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Delft Youth Action Programme
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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 works 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 is working 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 invited up to 50 young people from five schools in Delft to join a group of mentors, and established three social clubs. One club focuses on developing skateboarding skills, another involves music production/performance, and the third introduces 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.

Mentors

Music: Simphiwe Mahlanyana – Simmah
Simmah is an Administration, Training and Development Freelancer by profession and a Singer by career. He is a 30 year old black man born in Gugulethu; bread in Langa; and currently self-buttering in Mandalay (all in the Western Cape). His formal education includes Office Administration (done at Rosebank College, WC); Marketing (done at Damelin College, WC); and Public Management (done at Regenesys Business School, GAU). His week comprises of:

  • Two days at a German consultancy mostly specialising in organisational development, coaching and equine-assisted work
  • Two days teaching isiXhosa at an independent school in Rondebosch
  •  A few hours ‘work-from-home’ for a handball sport organisation mostly doing project coordination for both Western Cape and Gauteng provinces
  • A few hours (for the past year) working on an album about issues affecting youth in South Africa, and voicing these issues in song-and-performance format

His music career was self-launched in 2013 as a cover artist and currently Simmah writes and performs his own music in and out of Cape Town. He has shared a stage with the likes of locals such as Anga Makubalo, Bongeziwe Mabandla, Bucie, Toya Delazy, to name a few. He has performed nationally (Western Cape, Eastern Cape, Kwa-Zulu Natal, Gauteng, Mpumalanga, and recently at the Afrika Burn event held in Northern Cape, just outside the Western Cape borderline. His biggest musical achievement was reaching Top 100 in Cape Town in the IdolsSA competition back in 2010.

Simmah is passionate about youth work, behavioural change and challenging societal norms. He shines brighter when he is handed over a challenge that he can resolve collectively with youth. Having grown up in the township, black and proudly gay, he knows the taste, smell, and feeling of township life with all its ups and downs, and is forever game to be part of the solution.

You can find Simmah on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

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Film: Kayla Petersen

Kayla is a videographer, editor and photographer who has a strong interest in the development of South Africa’s artistic talents. Since her qualification in film, obtained at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, she has worked on photography, film and video production in a wide range of SLF projects including Bucket Loads of Health, Making All Voices Count, Participatory Monitoring and Accountability and more recently, as videographer and editor / filmmaker for the Lively Hoods to Livelihoods project. Kayla has worked with the Sustainable Livelihoods Team since November 2016. Her dream of teaching film to disadvantaged youth has inspired her to be a part of this exciting project.

You can find Kayla on Instagram 

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Skateboarding: Theo Poswayo

As much as Project Kasi intends to contribute to the growth of skateboarding culture, we take it a step further by using skateboarding as a tool for self-discovery and personal growth. Throughout the Project Kasi programme, we focus on 3 learning outcomes, namely:

  1. Self-Awareness
  2. Social Awareness
  3. Personal Goal-Setting
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