HELENVALE in Port Elizabeth has recently launched its very own Helenvale Insider, an online publication, portraying a series of “hope in the darkness” stories.This after community leader, Mario Lewis, recognised that there was hope and a brighter future for Helenvale and other troubled northern areas hotspots. The free-of-charge Helenvale Insider provides a platform where both advantaged and disadvantaged communities can address pertinent positive community stories in and around the Helenvale area.Helenvale has gained notoriety as the worst violence hotspot in the city and one of the most dangerous places in South Africa. However, for the people who live there, this small suburb is home. “Helenvale is characterised by gangsterism, violence, substance abuse and teenage pregnancy. “It is heartbreaking to see that only the negative issues are being published daily. So we have decided not to focus on the negative and rather display all positive things. “We are focused on stories about people who are doing something special to bring hope and change in the area,” Lewis said.After three years of receiving training from seasoned journalists and editors, some of the young cub reporters look forward to seeing their stories online. The publication is available via social media and monthly and weekly printed newsletters will be published in the near future. Lewis added, “When people think of Helenvale, the first thing that comes to mind is gangsterism, substance abuse and violence. But there’s more to our area than that. “We have interesting and wonderful people here – people who add colour and do positive things. Ideally, we want to give a voice to the voiceless and zoom in on the good that’s happening in our streets.”The youth-driven Helenvale Insider is a social enterprise of the Helenvale Centre of Hope. The voluntary journalists and photographers for the publication were drawn from the youth of Helenvale, giving community members the opportunity to document stories the way they experience them. “Our publication will be constructive and progressive. We don’t want people to be afraid to come here. “That’s why we want to distribute our publication to the surrounding areas as well, so that they can get a complete and positive picture of our community,” Lewis explained.According to Lewis, future plans include to own their own production house and have a live stream Facebook campaign, ‘Boost Your Community’.“We will in future have different paid services including photography, web designing, printing, short film making, documentary producing and graphic design. “Helenvale has the talent. Everyone just needs to read about it,” Lewis said.