How can we motivate youths to be change generators in their communities?
In Medellín, Colombia, many youths are surrounded by violence, drugs, gangs and other social problems. Staff members at several Compassion centers in the city wanted to inspire young adults in the sponsorship program to be different and positively impact their communities.
They met with youths from different centers to discuss ideas in 2019. The outcome of these meetings was the Youth Alliance — a strategy to connect youths from different centers in the city and empower them to become servant leaders who contribute to the social transformation of their communities.
The Youth Alliance is led by tutor Juan Restrepo and supported by other centers’ tutors. The alliance meets regularly to encourage one another, undergo spiritual and leadership training and design activities to allow youths to serve others.
For the young people involved — and their tutors — the alliance has been life-changing. And for their communities, the impact has been transformational.
As a reminder of how your sponsorship helps equip and empower local churches and the young people you support, here are three life lessons from the Youth Alliance’s heart to yours.
1. Love God and Spread His Love
The Youth Alliance’s central purpose is to take the message of God’s love to their communities. In 2020, several youths from the alliance received spiritual leadership training and began to train others at their local churches.
As their leadership skills and faith grow stronger, these passionate young people are sharing God’s love with others through church meetings, street ministry and more.