…as well as looking at what we should be focusing on next year.
Well, what do we think?
Well, our group has grown since we started, and seeing as we don't force people to come, this must be a good sign.
I agree, and I have also heard many young people talking about how they enjoy coming here on a Friday afternoon and discussing things that are important to them.
It seems as if this Club has definitely been a positive influence for some people… I feel proud.
….especially when you think about all the destructive things that young people can get involved in, like bullying and stealing…
I wonder what really makes some young people choose positive activities and others destructive ones?
Well, I think it has to do with who you choose as your friends….
…and how you spend your time during and after school with these friends.
We all want to be accepted by peers and friends….and often we land up doing things just to feel part of the in group… even if it is not really what we want to do.
They toyi-toyied and broke school property - windows, furniture, the Principal’s car – and said they would not go back to class until the Principal left the school…or until the Department did something to make him give back the money.
Well, I think I would also be very angry if our Principal did that, but I’m not sure that they chose the best way to handle the situation.
Clubs, groups and friends can have a positive or a negative influence on our lives.
…and give us a chance to meet other young people of our age.
We as young people, can take the initiative to start sports clubs if they are not available.
Are you sure? How?
Yes! We can sit down with youth and decide what we would like to play. Then we could approach an adult to coach us… and maybe even ask a businessman in our community for some funds to buy sports gear and equipment!
Wow! That really sounds like an exciting project, Neo!
He asked his friend at University to organise study materials and past papers for him and he used them to start a study group with his class.
Gee! That is really taking responsibility for yourself, isn’t it! Too often we think we have to rely on our teachers or our school to do everything, don’t we?!
Yes, and another wonderful story I heard is about a “Help your community” club where young people do projects in their neighbourhood….. something that will make life easier for their community…
…like fixing the roof of a crèche or visiting the senior citizens home and spending time reading to the old people. They have also found someone in their area who is teaching them how to make arts and crafts from the waste material they collect.
These are such exciting ideas guys! And there are lots more things that young people can do together.
I’m sure if we encourage people to start clubs of their own, many of us young people would stop getting involved in dangerous or harmful things.
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