2010 Anyuak youth conference and the challenge they face in North America

June 14, 2010 (Mankato, MN) -- Anyuak youth conference was a success .As the Anyuak young generation, dreaming a world with green fields, blue oceans, smiling faces, artistic thoughts and colorful cultures.

 

They all dare to dream, because they know that they are powerful enough to make a difference; and they all dare to share their dreams, because sharing is a part of Anyuak way of life. In Mankato, MN, more than 1000 Anyuaks young brains from different States were gather to share the things that are crucial for humankind: culture, ideas, thoughts, language, art, peace, education, social, friendship and much more...

Young people often find ways to express themselves which are different to the generally accepted culture of their community. The various methods by which they express themselves and associate are known as youth culture.

Young people having a subculture unique to themselves is a recent phenomena. It is thought that it started to become most prevalent around the world, after they migrated from third world country due to the economic, political, and social.

Ironically the music, clothes, language etc. of youth culture is often created by non-young people (adults). For example, MTV, “Pop culture” while being seen as a big part of youth culture (at the present time) is controlled by adults. Boy bands, facebook, YouTube who find favour with young people are often not own by young themselves.

Other cultures typically create and produce their own cultural ideas, while young people have a certain amount produced by adults. To some people this raises questions about the exploitation and oppression of young people.

In Western civilization, a distinct teenage culture has developed. A "teenager" or "teen" is a person whose age is a number ending in "-teen" in the English language: that is to say, someone from the age of thirteen to the age of nineteen. The term "teenager" is roughly equivalent to adolescent. However due to marketing, the pre-teens (about 8-12 year olds, especially females) also have a strong youth culture. However, youth culture is beginning to expend its influence in increasingly younger age groups.

Today's youth culture in general can be characterized by:

  • A distinct style of dress.
  • A dislike for other teenagers who are not part of the "youth culture"
  • Glorification of "bad" behavior (sex, drugs, etc.), to symbolize being "different".
  • Frequent use of slang and profanity, particularly in the older age groups.
  • Cliques and friendship circles, almost like a "second family".

High school dropout rates are particularly problematic measures for Anyuak youth. 3/4 (0.75) of Anyuak adolescents who are foreign-born are high school dropout   and only less than 1/4 (0.25) go to college. (Gambella Star for Anyuak youth Education Statistics, 2010).

The high school dropout rate is a long-standing, widely used indicator of youth
educational outcomes. Teens that have dropped out of school clearly face an array of disadvantages. They are paid significantly less in the labor market and their employment opportunities are diminished. Their opportunities to enter postsecondary education are severely curtailed. Dropout status is also associated with numerous socially debilitating behaviors, including illegal activity, teen fertility, family matter, abuse, single parent and idleness.