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The future can feel scary. With many challenges to confront in an uncertain world, from pandemics to climate change and more, people may wonder what they can do to help. They may look at their children or other young people in their life and feel concern about their ability to cope with these issues. The next generations will be the people who must rise to the occasion and solve these problems, and it is important to invest in them to give them the tools to do so.

One ways for parents to do this is to focus on their own children. People who do not have children probably have nieces, nephews, cousins or friends with children. Spending time with them, encouraging them and mentoring them are all ways to help them prepare to be leaders in the future. Parents, relatives and loved ones can also set them up for success financially, literally investing in them by creating an investment account that they can draw on in the future.

Another way to invest in the next generation is to look to forward-thinking organizations. These might be focused on planting trees, sustainable living, support for entrepreneurs from minority backgrounds, helping people with their mental health and more. Businesses and even sole proprietorships can pledge a portion of their proceeds to these organizations, and promoting these donations can encourage others to do the same.

One of the most important elements of helping the world to be a better place is ensuring that people have access to education, and there are many ways to accomplish this. This could involve helping children in the local community or in other countries. Businesses or individuals could donate to help children buy textbooks or other supplies. Individuals could volunteer to tutor children or to help out in other ways. Searching online for charities and volunteer organizations can reveal many possibilities for getting involved.

While there are many challenges ahead, there are also many steps that can be taken now that will prepare younger generations to solve them. However, older generations have an obligation to lay the groundwork, helping out financially and in other ways to make sure that their children and grandchildren and those of their family and friends are ready to face the future.