Youth Self Expression

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Youth Self Expression

South Africa
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
< $1,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

It is about managing change and leadership capacity development in young people as well as community development so as to impact on changing attitudes and assumptions that perpetuate stigma, discrimination, denial, and silence in dealing with HIV/AIDS, Racism, Xenophobia hence reducing vulnerability, increasing personal responsibility and social cohesion.

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Literacy levels are pretty high leading to organisational issues among the CBO members, meanwhile structured conversations have helped shift perceptions in witholding of information, avoidance of speaking up at meetings for fear of being seen as not knowlegeable. Meanwhile more could be done in managing or sourcing of resources for Early Childhood Development initiatives, organising or implementing Waste Management activities including recycling done by different young people in health clubs. We have also been helping people see opportunity where they consistently experience resignation and speak of their problems more ofetn rather than vision solutions to them. The young people seem to live in an environment where they often feel incomplete and not worthy. Speaking about thier issues sitting in a circle out in the forest helps them liberate some of the heaviness of doing tis work in their "backyard". Governance issues continue to top the list as youth grapple with group dynamics, issues of attention creating disciplinary issues.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

My idea involves facilitating workshop processes to groups of young people(20 per six-to-nine month session period)selected from existing Community Based Organisations and to explore the inner landscape of the individual young boy and girl(16 till 35 years of age) highlighting how their (thoughts, drivers, motivators, values, attitudes, goals, feelings, emotions, inner individual belief systems, assumptions, perceptions, expectations, choices and decisions) formulate strategies of engagement with the self and outside environment in as far as they influence relationships with HIV/AIDS, climate change and collective wisdom in their community. The issues that will be solved include capacity building, gender inequality, low literacy levels among them, denial of impact on environment, stigma, blame, hidden agendas, ineffective leadership and promiscuity among the young men of the community and bring them into conversations with their girl counterparts in dialogue about HIV/AIDS as well as patriarchal dominance, relationship dysfunctional beliefs that hinder integration of the community or perpetuate apathy to do something about healing the community.Using the impact of speaking in a circle, where every participant is 'seen' and valued, we tap into the individual personal potential, patience, perseverance, vision and innovation to make inroads into resistance, avoidance, apathy and shame that we assume seems to be holding back many of our communities from coming forward with solving issues within their communities.Workshop proceses help us break through the belief barrier system of participants that are currently preventing the community from being successful, then we clarify with them their most important values and help them learn to overcome values conflicts while together we identify their true and ultimate values then align the values with the version of success that means true to these youths and help them choose to be successful and remain on this path.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Our experience working in Philippi, Cape Town, has seen us assist youths in raising awareness among CBO members in finding solutions and shift thier mindsets from talking about problems, resulting in them initiating and running soup kitchens for instance, so as to cater for under malnutrition in the community (highest number of malnourished being children) or as well the soup kitchens assist with feeding those taking medication regimes for HIV/AIDS or TB but patients had been absconding due to them finding it difficult to access food(poverty, unemployment etc). We have also impacted on improving organisational aspects of CBO members improving how to do effective meetings, improve documentation, linking them with corporate stakeholders to assist them with products for soup kitchens, coaching them with participating in business competitions, the prices they win were ploughed into developing more sites to feed people. Those youths in urban agriculture we assisted them with visioning, planning and accessing available expertise within reach in the community. We have empowered youths to have fruitful conversations with their 'parents' coming into their midst with political agendas and assist with conflict resolving processes. Some street soccer started but fell on the wayside
About You
Section 1: About You
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Community Matters/Human "Software"


, WC

Section 2: About Your Organization
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Your idea
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We use constructive feedback, listening and insightful questioning as well as noticing and keeping track of a strong medium in which conversations happen by keeping strong external boundaries in which the issues of confidentiality, risk, transparency and vulnerability take place.We pull our sleeves and start doing it(whatever it is that we agree with youths will work to tackle a situation). We have done exchange trips between youths from the townships with young people from white neighbourhoods, however we mainly meet with groups of young people who need guidance on some current issues in their organisation. In most of interaction they ask for trainings and we have restructured the approach to start using wilderness and bring topics directed at specific topics as well as be more incisive and direct than be simply supportive.We bring stakeholders to support some initiatives so participate as stakeholder interface with community CBO members


Improving of parent-teenage child relationships,children offer entertainment and in the process also give parents an opportunity to appreciate their children showcasing talent at organised events, while giving them peace of mind when they know activites of child when not home thus perhaps reducing tension between parent and teenage child. Inter-organisation relationships have increased thus helping with community cohesion as youths from distant parts of community can know each other, while youths start appreciating issues they have when they share together what they are going through. Somew have started thier own projects while involvement with service providers is increasing

What will it take for your project to be successful over the next three years? Please address each year separately, if possible.

Identifying 'interesting' places in nature to visit for workshops, keeping a solid workshop programme in place('fresh and intertaining' topics including facilitation styles),maintaining a flow of interested group of young people in the programme so as to infleunce the next intake and so on. As the programme grows monapower increases as well so targeting the right personel with the right mentality for this work to assist to keep the programme going.

What would prevent your project from being a success?

The iteration of workshop trainings enough to draw in effective numbers, sustain them and keep them interested in coming knowing that most youths are seasonal employees or seeking employment, attendance is influenced by many factors and that affects the running of workshops.

How many people will your project serve annually?

What is the average monthly household income in your target community, in US Dollars?

Less than $50

Does your project seek to have an impact on public policy?


What stage is your project in?

Operating for less than a year

In what country?

, WC

Is your initiative connected to an established organization?

If yes, provide organization name.

It was part of an initiative used by Urban Matters Philippi supported by CORDAID but funder pulled out of SA

How long has this organization been operating?

1‐5 years

Does your organization have a Board of Directors or an Advisory Board?

Does your organization have any non-monetary partnerships with NGOs?


Does your organization have any non-monetary partnerships with businesses?


Does your organization have any non-monetary partnerships with government?


Please tell us more about how these partnerships are critical to the success of your innovation.

Creating these partnerships is crucial however at present the idea is injecting life into part of what was an initiative operating in Philippi.Ngos and Businesses particularly assisted with resources and it is crucial to re-engage them again once this programe starts to function

What are the three most important actions needed to grow your initiative or organization?

1) Identify and Maintain suitable venues for workshops
2) Target the 'right' kind of mix of participants
3) Innovative facilitation

The Story
What was the defining moment that led you to this innovation?

We had been working for one year, had build great momentum and the community was now beginning to respond to our facilitation processes then the funder pulled out while everything just started collapsing around us and this is my way to create employment for myself and the youth with whom we were interacting with meanwhile I feel it necessary to carry on in the way the current project is described.

Tell us about the social innovator behind this idea.

The tools of facilitation offered by attending trainings with The Mankind Project South Africa(MKP-SA) as an affilliate of MKPI and the way the men who attend these trainings have changed their lives. The work that we did for one year beginning 2009-early 2010 in the very community suggests it is doable and changes people's lives remarkably

How did you first hear about Changemakers?

Email from Changemakers

If through another, please provide the name of the organization or company

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