The forces of addiction to drugs and alcohol abuse, gangsterism and a lifestyle filled with criminal activities are to be reckoned with. Therefore the Kamesh CPF Youth Forum is operating towards empowering the youth to take a stand against these destructive influences.“We want the youth of our surrounding areas to unite and stand together in fighting these forces affecting us. Youths understand each other better and as a youth forum we want to focus on the good things in our community and to take responsibility,” said Diane Jansen, chairperson of the Kamesh CPF Youth Forum.Members of the forum last week visited the children’s ward at the Uitenhage Provincial Hospital as part of their Easter Joy Run outreach. They also visited the Kabah Clinic as part of their outreach.According to Sergeant Nontuthuzelo Sibaca-Selani, Kamesh CPF Youth co-ordinator, the main aim is to address crime where the youth is involved and that it should be done by their peers.“This is being done by means of our programmes and awareness campaigns. These programmes include drug awareness, teenage pregnancies and the fight against crime,” said Sergeant Sibaca-Selani.“We need more youths to be involved with the forum activities. It is not that these members are police informers or impimpis, it is about addressing social ills and bringing positive change in our community.” According to Jansen, the Kamesh Youth Forum is open to all of the youth in the suburb’s surrounding areas.“We encourage youths to join us and help to make a difference and to gain life skills. Also to meet new people and to bond with and assist the men and women in blue who look after our safety,” said Jansen.The forum has a list of activities planned for the rest of the year and invites the youth to join them. “We are constantly reminded that the youth is our future, but then the youth need to take responsibility of their future,” said Jansen. For more information about the Kamesh CPF Youth Forum contact chairperson Diane Jansen 063 269 2324; vice chairperson Ree-Charl Pietersen 063 433 2520 or Sergeant Nontuthuzelo Sibaca-Selani 083 946 7826 or Eileen Speelman 074 626 9240.