MEMBERS of the public should change their mind-set towards youths so they can contribute positively to society today.
Twenty-year-old Isaac Pillay, sponsored by Rentokil Initial Ltd at this year's Vodafone Hibiscus Festival, shared this sentiment saying more attention needed to be diverted to youths in terms of nation building.
The outspoken second year student of USP will be advocating for youth motivational issues, development and empowerment at the week-long festival that started yesterday.
"Youths are leaders of tomorrow and society has a role to play in their upbringing," Mr Pillay said.
"They can do far greater than what they are capable of but they will need the support not only from government but from every member of society."
He said without the support from his family, he would not be able to advocate those issues which he felt were very important.
Mr Pillay said members of society should change their mind-set and support youths, who would then help other youths in their decision-making.
He urged youths to be more vigilant in supporting their elders in every way because at that age, they have a maximum rate of energy and creativity.
He said young people needed to explore and utilise the potential and values they possessed.