The Y-Justice programme also assists ex-offenders with necessary skills such as computer literacy, reading, writing and conducts various assessments which helps us determine the intervention required for each individual we attend to.
The resource centre has been made available on the CT YMCA premises which allows ex-offenders, as well as youth to make use of these facilities. This amazing initiative provides them with opportunities to gain skills without any cost.
The Y-Justice Pollsmoor programme hosted 14 students from Norway at the start of 2017 .
The students participated in a Youth Justice orientation before visiting Pollsmoor Prison. After attending the training they had an opportunity to visit Pollsmoor where they were allowed into prison to co-host the session for the day.
It was our 1st session for the year, and we saw it fit to have an introductory session with lesson 1 “WHO AM I”. The 20 odd participants’ excitement became evident when we stepped inside the small classroom where we would be running our session for the day. Their reaction made me even more excited and all in all it was a very intriguing session and a good way to start the programme.
To this day, it is an honour to be a part of this programme as I learn something new each time I engage in class. It is also fulfilling to offer my time as a volunteer to help for the greater good of others.
Source: Kelly Julie Volunteer: YMCA Cape Town