The Global Youth Journal Story
We’re connected through our social media sites. We’re constantly updating our Facebook and Twitter statuses, posting photos and selfies on Instagram. Heck, they call our generation the selfie-generation or the ME ME ME generation that is always in front of their computers, tablets and smart phones. We’re connected and online almost 24/7.
But what if we used this connectedness to influence change, and let our voices be heard all throughout the world?
Having started my personal blog more than a year ago and being a contributor for our national newspaper for a year now, I’ve seen how powerful a medium writing can be.
I’ve seen how it can raise awareness to an issue, and create avenues for dialogue and discussion. I’ve seen how it can inspire others to step-out of their comfort zone, and just do it. I’ve seen how it can turn a cause into a national movement.
Through the Global Youth Journal, the youth will be empowered to use this medium to let their voice be heard, to influence change and to tell heart-felt stories that can inspire someone from the other side of the world, and turn a cause into a global movement.
What if we became more than just consumers, but also creators, teachers and catalysts for change?
We don’t need to be just consumers anymore, we can be creators. We can create something much bigger than ourselves. We can use writing to inform, to teach, to help and to simply share simple joys, and at the same time, life-changing moments.
Writing can be a catalyst for social change. Media plays a powerful role in the decisions we make, in the stories we tell, and in the actions we take. Through the Global Youth Journal, we can create a community of empowered and informed youth, inspired to make a difference in their local communities.
What if we become better empathizers? What if we learned how to see things from different perspectives, to remove borders and to promote understanding?
Being a journalist and blogger for the past year has taught me how to see things from multiple lenses. I’ve learned how to appreciate even the littlest of things, to become a better observer. Suddenly, I started to enjoy even the most seemingly mundane things.
It’s our choice how we choose to see things. It’s a choice how we choose to react. It’s our choice whether or not we choose to see the silver lining in every step of the journey. It’s our choice whether or not we choose to lend a helping hand to the people who need it.
Through the Global Youth Journal, the youth can make that choice, to learn how to become better empathizers, to be able to put themselves in the shoes of different people, and tell heart-felt stories.
What if we learned how to appreciate what we have, and all the transient moments in life?
In the past year, I’ve learned how to appreciate everything I have, and all the opportunities given to me. I’ve learned how to cherish the ephemeral moments, and make every day count.
Through the Global Youth Journal, the youth can turn all the transient and fleeting moments in their lives into everlasting memories. They will learn how to appreciate the little wonders, let go of the small stuff, and to make the most out of what life has in store.
What if we could unite this generation to do something bigger than ourselves? What if we could create a global community of changemakers?
It’s my hope that the Global Youth Journal will be able to unite the youth, no matter the race, culture or location. Global Youth Journal is all about creating a community of social change-makers ready to take on a world without boundaries.
Moreover, this is about telling a story. The story of the youth of this generation and the next is a story that should be told. This is a story that I hope will not only be filled with everlasting memories, but life-changing ones as well. This is a story we can all be part of.
This could be the start of the story of a generation that lets their voice inspire each other to take collective action towards a more united community.
I dream of the world where all of us can be friends, listen to each other’s stories, understand and help each other out. I hope that the Global Youth Journal can be the first step to this dream.
- David Ongchoco, Founder and Managing Editor of the Global Youth Journal