Youth to have say in budget

2017-03-14 06:03
Cheslyn Steenberg

Cheslyn Steenberg

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Young people in Kensington and Factre­ton are invited to join an initiative to involve them in ward allocations.

Local youth activist Cheslyn Steenberg explains that there is a need to establish a database of young people in the area so that they can have input in decisions on how finances and resource are allocated in the ward.

“We have a huge problem with youth at risk in our ward,” he says.

“While there are so many youth at risk there are young people and youth groups in the area who are playing a part in helping youth realise their potential. These are the people who we want to add to the database so that we can all start working together to help make the change.”

Steenberg adds that there is a perception that all youngsters in the area are on the wrong path, but there are many who want success in their lives.

“While factors like gangsterism, crime and drug abuse are rife, there are those who want a life beyond these negative influences.

“Our aim with this database is to give those youth at risk the chance to interact with positive rolemodels among their peers. It is also important that we look to empower the younger generation who are still at primary school to see how important education is in their lives and not be attracted to an easy, but disastrous, life of crime.

“With all of us working together in this database we can show them there are rewards for staying away from negative influences.”

For more information contact Cheslyn Steenberg on 083 543 1344 or frontiers@gmail.com.

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