Many have labeled this generation as a generation focused on quick fixes, fast returns and an out of proportionate demand for self-expression and freedom. Many treat this as a problem, a challenge to be solved with careful thought, logic and well-tested procedures.
But perhaps, it is novel to always look at things on the flip side. Often, when we focus on what we don’t have, we find we have nothing. When we focus on what we have we realize we have everything.
Take a look at Gen Y citizens like Robbie Novak, the young 10-year old who wanted to be a voice in the world despite suffering from osteogeonesis imperfecta, a condition that has rendered him to have broken 300 bones and having undergone over 20 surgeries in his lifetime. Today, he is the face behind Kid President, one of the world’s foremost youth for cause ground-up initiatives on the Internet.
Or when you look closer to home how youths like Ryan Teo, Betha Han, Edward Tan, Samuel Neo and Loh Jia Yi, who despite the general criticism that Singaporean youths lack the sense of resilience to rough it out, took to the violent winds of the seas and lead a top-5 finish for Singapore in the recent Asian Sailing Championships.
So perhaps, we have to give our youth more credit and help them to face the challenges of the 21st Century. Perhaps they hold fast to them the very same values and virtues that have accompanied our nation since time immemorial; they just have a different way of engaging, expressing and interpreting them.
Change, they say is the only constant. Today in this new initiative, we ask of you to not only be game for change, but instead be the game changer. Gandhi asked of us to be the change. With advanced technology, increasing global literacy and an empowered capacity to make a difference, let us move one step forward upon Gandhi’s Call. It’s time to LEAD THE CHANGE.
This is an experience designed as a project to enlist the youth, to engage them in a way they are most comfortable expressing, a movement to tap into their deepest potential and include them in the conversation, discussion and action to help create a better tomorrow - to empower them to take ownership of the social issues and problems that the world is seeing and giving them a platform, a springboard for them to take action, to solve these challenges in new and innovative ways, to utilize the youth as the ground-up movement for advocating values in action.
This is Project Majulah. Because onward, our youths have the potential to march forth with their footprints of change. It’s time we turn to them and find the greatness within.