Did you know that 7 out of 10 young adults are social activists, and 50% donate their time to causes they care about? Without a doubt, this is the most socially engaged generation since the 1960s. PCI has increased its outreach and programming to young adults and youth, both to celebrate and equip these young do-gooders with the tools they need to keep on giving back.
PCI’s online community called Who Cares celebrates those who are giving back to the greater good. Our website (www.ApathyIsOut.org) and Facebook page (www.facebook.com/pciwhocares) give people a chance to share their stories of volunteerism, sharing, and caring so we can inspire more people to get involved in making the world a better place, one small action at a time. Who Cares specifically targets youth and young adults because we are particularly inspired by this generation’s contributions in mobilizing their peers to benefit those in need.
PCI’s annual Walk for Water event raises awareness about the global water crisis by simulating the miles-long journey that women and children undergo every day to obtain water for their families. The most unique aspect of the event is that it is entirely planned by a group of high school students from across San Diego County, bringing unmatched energy and passion for this important cause.
Earlier this year, PCI launched its inaugural Global Youth Leadership Program for high school students in the San Diego area. Teens participate in up to 75 hours of leadership development and service learning activities. The curriculum is designed to help the teen participants with their future personal and professional careers. Those who complete the program are encouraged be leaders in organizing and planning PCI’s annual Walk for Water event.
At PCI, children and youth are at the core of our programs. We work with and through youth groups, engaging them as critical leaders in health, nutrition and community strengthening activities. Thousands of youth in India, Africa and the Americas are being engaged as effective advocates and mobilizers. In observance of International Youth Day, we celebrate the power for peace and development of young women and men across the world. Young people will inherit the world tomorrow, but they are already changing it today.