How the Internet Can Save Communities

Thursday, May 14, 2015 Written by 
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We know the story far too well:  “My son won’t stop texting, and my daughter won’t stop using Facebook in class, why won’t these kids get off the Internet?”

 

What if I told you that the device and thing your son or daughter loves so much could be the same device that makes them financially independent?

 

Sounds like traditional multi-level marketing, cold call sales jargon. But in actuality, it’s not that far-fetched, especially if the efforts aren’t applied to just one individual, but rather a community of like minds.

 

According to Ed.gov, only 9% of students from low-income communities go on to graduate college in comparison to the 54% of students from high-income communities.

 

Why is that? And what does that have to do with using the Internet?

 

A Kaiser Foundation report stated that research indicated “… ethnic minorities eight to eighteen years old, use entertainment media more heavily than majority youth do.” Seventy-seven percent of the media young people consume is on the INTERNET where they spend roughly 7.5-10 hours per day.

 

Students in our communities experience difficulty completing college, often because of lack of financial assistance, resulting in taking loans with ridiculous interest rates.  Many end up working odd jobs that often interfere with study time and class time, which results in students skipping college to pay for living expenses.

 

Since the dawn of the Internet, a new frontier has blossomed as some of the most powerful companies on the planet have changed the way we conduct our daily lives. Children are being brought up in a society where having a cell phone with Internet access is as much a part of our daily get down as wearing clothes. This has created tremendous opportunities for entrepreneurs to create innovative ways to communicate and conduct business. This Internet generation has produced more young millionaires than at any other point in human history, and most of them either dropped out of college, or skipped all together.

 

I’m not advising young people skip out on a college education, I am simply suggesting, why not do what you love to do and lessen the burden of college expenses by using the Internet to generate income?

 

These are things they are going to do anyway. Not only does it provide more time to study and attend class, it provides the skills needs to effectively progress in a career that can exceed the middle class tax bracket.

 

It’s not just a walk in the park however, there’s a lot of work involved. Making money takes critical thinking, the ability to conduct surveys, research, and most importantly, creativity. There are so many young people who are either making millions of dollars on the Internet, or trying as hard as they can to, so what you do to make yours has to be unique enough to set you apart from the rest.

 

The best part about young people using the Internet is not the opportunities to make money, it’s the opportunities to make a tremendous impact on the communities they serve. We’ve seen the KONY2012, #HomelessToHoward, #BringBackOurGirls, #JusticeForTrayvon, #BlackLivesMatter, #AllLivesMatter and countless campaigns that started locally and grew to become driving forces in creating change. If the young people in our communities were trained in social media applications, not only could they yield the power of the platform to potentially pay for college, but become community advocates who create the desired change in the communities they will eventually lead.

 

So the next time your son or daughter asks for a pair of Jordan’s, instead of investing $250 on a pair of shoes, maybe use that $250 to purchase books that teach them how to profit off their hobbies.

 

 

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