Spoke to teenagers at Vision 2020: Youth Empowerment & Restoration Initiative (YERI) 12th Annual Summer Retreat yesterday. The vision of the initiative is to empower 100,000 youth by 2020 and they have empowered 81,000 so far It's a STEM summer camp and they learn skills such as coding, robotics, renewable energy, financial literacy and so on.
We spoke about what I would say to my younger self. I have started to enjoy talking to teenagers, it’s a mix of feeling like a bit of a dinosaur and the excitement of the amazing opportunities that lie ahead for them as the world keeps changing. The careers available to those of us born before the internet boom is so different to what is available now. Content Creation, App Development, Careers in Virtual Reality and much more were nowhere near options for us. Those days of you must be a doctor, lawyer, engineer, banker are gone! Careers are being disrupted daily so its important that we keep thinking along those lines in our current careers and that we expand our minds to the options open for out kids and loved ones.
As we talked, they laughed at a life with no email, no google search engine, no social media and no quick access to information, they truly felt sorry for me for having to go to a physical library lol !
For those born before the internet boom, which version of life do you prefer - Version Pre Boom or Version Post Boom?