Healing the hood

2018-05-15 06:01
Youth from Hanover Park enjoying art session at the launch on Thursday.

Youth from Hanover Park enjoying art session at the launch on Thursday.

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The First Community Resource Centre in collaboration with Heal the Hood Project took to the streets of Hanover Park on Thursday afternoon to launch their latest venture.

Excited youth in the area packed Lansur Road to get a glimpse into the new community upliftment project on the day.

Albert Matthews, a role player in the project, says the aim of the collaboration is to help youth in the community keep busy with daily beneficial activities. Hip-hop, break-dancing, rap, poetry and art classes are among several programmes set to kick off this week.

“The youth will also be given the opportunity to produce songs that will be recorded in a studio. Those songs will then be used for the dancers to dance to, and to make a music video thereafter. A book is also set to be published with all these youths’ poetry in it, among others,” explains Matthews, a representative from the First Community Resource Centre.

He says Heal the Hood utilises hip-hop and break-dancing primarily as a tool to encourage youth to break away from the gang culture encountered daily on the streets of the Cape Flats, and to encourage self-esteem through extramural activities that inculcate a positive vision for them.

Matthews urges the youth in the community to join in on the fun activities every Thursday at 10 Lansur Road, Hanover Park, from 15:30 to 17:00.

V For more information, email Albert Matthews at albert­@fcrc.org.za.

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