Youth leadership aims
This initiative inside Project Bantu The objective is to allow selected participants to be trained to cover a leading role inside the regular activities of the program. This will translate into Leadership training that will unite the theoretical knowledge learned during the class, with the work experience of the leading role within the program.
The program aims to engage young people on:
- Taking responsibilities
- Active engagement in the community
- Improved vision of the future
- Self-esteem building
DESENGAGED YOUNG PEOPLE
Disengaged youth feel alienated, disconnected, unvalued or unable to contribute in a meaningful way. They may lack knowledge and skills or face structural or internal barriers – such as prejudice or limited resources and opportunities – that limit their engagement,. Young people are also excluded from particular processes because they are considered deficient in skills or knowledge.
YOUNG PEOPLE IN DESAVANTAGE
Young people at risk are not an easily defined group and come from a range of backgrounds and life circumstances.
Young people are at risk if their behaviour or life circumstances seriously jeopardize their wellbeing and alienate them from their families, education and training and the community.
These young people::
- are disengaged from school, education and training
- have life risk factors
- are initial or minor offenders in the criminal justice system
- are persistent or serious offenders in the criminal justice system.
Young people who are disengaged from education and training are at risk of leaving school and/or becoming unemployed. Young people with life risk factors such as intellectual disabilities or mental health issues are at risk of alienating their families and the community which will prevent them from securing productive and meaningful futures.
Young people who have entered the criminal justice system as minor, serious or persistent offenders have adopted behaviours that place them at risk of further offending. This is a cycle that is best broken early in order to impart a sense of worth, security and self-confidence.
Children and young people are not spared from the gross human rights abuses that force people to flee their countries of origin and become refugees. They may experience such violations of fundamental rights as part of a family or on their own, when they are separated from their families and friends during flight.
Some of the common experiences of refugee children and young people are: :
- Separation from family and friends, including one or both parents
- War and violence, including sexual violence, bombings & armed conflict and forced military service (child soldiers)
- Dangerous journeys with limited supplies and no means of protection
- Death or disappearance of family members, friends and community elders/leaders.
- Extended stays in refugee camps, which are often violent, overcrowded, lack the appropriate resources, like drinking water and proper sanitation and have little opportunities for education and mental health services.
- Hunger and starvation
- Adjusting to an unfamiliar environment, culture and language.