Focused on encouraging young people to consider that their decisions impact their futures, the Decision Affects Destinies (DAD) youth mentorship programme is championed by local ward councillor Eddie Andrews.The programme was established in 2013 and has evolved to include a Grade 12 mentoring programme. Learners who will participate in the mentoring programme this year met for an orientation breakfast at the Lentegeur subcouncil offices on Saturday 28 January. The breakfast was followed by a workshop on goal-setting presented by Theresa Denton. Denton is well-known for her involvement in city libraries. The matriculants are from various schools across Mitchell’s Plain and interacted well with each other and Denton. The learners will meet twice a month for various workshops and extra lessons. The programme last year included tutoring and study sessions. During the recent workshop Denton reminded the learners that they had to follow their passion. She encouraged them to use this to pursue their dreams.The programme aims to link learners to opportunities and empower them to pursue these opportunities. Andrews concluded proceedings by highlighting that a decision had an impact on many destinies and that the consequence could be positive or negative – entirely dependant on the decisionmaker. He further asked the participants to make positive decisions and aspire to be rolemodels.