Youth Café Awards
George Youth Café awarded 185 students certificates last week after they finished courses in entrepreneurial training tot community development programmes conducted at the café.
They received certificates in Film, Entrepreneurship, Visual Arts, Project and Events, Music Development and Life Exchange.
Mr Pieter Pepler, Manager in the Office of the Executive Mayor, attended the function on behalf of the Mayor, Aldm Charles Standers.
He congratulated the students in his address and said they have embarked on taking charge of their own future. He shared some of his personal experiences growing up and said there are 3 kinds of people, those who make this happen, those who watch this happen and those who wonder what happened. He challenged the students to become people who make things happen.
Ms Zingiswa Skade from the Department of Social Development: Eden Karoo District said the Youth Cafés are part of the Youth Strategy in the Western Cape Government.
She said the province is fortunate to have Mr Albert Fritz, Minister of Social Development who has a love for youth development. George were chosen as one of the places as a pilot project.
She said the Youth Café attracts youngsters by five pillars of the pathway to a productive adulthood. It is a family foundation, education and training, economic opportunities, identity and belonging and reconnection.
The programmes are designed to inspire, educate youngsters to become responsible, independent and healthy productive citizens with positive personal, family and social relationships by the time they reach 25.
She said the building is also colourful and it smells of coffee to attract the youngsters.
The Youth Cafés offer services to further the youth’s education, to acquire training and skills, as well as to enhance development and growth. All of these services aim to make the youth more employable and help them find work or event start their own businesses.
George Youth Café concentrates on the Arts and Entrepreneurship.
Olwethu Sotshantsha did courses in Entrepreneurship and Events Management. “I found the courses very informative and interesting. I have learned a lot. I was a finalist in the Entrepreneurial competition and one of my ideas will also be developed further in events management. “I want to thank the Youth Café and the Social Development Department for this great opportunity,” she said.
Wayne van Beulen did courses in Project Management and Entrepreneurship. “I found it to be very exciting and I gained a lot of knowledge,” he said. He already owns his own clothing store.
Caption: At the awards are in front Olwethu Sotshantsha and Wayne van Beulen, two of the successful students from the George Youth Café. At the back from left are Elrico van Rooyen (George Youth Café ), Austin Hans (Department of Social Development), Zingiswa Skade (Department of Social Development), Pieter Pepler (Office of the Executive Mayor of George) and Shawn Campher (George Youth Café ).
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