Career day for youth

2019-06-11 06:00
Inside one of the previous health career expos

Inside one of the previous health career expos

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Lotus River Community Day Centre (CDC) invites youth to its career day taking place at Grassy Park Civic Centre tomorrow.

The event will be held in partnership with education and other vocational institutions with the aim to educate and encourage youth to make use of the youth-friendly services offered at the centre.

Rene Daniels, the centre’s social worker, explains that the services will continue being offered throughout the day but between 14:00 and 16:00 is considered a peak hour and they have staff on standby to help as it is expected that learners would mostly be making use of the facility after school hours.

She says the information on how the system works will be explained at the event.

The youth will get exposure to various services offered at different institutions and get to interact with representatives.

Learners from neighbouring schools are encouraged to attend. The venue will accommodate up to 800 individuals and anyone from the age of 12 is welcome to attend.

Daniels says they realised they needed to think out of the box after the youth was reluctant from seeking healthcare assistance until it was too late.

She says because the centre is accessible to everyone in the community, the young people become ashamed to ask for certain services, afraid of being judged by those that might recognise them.

The centre has now created a safe space where youth will have privacy and be able to access all services for free, she said.

She added that the surrounding communities are affected by the number of teenage pregnancies, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and other health risks, which is reportedly growing.

“They are not keen to come because they might bump into their family members. We had to come up with a plan to make them comfortable,” says Daniels.

She says they discovered this through feedback from some young women who went for abortions and for sexual related reasons.

Family planning, seeking counselling and getting a diagnosis should be done before it is too late, she added.

Invited schools include Grassy Park High School, Pelican Park High School, Zeekoevlei High School, Steenberg High School, Lavender Hill High School, Sibelius High School and Crestway Secondary School.

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