An organisation aimed at youth development has been launched in the Mitchell’s Plain and Strandfontein basin.
Advance Edukos Foundation, the brainchild of Wendy Abrahams, focuses on various workshops for local at-risk youth.
“I have been in youth development for over 15 years and recognised the need for youth development among the youth from Strandfontein and Mitchell’s Plain. As someone who is completely passionate about young people and their holistic development, with God’s help, I immediately started working on Advance Edukos Foundation,” says Abrahams.
The organisation focuses on education but assists youth with any needs they may have.
“Not every young person has struggles or challenges with their school work, hence we have a variety of offerings to inspire, ignite and inform the youth. Some of them need access to information, some want to experience sport and recreation, others want experiences with something new. We hope to meet the need of all those in our programme,” she says.
With the hard lockdown, the organisation still ran initiatives.
“Initially it was our plan to only commence with the programme in January 2021, however, there is a need and we decided to avail our services, which include academic support and psychosocial support. By the end of 2020 we would have built relationships between 111 to 120 young people,” says Abrahams.
“Our official after-school programme commences in January 2021 and some of the activities include reading skills, digital skills, Stem (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) exercises and fun activities. Also included is therapeutic art hubs, drama and access, to sporting opportunities. “We consider ourself a ‘lockdown’, but not a locked in baby. We step out of this pandemic with hope for the youth we work with and will be working with and we have a couple of activities happening during October and November,” says Abrahams.
These include a Dignity Day for 20 girls on Saturday 31 October and another event on Saturday 7 November for 40 girls.
“We have a Dignity Day for 20 girls partially sponsored by the Dignity Campaign. We are still in need of funding or donations for snack and lunch packs. Each girl will receive a dignity diary and dignity care pack,” she says.
The organisation also runs the Art Hub programme every Friday in October and every Saturday in November.