Youth support group awarded

2017-12-05 06:00
Students of the Amoyo Performing Arts Foundation from Hout Bay

Students of the Amoyo Performing Arts Foundation from Hout Bay

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Hout Bay organisations were among the winners of awards at the third annual Youth Excellence Awards held by the provincial Department of Social Development in Pinelands last Tuesday.

About 21 projects from government and the private sector that provide different youth programmes in communities around the province were awarded in seven different categories. Each category’s winner and first and second runners-up were awarded.

Members of parliament, provincial ministers and local councillors were amongst the 500 guests at the awards ceremony.

There were organisations from Rondebosch, Athlone, Muizenberg, Green Point, Grassy Park, Mitchell’s Plain, Durbanville and other areas.

The Amoyo Performing Arts Foundation in Hout Bay won second place in the Encouraging Self-expression: Sports, Arts and Culture category at the awards that recognise local organisations that help to develop the youth.

The foundation has had a turbulent year but has stayed true to one of its hashtags #onandup, says Amoyo CEO Kim Worrall.

She says they ended the year proud of what they have achieved despite being financially underresourced with no formal funding, the devastating fires earlier this year and a lack of a school hall training ­facility.

“We don’t have a hall or proper training studios. Three weeks ago we decided we weren’t going to let that stop us. Our children had achieved so much and we needed their families and everyone else to see them and admire them. Now the majority of our children have someone coming to watch and admire them as opposed to the minority – this means so much to the children.”

Project assistant Marilyn Noble says: “Receiving a ministerial award, being at such an event and in such close proximity to premier Helen Zille and the other ministers was just something I never felt would happen in my life. It was life-changing and the biggest honour and I feel so incredibly proud to be part of Amoyo’s success”.

Kronendal Music Academy came third in the Best Practice After-school Programming category.

The academy provides music education in as many forms and styles as possible to Hout Bay’s underprivileged communities, while fostering a platform from which to initiate racial and social interaction and integration amongst the area’s communities.

Most of the academy’s students come from Hout Bay schools. They are taught by 18 teachers who specialise in 22 instruments.

Paying students help to subsidise those who cannot afford fees.

Dwyn Griesel, drector of the sademy says: “We are so delighted to have been recognised by the provincial government for our important after-school work with vulnerable youth in Hout Bay. As the valley’s only multicultural music school, we are finding an ever-increasing need for meaningful extramural programmes for our children and we are proud to be able to offer them these musical opportunities so essential to their personal and cognitive growth.”

Zille was the key speaker at the ceremony and told the guests that life was a journey that needed perseverance. She said everything started with a dream and she encouraged young people to follow theirs.

“We are working hard to create the necessary environment for young people to access and leverage opportunity where required. And we are committed to partnerships that will level the playing field for many who do not have the access to resources,” said Zille.

Provincial minister Albert Fritz congratulated the winners and encouraged all the organisations to continue making a difference by empowering the future generation in various aspects of their lives.

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