Commitment to investing in children and youth is a priority of Living Ways. Our work is to nurture and empower their strength, esteem, confidence and courage to successfully meet their challenges and enable them to become outstanding, authentic, and compassionate members of the world. Believing in themselves, celebrating their cultural heritage, and developing key values will give children and youth the life skills to affect change in our world.
At the most fundamental level, enabling children to thrive is a moral imperative and investing in a child is an investment in society’s future. The international community has recognized that investing in children is essential and an obligation as outlined under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. It is during childhood that young people develop their values and attitudes. Since the foundation of an individual’s health and well-being is laid in early childhood, the optimal time to break the cycle of poverty, or prevent it from the beginning, is during this time. Investing in quality education is the single most effective means of reducing poverty.
Key ways we seek to enable and empower children and youth include connecting with nature, stimulating imagination (particularly through the healing arts), mentoring ( particularly by traditional elders), and fostering access to quality education. Living Ways aspires to align with other organizations and to champion innovative ways to support children and youth to achieve their potential.
“The oak sleeps in the acorn.”
 UNESCO, 2011 www.unesco.org