In celebration of Freedom Day, the youth group of Revelation Church of God organised an event at Nomzamo Park directed at the youth of the area, to inspire them to change their lives for the better.On Friday 27 April, the day also took in performances from poets, comedians, musicians and motivational speakers.The speakers were mostly locals who had found success in their lives, sharing the experiences of their journey.Speaker after speaker could not emphasise enough that youths need to take charge of their lives and know that their actions had consequences.“Whatever you have as rights as youth of today, they also come with responsibility,” said Nosisa Mayisela from Proud To Be Me. “Remember your future depends on you, so to make it happen you need to take charge.”She urged the youth to surround themselves with positive people.“Please measure your worth based on yourself, not others,” Mayisela pointed out. “As youth, you must strengthen your strength, do what you love, speak positive thoughts to yourself and, most importantly, believe in yourself.”Sylvia Mzinyathi, a nurse at Khwezi Clinic reminded the youth of challenges they faced like teenage pregnancy, HIV/Aids and substance abuse, and urged the youth to be on the forefront to change the situation.“It all depends on all of us as young people if we build or destroy this nation,” she said. “You have a choice to do things better and not rely on your parents anymore. I urge all of you to start taking charge as of today and say ‘it begins with me’.”Church youth member Liwakazi Ngcana told City Vision she and fellow members wanted to show their peers you can have fun in church and that you do not need alcohol to enjoy yourself.“There’s a lot of crime in the Strand area and we want to be the change and sway away those that comes after us,” she said. “Youth need to know when they take drugs and get arrested, there would consequences of their actions. As young people we can enjoy ourselves differently by going to the beach and having a braai without having to drink.”Sergeant Mthokozisi Gama, Lwandle police spokesperson, urged parents to assist the police so they can fight crime in the policing precinct together.