Youth hold dialogue

2016-04-27 06:00
WILMIE LIMANIE (left) and Patricia Basson who facilitated a dialogue between parents and youth in White City, Newtown.  Photo: Supplied

WILMIE LIMANIE (left) and Patricia Basson who facilitated a dialogue between parents and youth in White City, Newtown. Photo: Supplied

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THE youth non-profit organisation loveLife has, in line with its objective of youth leadership development in the Tsantsabane Municipal Area, conducted a born-free dialogue on Thursday, 14 April, in the Newtown community.

The born-free dialogue, which is a mediated conversation between parents and youth, took place at the White City soup kitchen.

A team of specially-trained youth facilitators, better known as groundBREAKERS, organised the event.

The theme of the dialogue was drugs and substance abuse.

To bolster the dialogue and to ensure an integrated approach, professionals from other NGOs, like Tsantsabane Alcohol and Drug Services (TADS) and Famsa, were also invited to participate in the event.

White City is notorious for problems of youth gangsterism, teenage pregnancy, substance abuse and youth unemployment. These issues were also discussed.

According to the Tsantsabane Municipal Area centre manager, Hendré Jacobs, loveLife has a team of eight youth workers who service the Newtown community on a daily basis.

LoveLife is a South African non-governmental organisation which implements a large-scale national youth leadership development programme with the stated overarching aim of building complete young leaders for a better future.

The youth centre in town provides a hub for youth development services in the Tsantsabane Municipal Area.

The centre manager also explained that their services included free computer courses, grassroots sports, the promotion of arts and the support of the Life Orientation curriculum in schools.

“A bornfree dialogue serves to create a safe communication space between youth and parents,” added Jacobs.

He further highlighted that the dynamic youth leadership project of loveLife in the Tsantsabane Municipal Area was made possible by the generous financial support of the Kumba Kolomela Mine.

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