It was a mission accomplished when the two ventures, Discovery and Rise Again Youth Organization and Itsoseng Youth Community Projects joined together to form the Educational Youth Centre.
The two organizations offer the community support activities aimed at older children and adolescents. Depending upon the culture of the community, different services and institutions may exist for this purpose.
On the 15th of June 2015, they identified a location somewhere in a section called Phase 3 at Oukasie. The area was known to many as Old Phase 3 sports ground where the RDP housing project site office used to be situated.
According to the Line Manager Volunteer in the Love Life and a founder of the Discovery and Rise Again Youth Organization Mr. Tshepo Kwele, they have identified an area for youth centre and they further want offices in different organizations to run different programs to inspire and develop the youth.
“Our aim is to remove young people from the streets and introduce them to a healthy way by playing sport, health promotions, life skills and entrepreneurship. At the moment we are still mobilizing for some funds and resources.” said Mr. Kwele.
Collen Sethe, Chairperson at Itsoseng Youth Community Projects said that his organization has been in existence for over five (5) years now. It has participated in the 2010 World Cup Awareness at Oukasie sports ground,
HIV and AIDS awareness campaigns, entrepreneurship briefing sessions, fun run and fun walks for 16 days of activism. “We have planned to have sports council entrepreneurship combination centre, further participate in education, library for mathematics, mentorship, art and culture.”
“Our organization has a registration number – NPO 081/321, we have planned to engage with different NGO’s, community groups in the area and government institutions. We believe that the youth will get more opportunities to express their talents through competitions.”
“At the moment we are still mobilizing for some funds and resources, every individual, companies, organizations, businesses and the government who can assist can do so by calling the following numbers – Collen 0611731607, Tshepo 0728303333 or Matlhatsi 0760758367.” said Mr. Sethe.
Mmolutsi Matlhatsi a community member and President at Botlhabelo High School’s Rabican Different Species said that the centre will reduce the addictions and abuse among those vulnerable youth in Oukasie.
“As the youth we are the ones who can help build others goals through advice and education that we can provide to others. We strongly ask parents to support us in our endeavours. Our youth today do not have suitable facilities.”
“We do not have recreational parks and sports facilities that can keep us busy, we see lots and lots of teenage pregnancy in our society, what is very important is for us to achieve our dreams and goals. I was trying to open a youth company and this centre will help me achieve that goal.” said Matlhatsi.
Paballo Baloi, who completed her matric in 2013 at Botlhabelo High School in Oukasie said that she liked acting very much and the centre will help join together everybody who is into acting. “Youth must go to school, the project will help kids to go to school.” concluded Paballo Baloi.