A group of American youth called the Young Americans, have embarked on a world tour to present the Performing Arts Programme which focuses on building confidence and restoring self-esteem among the youth.
During their three-week tour, the group visited Silverstream Senior Secondary on Monday February 27, and Manenberg Senior Secondary and Vanguard Primary School on Wednesday March 8.
The theme of the programme was “I know I can: Be what I want to be: If I work hard enough: I will be where I want to be.”
Captain Ian Bennett, spokesman for Manenberg police station, said these dynamic young people from all over America had brought new hope to the youth of Manenberg.
“The pupils thoroughly enjoyed the approach used by their newfound youth leaders. This proves how youth have influence over other youth and how the youth of Manenberg have the power to change things for themselves,” he said.
“Our youth seek instant gratification with the benefit of being and feeling successful. A continued programme like this would have a huge benefit for our youth and will definitely have an effect on their academic abilities. It was a proud moment for Brigadier Enolium Joseph, station commander, to witness the talents of our youth,” he said.
Captain Bennett invited all organisations in Manenberg which work with young people to contact Manenberg SAPS’ social crime prevention unit so that together they can have a bigger impact on the youth of Manenberg. Those interested can call 021 699 9471.