Careers open up

2017-04-04 06:02
Motivational speaker Shahied Anders (left) gives learners of the Southern Suburbs Youth Academy in Parkwood insight into the horrors that wait when choosing a life of crime. Other speakers at the career day programme included, from left, Zacharan Petersen, Nasser Barends, Constable Lubabalo Balintulo of Grassy Park Police Station and Eleanor Abrahams of the academy.PHOTOS: gary van dyk

Motivational speaker Shahied Anders (left) gives learners of the Southern Suburbs Youth Academy in Parkwood insight into the horrors that wait when choosing a life of crime. Other speakers at the career day programme included, from left, Zacharan Petersen, Nasser Barends, Constable Lubabalo Balintulo of Grassy Park Police Station and Eleanor Abrahams of the academy.PHOTOS: gary van dyk

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The Southern Suburbs Youth Academy in Parkwood takes its mission – to turn the lives of youth in a positive direction – very seriously.

Last week it hosted a career day programme at the academy in Acacia Road. Motivational speakers gave the young participants insight into what awaits them if they make wrong decisions in their lives.

Monica Martin, one of the coordinators of the event, says the academy was founded in 2002 in response to the high drop-out rate at high schools in the area.

“We offer a variety of options at the academy that includes night school for adult learners as well as full-time tuition for youth aged 18 and older,” she says. “There is also a Level 4/ Grade 9 equivalent programme for adults as well as youth from as young as 15 to get to do Grade 12.”

Martin says they hosted the career day to give youth a sense of what is expected of them in the real world.

“All the participants had to prepare themselves to be interviewed by a panel and then given an assessment,” she says. “Another important part of the programme was our motivational speakers who included the police and former gang members who did not mince their words about what awaited them if they chose a life of crime.

“Many of them who are still at risk got a wake-up call when they heard some of the horror stories of the unglamorous side of life in gangs and in prison.

“We hope that the message they take from those speakers hit home and they realise that their education is much more important than living a life of fear.”

V For more information on the Southern Suburbs Youth Academy call 021 705 7819 during office hours.

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