Full participation, eagerness to learn, honesty and openness was the spirit of the day. The YAC team, together with stakeholders, created an atmosphere of laughter, engagement and trust with the students. Information and knowledge passed and the lively spirits that the participants from Wiggins High School had, was truly something that was magnificent to witness. About 60 students presented themselves to be empowered. It is our belief that we have positively impacted the youth of Wiggins High School in our drug and substance awareness campaign. The space was created to openly discuss matters that affect our youth and with their input and contribution to the discussions, identify many of the causes of such issues. It proved to us that these power spaces have sparked something new and broken some untouched ground.
Information resources included the identification of support centres, local NGOs and faith-based organisations in and around the community who can assist youth in the challenges they face. As the students were equipped through knowledge and it’s importance in making healthier life choices, one could see the beginning of the positive outlook to life. Giving hope to many who often experience being told that they are not worth it and that they will never succeed in life. Inspiring the call to greatness.
Our community awareness campaign was not without challenges. Time constraints in information- gathering, meeting stakeholders and limited resources meant that we nearly called the initiative off. Training, support, personal perseverance and commitment resulted in the decision, as change advocates, to continue. We are so glad we made this decision. This day taught us the true meaning of never giving up no matter how tough situations may be.
Truly, through this community campaign, we have achieved our beginners steps to empower young people towards equipping them to be in the driver seat of the African Renaissance. As YAC in training, our life journey of leadership and service is sparked with inspiration and determination. We have begun walking our talking.
Source: Wandile Buthelezi – YAC 2017