Youth empowerment is a process where children and young people are encouraged to take charge of their lives. They do this by addressing their situation and then take action in order to improve their access to resources and transform their consciousness through their beliefs, values, and attitudes.
Youth empowerment aims to improve quality of life. Youth empowerment is achieved through participation in youth empowerment programs. However, scholars argue that children’s rights implementation should go beyond learning about formal rights and procedures to give birth to a concrete experience of rights.
There are numerous models that youth empowerment programs use that help youth achieve empowerment. A variety of youth empowerment initiatives are underway around the world. These programs can be through non-profit organizations, government organizations, schools or private organizations.
Youth empowerment is different from youth development because development is centered on developing individuals, while empowerment is focused on creating greater community change relies on the development of individual capacity.
Goals of Empowerment
Youth empowerment programs are aimed at creating healthier and higher qualities of life for underprivileged or at-risk youth. The five competencies of a healthy youth are:
(1) Positive sense of self,
(2) Self- Control,
(3) Decision-Making Skills,
(4) A moral system of belief,
(5) Pro-social connectedness.
Developmental interventions and programs have to be anchored on these competencies that define positive outcomes of healthy youth.
Over the last two decades, quality of life (QOL) has emerged as an important unit of measurement to evaluate the success of empowerment programs. It is used as a goal of programs and as well as an indicator of effectiveness. However, there is no standard definition of QOL. A person's QOL is dependent upon subjective evaluation of the individual aspects of that individual's life.
According to the survey of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan 2013-14, 13.20 lakh children of 6-14 age group leave school every year in Maharashtra state because these students have to face all sorts of problems to get educated. Due to the pathetic conditions of deprived families, their guardians are not able to afford their school spending because of which intelligent and ambitious students get miles away from the school education.
More and more poor students will have a great deal of access to education by distributing educational material projects And they will also get better opportunities for higher education, leaving the problem of leaving school. The development of our village will be done by more and more educated minority students And even the uneducated parents will get some help.