Activities let youth aim high

2017-03-07 06:00
Ward 66 councillor William Akim encourages a group of netballers during the sport and recreation day that was held in Ottery at the end of February. Standing from left are Narina Peters, Chandre November and Jade McCarthy. In front are Tamia Simmers and Kayleen Solomons.

Ward 66 councillor William Akim encourages a group of netballers during the sport and recreation day that was held in Ottery at the end of February. Standing from left are Narina Peters, Chandre November and Jade McCarthy. In front are Tamia Simmers and Kayleen Solomons.

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A local ward councillor is organising a number of activities to empower youth.

William Akim, councillor of ward 66, which includes Ottery and Parkwood, is starting various activities to empower and motivate young residents in the area to look beyond negative influences and aim for success in their lives.

“The youth are our future but we need to give them resources to show them how they can achieve their positive potential,” he says.

“We started this initiative on Saturday 25 February when we hosted a sport and recreation day in Ottery where youth had the opportunity to showcase their talent and build lasting relationships with their peers who also want an escape from all the negative influences that surround them.

“As they took part in various games and activities I was very glad to host the parents and other members of the community who came out to support them.

“The important lesson that they also took from these games is that it is important to build positive friendships and that it is not always about winning but about taking part in sport and other activities to realise their talents.”

Akim adds that he also hosted a youth evening in Parkwood where youngsters met to discuss how they could play an active role in making a difference in their lives and those of their community.

“While we treated them to cooldrinks and hotdogs they were encouraged to attend school and make the right choices by not doing drugs or getting into gangsterism.

“It was also important for them to learn to be respectful to their parents and elders in the community and get involved with youth structures that can lead them to success in their lives.”

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