Youth leadership strengthened

2018-01-16 06:00
The group at the camp.

The group at the camp.

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The Cape Flats YMCA held a five-day youth safety camp in Strandfontein to equip vulnerable youth with the proper skills to ensure they have a positive future.

Last year was their first camp in an initiative that they hope to continue annually.

The camp took place from Monday 11 to Friday 15 December in conjunction with their Y-Justice Department at the YMCA Rotary campsite.

“The camp was aimed at educating and motivating vulnerable kids across the Cape Flats and surrounding areas. It was our first youth safety camp and we are planning that it will be an ongoing event,” says Berenice Roman from the organisation.

A group of 60 youths attended the camp, aimed at helping youth at risk to make better social choices.

“Youth will become socially stable and will manage their peers objectively. Youth will be equipped to recognise early warning signs and win the battle against social evils,” says Roman.

The goal is to host the camp again this year, and anyone interested in assisting the organisation is asked to get in touch with them.

“The Cape Flats YMCA is one of seven YMCAs in the Western Cape. Over the last 16 years this YMCA has serviced the Cape Flats area with pride and diligence,” says Roman.

The Cape Flats YMCA is a non-profit organisation and is a volunteer-driven and community-based organisation with a vision to enable the youth in the community. It serves through development and empowerment to become agents of positive change.

“Our core purpose is to empower young people for life, leadership and service. It was established with a focus on helping street kids to reform their lives and over the decade the focus has changed to helping young people become leaders and communities become nodes of care and support for youth at risk,” says Roman.

Other projects currently running are the Y-Fit fitness programme, the Y-Health project that provides youth with ongoing HIV, Aids and TB testing and counselling, and the Local Action Group that features debating at high schools.

The organisation thanks their sponsors – Athlone YMCA, Mustadifin, SAPS, ACVV, Atlantis Substance Abuse and Strandfontein Surf Lifesaving Club – for all their hard work, dedication and fun workshops that took place during the week.V For more information on how to get involved with the organisation, call Berenice Roman on 021 391 0564 or 083 765 7671.


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