YOUTH CIVIC ENGAGEMENT – RESOURCE OF SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

P. Jurs , A. Samuseviča , I. Kulberga , M. Ročāne

Liepaja University (LATVIA)
Future belongs to the youth. People do not come into the world as mature citizens. We do not inherit civic engagement, political ideals, values, and attitude; these are the key words to describe individual civic competences. Civic upbringing and education is a current pedagogical problem in this global century in the context of nowadays never ending challenges. Civic responsible transfixed engagement in public administration is a social value. The moral basis of democracy is strengthened by civic virtue – self-regulation, courage, loyalty, compassion, tolerance, honesty, spirit strength and concern for social justice. The paper, using theoretical research methods, analyses the concept of civic engagement and draws on the theoretical concept of the formation of civic engagement.

As a result of empirical research, the survey of young people has identified important factors in the formation of personal social responsibility:
(I) self-assessment of youth civic activity and responsibility;
(II) self-assessment of young people's willingness to take responsibility;
(III) the forms of youth civic engagement, which can be updated in the educational process as a prospective resource for the formation of responsibility.

Proactive youth civic engagement is a potential for country’s development, which ensures the development of civic society in long term, strengthens democratic values, unite society for overcoming common challenges, influences political processes and is invaluable investment in solving different social problems.