Motivating young people ...
Working with the @worldskills crowd is always a good thing and surprisingly something that is often missed by the mass media. Focussed on painting a dim view of our youth. Sometimes relegating these international events to the bottom of the hour slot or as local news, good news item. We have seen some of these souls, show us all that they are the best at what they do and proud (very proud) to represent their country.
If your sixteen year old, needs a little motivation, encourage them to go for gold. Medals are out there for carpentry, network engineering and hairdressing, amongst many (many) others.
The shame is, that unless our youth get into trouble. The chances are it will not make news. I do feel a sense of pity that my generation and older see fit to treat them this way. So if you see or know a young person working hard at college, give them a pat on the back.