It’s almost 2015 and instead of resolutions that we tend to forget after a couple weeks in January, we thought it would be best to simply aspire to care more–to be more empathetic to all people, their problems, and the struggles that affect all of us.
Today, we’ve put together a list of 7 things young citizens of the world should care about based around those worldly concepts that can be best learned outside the classroom.
Depending on where you live, many young adults simply aren’t exposed to a wide range of cultural diversity. In more rural areas, class sizes are often small with little to no ethnic diversity present. It’s important for young adults to be educated on and exposed to diversity so they can be well-rounded citizens of the world as adults, with perspectives and cultural experiences that open their eyes and make them more accepting of different ways of life.
2. Community Service
Giving back, regardless of where, is an essential practice for young citizens of the world. When young adults realize the value in helping others, we help future generations be more civic-minded and less self-indulged. There are powerful lessons to be learned about the joys of helping others.
3. Ecological Responsibility
As residents of planet Earth, our young adults will be responsible for taking care of the environment for generations to come. Caring about the state of our land, water, air, and environment means our home is in good hands. Young adults should learn the value of reducing their carbon footprint, recycling, and taking steps to make our world a less polluted place to live and grow.
4. Increased Access to Basic Services
In 2014, there are still so many people living without their basic needs met: They have no access to clean drinking water, no shelter, and limited food. Living in the United States, it’s easy to take these basic services for granted. Service learning trips help expose young adults to these harsh realities in other countries.
Learning is so much more than passing tests. Education means getting hands-on experience, too. Travel, volunteerism, and a strong sense of adventure helps shape young adult minds and can be a way of continuing education in the years after formal schooling has been completed.
In our world of technology and instant gratification, we often forget to take time to meditate and self-reflect. Young citizens of the world should remember to pause and live in the moment. These times of clarity are good for both the mind and the soul, and keep us aware of the present instead of always moving toward the future.
7. Travel skills
Being a well-versed traveler not only means you can navigate an airport without having a panic attack, but it means you understand the cultural nuances and behaviors that make travel happen more smoothly. Many young adults miss out on the chance to learn these types of skills, and it keeps them from being a global citizen as they grow older.
Young adults who care about these seven topics turn into adults who are responsible world citizens. So how does one start learning them? A student service program is a great place to start. In fact, you can even cover several of these areas all in one trip!