Risk factors for unhealthy child development are high in areas such as the Cape Flats but it is still possible for children to thrive in these conditions. One major protective factor that can improve child outcomes is that of parental resilience which is defined as “the capacity of parents to deliver competent, quality parenting to children despite adverse personal, family, and social circumstances” (Gavidia-Payne, Denny, Davis, Francis, & Jackson, 2015).
For this reason, Family Affairs works towards improving participants' levels of resilience.
Growing up in poverty is challenging for a large proportion of the country’s youth. In South Africa, the leading causes of death among young people differ by gender, race and income status. Currently, the burden of disease among low income communities is high, with tuberculosis (TB) and HIV emerging as the leading causes of death among all youth in the country, along with violence and traffic accidents for young men.
Improving the health and well-being of youth is crucial for their well-being today, and for their future economic productivity.
South Africa requires services that will get young people excited about their lives and their health.
In order to achieve this youth need to:
1. Have adequate health related knowledge;
2. Have self-efficacy (believe they can take care of themselves and have the skills and power to do so) and be motivated to pursue or maintain healthy behaviour;
3. Know their personal health status; and
4. Have quality youth-friendly health services readily available.
More than half of the young people are outside both the formal schooling system and the labour market, and live below a poverty line of R604 per month. This persistent poverty and inequality prevents the realization of full citizenship.
Over the two-year-plus intervention (Grade 11, 12 and post matric), Leaders’ Quest implements different activities based on a mix of theories. The main ones being: personal resilience; emotional intelligence; and servant leadership. All activities use the learning cycle theory as the basis of their design and implementation.
Life Choices Academy:
Life Choices Academy began in 2017, with the goal of developing school-leavers’ skills so that they can obtain well-paid and meaningful jobs within a period of 12 months. Our academy simulates how companies work so that students are ready to join the workplace. We run the academy like a social enterprise aiming to be self-sustainable in a few years time. We empower young people to change their lives, tying our success to theirs. This reflects our confidence in the curriculum and the investment we make in our students. View the Life Choices Academy website here: www.lifechoicesacademy.com
Nurturer is a social enterprise owned by NPO, Salesian Life Choices. Since 2005 Life Choices has followed its passion of providing quality services to youth to tackle inequality. Nurturer was established as a local earth friendly personal care & cleaning company, where all net profits go to the work done by Life Choices. Join the movement! With every product you purchase, you become part of our dream. To make South Africa a place of abundance for all and to GIVE YOUTH A CHANCE.
View Nuturer’s website here: www.nurturer.co.za