Author(s): Chiedozie OKORO

This essay understands youth development as a programme that entails the evolvement of enlightenment and empowerment programmes and projects for the emancipation of youths from poverty. Such emancipation programme is total in the sense that it entails equipping the youths with the necessary ingredients required for the reformation of society and the transformation of the environment. To accomplish this task the youths must be prepared to overcome poverty both mentally and physically. A sick mind can only produce a sick body and a sick environment. It will therefore, amount to a huge waste if the youths are endowed with material resource without a corresponding mental capability to manage such resource. Invariably, much of the physical poverty around us is a manifestation of the mental poverty within us. That is to say, the inability to utilize the ontological power dormant within us (i.e., our prowess of transcendence) has left youths of most nations of the world in disarray. Based on this, we make the point that a profound development programme for the youths must begin by addressing the issue of individual self-identity, which should translate to the development of the society as a whole.


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