further grooming of other young people by the initial group of young professionals who benefitted from the initial initiative.
The theme for this year’s International Youth Day is The Road to 2030: Eradicating Poverty and Achieving Sustainable Consumption and Production. Indeed, young people are fundamental to the push to eradicating poverty and achieving sustainable consumption and production. The role of young people at all stages of the agribusiness and manufacturing value chains, as well as the individual actions and collective commitment of other young people will go a long way to help eradicate poverty, achieve sustainable consumption and production.
Do Something is an avenue to mobilise young people from all parts of Ghana to activate their individual spirit of volunteering to commit to a worthy social and civic cause. Offering your seat to the elderly who is standing in the bus, extending a helping hand to the person you meet on the street, helping the old woman with her luggage as she crosses the road, refusing to engage in politics of invectives and violence, all feeds into the collective social good to make Ghana a better place.
At YES-Ghana, we believe that putting youth at the forefront of all development agenda connotes a positive future for the particular country and secures the future of the both youth and mother Ghana. We encourage all young people to #DoSomethingpositive, ‘DoSomethingpeaceful, ‘DoSomethingright wherever they find themselves to promote the collective Ghanaian good.
Happy International Youth Day!