*Recently, I have been observing the trends I see between the youth from the various cultures I interact with compared to the youth of my community. As is true everywhere, there are exceptions and outliers. I understand that. This piece is reflective of what I have personally experienced, or witnessed, with youth whom I have interacted with over the years within the same city and same economic level, but from different cultures as based by country of origin. The purpose of this reflection is to provide a platform for us to evaluate what is happening and to improve mentoring among the youth. *
You Carry the Future
Offering to carry a young woman’s infant as she walks beside you.
Walking through a door without holding it open for the woman carrying a baby.
A brother braiding his little sister’s hair.
Siblings sitting in the same room; communication only by text.
No power needed to play a game of soccer.
Emotions run wild when a power outage eliminates playing video games.
Cooking a variety of dishes as taught by Hooyo.
Bag of chips and soda from the corner store.
20, living at home, working fulltime, supporting the family.
20, living at home, chillin’ on social media, “figuring out” life.
Silence in the classroom. Homework completed. Education valued.
Timeout #27 today. Homework? Education ignored.
Walking down a street. Greeting all those you pass.
Music pumping in ears. The “what you looking at?!?” glance given.
Guest enters the room and bodies raise, all giving greetings.
While being fixated on a cell phone, the guest enters, unnoticed.
Advice is sought as stories are shared.
Stories are silenced, for advice is unwanted.
We can share lessons learned,
if you are open to guidance.
We will help in ways we can,
for you carry the future.
Ahmeli… that generations across the spectrum unite for the common goal of improving society.
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