Africa Jam Youth Outreach, a youth empowerment non-profit organisation, provides safe after-school programmes, camp experiences, HIV/Aids training, Christian fellowship and spiritual development, and other programmes to learners.
The organisation based in Cape Town, works with schools in Grassy Park and Lotus River.
Africa Jam’s vision is to provide hope and unity in the lives of young people regardless of race, culture, or socio-economic background.
The organisation does this by empowering the learners with knowledge and life skills, and provides them with opportunities to develop their talents.
This also enhances the well-being of their schools and community.
According to Eugene Ohlson, programme manager of Africa Jam Youth Outreach, the organisation has an after-school programme where they teach young children life skills. Ohlson says the organisation's main focus is primary school’s in the surrounding areas.
“We focus on the struggles they might be facing, and we aim to start at primary school level,” says Ohlson.
He says they also plan junior camps for learners from Grade 4 to 7 and senior camps for learners from Grade 8 to 12. “We teach and encourage leadership and some learners even choose to get involved in sport, arts and music programmes.”
He says whatever interest the learners have is what they encourage them to do.
According to Ohlson, there is a change in the behaviour of the learners. He says the schools provide a weekly report on the behaviour of the learners. Africa Jam Youth Outreach also offers an after-school programme where they provide work support to the learners.
“The after-school programme offers support. We also allow the learners to use sport as an outlet and music.” He says this programme assists learners with their future and to improve their skills.
Ohlson says this programme is special because the staff members come from the communities they target. “The staff members work in these communities and can identify with these learners,” he says.
Ohlson says this makes it easier for the learners to connect with the staff members. “The connection is easier because learners don’t feel like they are talking to a stranger,” he says. “The learners can connect with the staff members and see them as brothers or sisters in the community,” he says.
Ohlson says the programme also reaches out to other schools, and they address learners during school assemblies if the schools approach them.