The Social Dilemma of the Youth: The Youth Crisis in NYC

Jarrell Daniels

Bronx Community college Panel

The Social Dilemma of the Youth: The Youth Crisis in NYC

Far too often society fails to adhere to the outcry our young people. They are the ones being under represented and under resourced. Our youth flow through life in silence, unheard in their public plight for attention. There has been a pre-existing power dynamic in America that pertains to the youth. The youth are not being included in community affairs, and social change initiatives have yet to feature the younger generations perspective. Young people are faced with more challenges due to technological advancements, advanced academic standards/curriculum, changing family structure, and accessibility to community programs and services. Social policies have been implemented that adversely affect young people. Upcoming generations of children have adapted all these new social customs.

The margin of understanding the plaguing dilemmas of the youth has not been met on common ground. Furthermore, minority youth, suffer the peer influence of social media and open encouragement of gangs. Failing education systems, lack of community involvement, and sense of social accountability, ultimately lead to imprisonment. Academic institutions are failing to cultivate the attention of young people in order to effectively meet their needs.  Parents are left trying to re-configure a healthy method to encourage and motivate their children. Peer youth advocacy has been my way of leading the charge for bringing the voices of the disenfranchised youth to the forefront of social justice. Building youth leadership, training through academia, socio-political awareness and providing community intervention are starting points I feel we as a society need to engage the youth.