Youth groups:Working constructively towards a common goal
Young people in South Africa often form themselves into groups around common interests or areas of concern e.g. sports, choir or theatre activities, study groups, income-generation groups such as creative waste recycling, groups that care for the aged or sick, or groups that have as their mission the raising of awareness of issues facing the youth, particularly regarding HIV/AIDS and drug and alcohol abuse. All such groups are faced with conflicts, both within the groups and in their communities ,which are often violent in nature.
Phaphama Initiatives workshops, based on the Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) methodology, provide an experiential leadership and human relationship training model that builds the ability of these groups to work together constructively towards a common goal. Too often, youth groups have raised viable ideas or started projects only to see them fail, because of destructive human relationships within the group.
In addition to providing the skills which build a platform of respect, trust, collaborative leadership, unity of purpose and the ability to resolve conflicts within the group, the AVP intervention is a transferable process with in-built elements of sustainability and income-generation, thus enabling youth groups to become role-models of positive leadership in their communities, whilst contribution to their family’s income.