The City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee Member for Social Development and Early Childhood Development, Councillor Suzette Little, will deliver the keynote address at the City’s annual Youth Indaba at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) on Saturday.
The City’s Social Development Department partnered with UWC to run a Life Skills Project in the build-up to the indaba.
The over 800 youths from the following areas who participated in the project will attend the indaba: Athlone, Khayelitsha, Hanover Park, Bonteheuwel, Bellville South, Langa, Nyanga, Manenberg, Mitchells Plain, Bishop Lavis, Atlantis, Ocean View, Valhalla Park, Heideveld, Gugulethu, Delft, Elsies River and Lavender Hill.
The indaba will include a presentation by the National Youth Development Agency, panel discussions with the Junior City Council, and community breakaway sessions – all with a focus on working together to find practical solutions to various issues faced by the community.
As part of the Life Skills project, after-school training sessions were held with learners between the ages of 15 and 21 from across Cape Town to build life skills of vulnerable youths in an interactive way that assists them in making positive choices; to raise awareness about the dangers of engaging in anti-social behaviour; and to inspire the youth to be proactive in order to realise the change they want to see in their communities.
In this way, the City has created linkages that can render support to youth at risk, has increased youth involvement and active citizenship, and has built future leaders, in line with our commitment to creating an opportunity city.