Delft Youth Action Programme
Lead: Rory Liedeman
Funders: The South African Breweries (AB InBev)
Community Partners: Delft Safety Group, Community Policing Forum and various Neighbourhood Watch organisations
As a contribution towards reducing the harmful societal impacts of liquor in economically marginalised communities in Cape Town, SLF has proposed to implement the Delft Youth Action Programme (DYAP). This six month pilot aims to work with young people at risk in a series of life-positive activities in a process to qualitatively measure how such programmes can impact on risky drinking incidences and behaviour. SLF will work closely with youth in schools and people in the surrounding communities to engage openly and sincerely about liquor related concerns such as underage alcohol consumption and the sale of liquor to minors in various neighbourhoods in Delft. The rationale behind the DYAP pilot is to explore ways to create change in young people’s lives in order to effectively curb underage drinking activities. This forms part of a broader community advocacy and engagement intervention to drive social (behavioural) change and promote healthy and responsible lifestyles and behaviour.
SLF will invite up to 50 young people from five schools in Delft to join a group of mentors, with the aim of establishing three social clubs. One club will focus on developing skateboarding skills, another will involve music production/performance, and the third will aim to introduce the young people to basic film making processes. These are practical and fun activities. DYAP is designed to use sincere relationship building to encourage a connection between individuals who aim to work closely with each over the duration of the programme, potentially sharing personal experiences along the way.
The intervention aims to explore and bring about change through:
- Encouraging peer to peer learning;
- Creative, fun and healthy mentorship spaces;
- Exposure to ‘no-drinking’ activities and environments;
- Encourage community advocacy through establishing ambassador / leadership roles;
- Encouraging community participation and ownership of the process;
- Developing new life skills, especially for youth participants.
The programme aims to measure change in young people with regards to attitudes towards alcohol consumption, as well as actual change in behaviour patterns.
Key measurement tools will include:
- Initial qualitative pre-intervention evaluation to a targeted audience;
- Peer to peer reflection and measurement;
- Ongoing evaluation of programme participation and performance;
- Final qualitative post-intervention evaluation for comparative analysis.