FOR GENERATIONS, many adults have bemoaned the attitudes and activities of the youth, and that's also true today.
Granted, it would be Pollyannish to believe that everything was right about today's young people. By the same token, not everything is wrong about them either.
Consider how school and church youth groups, 4-H clubs, Scouts and a variety of other youthful organizations on various age levels help others.
This brings to mind, for example, a college freshman who volunteered for a youth project, and one of her duties was cleaning out a chicken coop. It's doubtful whether she had ever encountered a chicken coop previously, but she did the work well.
YOUTH groups aren't the only ones making strides in the right direction. Newspaper stories in recent weeks have pointed out projects undertaken by a fourth grader and an eighth grader who have undertaken projects to benefit many others.
Austin Langford, a 10-year-old Martins Ferry boy who attends fourth grade in the Buckeye Local School District, was stirred by a strong desire to help others after he saw a man with a sign requesting food or money.
With the help of his mother, Shannon, he initiated a T-shirt project to benefit The Daily Bread Center, which serves low-income residents in Martins Ferry. Not only did Austin design the T-shirts with the word, "HOPE," in large letters followed by the message, "Fighting Hunger Together," but he has been selling them.
Austin is credited with being the youngest person to take on such a project to help The Daily Bread Center.
Frankie Favede, a St. Clairsville eighth grader who has severe nut allergies, was inspired to advocate for stocking EpiPens in schools when recently attending the National Young Leaders State Conference.
He hopes to work with state Sen. Lou Gentile regarding approval of legislation for EpiPens in schools. He also is seeking support from other legislators for this effort.
The EpiPen is an epinephrine auto-injector. If injected promptly, epinephrine can save an allergic person from going into anaphylactic shock. Anaphylaxis is a systematic allergic action that can kill a person in minutes.
THESE two students and countless others give a positive look to the future.