Heal the Hood for Lephalale’s youth

LEPHALALE — Kyle McDonald, a grade nine learner from Hoërskool Ellisras, was chosen to join the very first International Leadership Academy in Lephalale and attended their first workshop during the October 2016 school holidays.
They were challenged to complete a community project before 31 March 2017.
Kyle says he pondered as to what could be done regarding teenage activities in the Lephalale area. “Us teenagers are very complex and will do strange things to please our peers. At this age of self-discovery, drugs, alcohol and teenage pregnancies have a huge impact on our lives. Abuse and unsafe conditions are also reasons for our low educational goals” he explains.
Heal The Hood – Heroes of South Africa 2016 is a non-profit organisation that started in the streets of the Cape Flats by the youth, for the youth. Their aim is to provide alternative cultural experiences through hip hop, dancing and art. They address community issues and help create a sense of self-worth in teenagers. They also assist them in becoming active participants in the society.
Kyle says to meet his challenge, he will, with the assistance of the community, be bringing Heal the Hood, the heroes of South Africa, to Lephalale. “They will show us how to find alternative behaviours, how to get a plan in life and help us find a sense of self-worth” he says.
Kyle’s aim is for Heal the Hood to visit the youth at the following venues: Ga-Seleka Community Hall, Thabo Mbeki Community Hall, Mokuruanyane Community Centre, Hoërskool Ellisras and Exxaro Community Hall.
(Mogol Post will keep the readers posted – Ed)

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