The City of Cape Town will focus on opening up new opportunities for young people to help overcome substance abuse, gangsterism and unemployment.
In keeping with this administration’s commitment to building a Caring and Safe City, the City of Cape Town Social Development and Early Childhood Development Directorate have begun implementing a number of projects specifically aimed at youth development.
- Two Expanded Public Works Programme job creation projects, providing support to organisations from the communities that youth reside in to assist them to gain works skills. This is linked to the work skills training project that provides two month job opportunities to apply the skills learnt through the training provided by the City
- Life skills training sessions with school-going youth as part of an extra mural activity
- Six work and employment skills training workshops for unemployed and out of school youth at risk through the University of the Western Cape
- Six organisational capacity-building workshops for organised youth structures, networks and forums through the Cape Peninsula University of Technology
“Young people need opportunities like these to engage in meaningful activities, have a voice, take responsibility for their actions, and actively participate in civic discourse,” said Mayoral Committee Member for Social Development and Early Childhood Development, Councillor Suzette Little.
The City’s youth development implementation programme aims to:
- Facilitate young people’s entry into the job market and thus work towards reducing youth unemployment levels by providing young people with work and employment skills, support and training
- Build linkages, partnership and networks to render support to youth at risk in a coordinated manner by collaborating with other line Departments, other spheres of government particularly the Provincial Department of Social Development and civil society
- Increase youth involvement and active citizenship by building the capacity of youth organisations and leaders to become agents in their own development who make meaningful contributions to their communities
“We know that gangsterism and substance abuse are rife in many communities around the city. And that the high unemployment rate amongst our youth increases their chances of getting involved in dangerous activities. It is therefore our hope that by providing added opportunities for Cape Town’s young people, we will assist them to reach their full developmental potential and become healthy and happy adults who are able to contribute significantly and positively to their communities,” said Councillor Little.