Helping young people to get involved in their communities
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Cape Town - In commemoration of Youth Month, the City’s Community Services and Health Directorate is looking to strengthen its youth engagement initiatives, in hopes of fostering the spirit of active citizenry among the city’s youth.
The Department of Community Services and Health, in conjunction with the Department of Early Childhood Development (DECD) initiated several youth-focused programmes, aimed at supporting young people to be involved in their communities.
Speaking on the importance of supporting and fostering positive growth amongst the youth, mayoral committee member for community services and health Zahid Badroodien said the initiatives would go a long way in assisting youth who are facing increased pressure among their peers and in their environment.
Badroodien said: “As we observe Youth Month, the City’s DECD is focusing on hard-hitting issues to encourage young people to take action. The aim is to give them practical tools so they can keep themselves safe and be part of the solution to the scourges which ravage our communities.”
According to Badroodien, throughout June, the department will run anti-GBV campaigns, upliftment programmes, skills training and career expos, including an anti-bullying campaign on social media, through a series of podcasts – with representatives from Childline SA and the Western Cape Education Department (WCED).
The podcast sessions, which were officially launched on June 1, will feature different discussions centred on bullying and targeted at parents and guardians, with a focus on how best they can assist their charges.
The department will also focus on GBV in local communities and how youth can positively work to fight the scourge. Speaking on the anti-GBV programmes, Badroodien said issues relating to GBV had significantly risen over the last few years and it had become evident that fighting the scourge was not an age-group specific task.
On Wednesday, the department will be launching a virtual Career Expo. The career punting event will be taking place at the Banqueting Hall, Civic Centre and live-streamed to Bellville Library, Nazeema Isaacs and Rocklands Library Hall.