Youth taught to make decisions

2019-04-02 06:00
The group who attended the launch at the Thusong Centre.

The group who attended the launch at the Thusong Centre.

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Youth across the metro have been given an opportunity to uplift themselves through a recent initiative made possible by the council.

The workshop series focusing on self-awareness and making informed life choices is the latest offering in the City of Cape Town’s basket of services and opportunities for young people.

The City’s Community Services and Health Directorate launched the life skills training project for youth on Monday 25 March.

The project forms part of the Transversal Youth Development Programme which will give 80 young people across the metro – 20 from each of the four geographical areas – an opportunity to participate in a two-day workshop that will equip participants with skills that will assist them to make informed life choices.

The participants were chosen from the EPWP Youth Work Readiness Programme.

The first group attended the launch session at the Thusong Centre in Tafelsig ahead of their workshop next month, in the first week of April.

Key elements of the workshop will be:

. self-awareness;

. teamwork, decision making and group dynamics;

. communication and conflict management;

. leadership;

. sex, sexuality and safer sex practices.

Mayco member for community services and health, Zahid Badroodien says the project is premised on the principle that personal victories precede public victories and focus on the mastery of self. “The ability to make informed decisions and life choices is a crucial skill as it can determine your path going forward in your personal life, and career. This workshop initiative hopes to stimulate conversation and debate around these aspects and give our participants practical tools that they can use in their own lives, but also to guide and positively influence those around them too,” says Zahid Badroodien.

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