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To be independent, young people must have confidence in their abilities and know how
to use them in real-world situations. Independence grows by steps and begins with making
small decisions that can turn into life-changing decisions. Your encouragement builds
members’ self-confidence. By exercising independence, young people learn self-discipline
and responsibility, better understand themselves, and become independent thinkers.
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September 1, 2022