THE Waterloo Youth Empowerment Summit 2018 was held at Waterloo Community Hall on December 9. The aim of the summit was to provide a forum for the youth to express their views on the causes of social ills and solutions to challenges that the youth of Waterloo is faced with. Summit activities helped to defuse tensions and build alliances among stakeholders and communities in identifying problems and strategies which aim to reduce the ills that hinder young people from realising their potential and strengths.Administrator for Ithuba Community Centre Thembelihle Khowa said the summit was an exchange of information where various departments were invited to address the youth and to provide awareness on their expertise. “There was an estimated 200 people in attendance, which was a positive turnout given the rainy weather. All departments presented and set up tables for exhibitions where lots of goodies, information pamphlets, and condoms were distributed. Children were given full access to the mobile library and were encouraged to open library cards.Thanks to the sponsorship from ID Construction, that contributed towards catering costs, all attendees were provided with a scrumptious lunch, packed water, fruit juice and a fruit. We can conclude that, with the success the youth summit has seen, the Waterloo steering committee is certainly committed to hosting this event on an annual basis.”Various departments, organisation, and local dancers attended the summit. Khowa said the centre aims to host this summit as an annual event so that the goal and the message can be re-emphasised in the community of Waterloo.