I got a great opportunity recently to get acquainted with high school students from across Portland thanks my volunteering as a counselor for a program put on by Rotary, Enterprise Academy. I learned great new terms like rachet, krumping, puggaliscious and my favorite “basic.”
The young people I met at Enterprise Academy recently were “so not basic.” They were amazingly talented kind and engaged. I haven’t been around high school aged people since I attended high school many moons ago. Being around such a diverse group of kids inspired me to be kinder to others and more open to differing points of views. I was impressed by the way a bunch of individuals from diverse back grounds could so quickly and harmoniously function as a unit.
Conversely, I have watched adult groups become fragmented or worse avoid uncomfortable topics only to be ineffective. Too often I’ve observed individuals become hostile or completely withdraw when placed in small work groups. The common outcome for such groups are the inability to agree and move forward on far less complex tasks. The groups I witnessed work together at Enterprise Academy didn’t fall victim to these common norms, rather they seemed to thrive when placed in such a setting.
I walked away from my weekend comfortable knowing tomorrow’s leaders will be more skilled in collaboration and cooperation than perhaps any other generation. They have been raised in an environment which celebrates diversity and the rapid sharing of information. Their approach to problem solving will be different from previous generations and I have renewed hope in our future thanks to the time I spent with tomorrow’s leaders.
“You cannot depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.” — Mark Twain
- What are your thoughts on today’s youth?
- How do anticipate leadership changing in the future?
- What positives and negatives do you perceive?