URI MENA Cultural Café- 21 Session
Last Saturday, 5th Sept. 2020, URI MENA Cultural Café was on 'The contribution of young people in creating change'. The session was facilitated by Mr. Raed Qami, a Social Worker in the field of youth We discussed the following themes:
- How we perceive youth role in creating change.
- What are the noble goals that will form youth contribution in change process on individual and group levels.
- What is the level of commitment we need to see the results of change process.

Major takeaways:
- Young people are powerful change agents. They can be a creative force, a dynamic source of innovations. We need to give them space to contribute in any change process.
- The culture that sees a young person as inferior before the old people hinders young people participation in change process.
- Many adults speak about youth empowerment encouraging greater youth participation in decision-making process. However, in real life, they treat young people as irresponsible troublemakers; hence, they do not engage them in serious community issues.
- Youth issues need to be tackled by youth, we cannot tell them what they should/ should not do, what is good/ bad for them.
- Youth are excellent in technology and modern communication; they can disseminate change quickly.