Our global financial centres have exhibited giddying peaks and troughs over the past few years. We are informed that people are holding on to their cash and becoming risk averse. Investment opportunities are few and far between, and we want firm assurances wherever possible, that we will receive a return on their investment.
However, when it comes to investing in people, who we invest in must never be determined by economic fluctuations or social climates. Such investments must be intentional, generous and deliberate acts.
'The point is this: the one who sows sparingly with also reap sparingly, and the one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.' (2 Corinthians 9:6)
Who are you investing your time and talent in? Who are you depositing your years of wisdom and experience into? The scriptures are clear that both children and youth are capable of providing us with great leadership. Biblical examples include David, Esther, Samuel, Mary, Jeremiah, Josiah. Don’t we all need 'investment' in order to express our full potential?
Children and young people are no different. I have made a commitment to invest in the next generation, many of whom are already leading today in school, college, work and home. How good they become as leaders may depend on how much you and I are willing to invest in them.
By Cham Kaur-Mann
Stigma in our media, as well as bullying, violence and deprivation can lead to ingrained patterns of behaviour in children and young people, and some of them are driven to crime.
At The Children's Society, we are investing in young people to seek reasons behind the statistics and to provide preventative support and guidance that leads away from the cycle of crime and custody. We are also campaigning for a society to see that young offenders are not treated like hardened criminals and that they retain the right to be treated like children.
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