Who Speaks for the Youth?


The current generation has access to the most, honesty about the least and are being raised with a completely different life dynamic than their parents and grandparents………..yet we look for them to be able to function accordingly. According to what is not really clear at times. That is why the youth are need of two things.

1. Access to people that will be their voice
2. People that will empower them to find and use their voice

Either one can do a lot to change the mindset of the current generation but there are limited people taking on this challenge. Oh and it is a challenge. The blame often gets shifted around because we have not clearly defined how we can best serve them. Some believe that stern rules will influence them to change while others may believe that letting them figure it out is best. As it stands right now…..neither one of those are working on their own.

So who takes the first step forward? Well, in recent years we have seen an increase in speakers and artists standing up for the youth in a big way. Leading with some powerful examples and even in the school arena. Names like Nelly, Lebron James and yes Nipsey Hussle have all found their way into the education system in order to change the status quo. Other industry leaders are using their platform to influence healthier lifestyles and taking steps to help the planet.

In this #SpeakEasy Episode, Jacqueline discusses what she has encountered when it comes to working with the youth. She’ll also share some tips on what else we can do to be a support. I shared the big names that take our youth by the hand and try to guide them but we can’t forget the teachers, social workers, counselors, school administrators and yes even the neighborhood nosey neighbors. Getting back to the village mentality can be seen on the horizon but we are still some distance away from it being the norm again.



Jacqueline Goodwin is an ordain pastor and prophetess who ministry focus is deliverance and healing. She has a passion and heart for the youth which has led her to various positions within the ministry and career field. Since 2002 Goodwin has served as Youth Director, a mentor, and Sunday School teacher within her local church. A former paralegal, educator, and substance abuse counselor who use her gift of empowerment to transform lives within her career field. She has earned a Master of Arts in Practical Theology from Regent University, Master of Counseling from Webster University, Columbia SC, a Master of Pastoral Counseling from Liberty University, Lynchburg VA, an Associate Degree of Paralegal graduating “Magna Cum Laude” from South University and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Francis Marion University, Florence SC.
She currently resides in South Carolina with her son, two daughters and granddaughter. Her hobbies include running, walking, meditating, and writing, counseling youth and working in the community.
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