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Youth and Morality in the Modern Era

Who is a youth? What is the future of our youth in this modern era?

“This world demands the quality of youth; not a time of life but a state of mind, temper of the will, a quality of imagination, predominance of courage over timidity of the appetite for adventure over love of ease – Robert Kennedy”

The word “youth” has be something so explicit or obvious to every human being on earth.

Who is a Youth?

According to Oxford advanced learners dictionary, youth is defined as the time when a person is young especially the time before child becomes adult.

Also according to Webster’s Dictionary “the time in life when one is young; especially;

  • The period between childhood and maturity
  • The early period of existence

Also the age in which a person is considered as “youth” and eligible for special treatment under the law and through out society varies around the world

Secondly, the science of psychology describes youth as the period of later adolescence and early adulthood, at least between the ages of 10 to 30; various countries and some of the scholars have their own definition of youth.

The United Nations general assembly has since accepted youth as people who are in the age bracket of 15 – 25 years.

In some African countries like Nigeria, the draft youth policy puts youth in the age of 6 – 30 years.

The commonwealth youth programme states “youth” as young people between the 15-29 years of age.

The government of Tasmanian define “youth” as a people between the ages of 20 – 25 years of age.

According to National highway traffic safety commission a “youth” is defined a person who is under 21 years of age.

“This world demand the quality of youth; not a time of life but a state of mind, temper of the will, a quality of imagination, predominance of courage over timidity of the appetite for adventure over love of ease – Robert Kennedy”

“Youth is an alternative word of the scientifically oriented adolescence and the common terms of teen or teenage. Another common title for youth is a young person or young people.”

Around the world. The terms “youth”, adolescence, teenager and young person are interchanged, often meaning the same thing, occasionally differentiated. Youth generally refers to the time of life that is neither childhood nor adulthood, but rather somewhere in-between.

Youth also identifies a particular mindset of the attitude, as in “he is very youthful” the term youth is also related to being young.

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  1. Rev Fr Raphael Ajewole

    On April 20, 2010 at 2:21 am


    The Youths are originally good and are not what we think or describe of them often time. I think whatever the Government would do now will build on what shape the youth had informed from childhood. therefore, if the youth will be good, the proper atteention has to be paid to the chilhood formation from every facet of life.

  2. Rev. Sr. Tonia Ojo

    On March 29, 2011 at 7:54 am


    The youth in this modern age are always being accused of so many attrocities. Well i think we have to stop blaming them, to look at the cause(s) of these do something about them. Whatever the youth see the adults do, they emulate. If we want the future of our society to be good and bright, the adults have to mend their ways and the families have to be up and doing in their task of moral formation of the youth.

  3. Rev. Canon Justice Okoronkwo

    On March 29, 2011 at 11:22 am


    The highest ability of a man is his availability. The youths are available to any social force, be it negative or positive. so they make the headlines in both fields. They cant be judged as being either. If we fail to create the moral signposts they need, they will fly through junctions unchecked and their senses besieged by thousands of signposts well positioned for them by the dorminant forces of globalisation and social reconstruction. The Bible says in Jeremiah 6:16, when you come to the cross roads, stand and ask for the ancient paths and walk in it that you may find rest for your souls. but in reality today, who will the youth be asking from? and why ask if there appears to be appealing options?

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