Young people encourage to focus

Young people were motivated to stay away from drugs and teenage pregnancies

Tsakane – Young people in the area were encouraged and motivated to stay away from drugs and other social ills during a youth event held on Tuesday.

Motivational speakers, health experts, social workers and teachers shared their experiences with the youth.

Community health worker, Mapaseka Lengosane, says as a resident in the area she saw it fit to host the event which saw a side street being used as the ‘venue’.

“It pained me to see young people dropping out of school, abusing drugs and alcohol and becoming teenage parents.

“I believe if adults do not help support young people, the future is in trouble.

“What kind of adults will we have. The future doesn’t look so good from where I am standing.

“The event was held to encourage them to stay focused on the goal of a brighter future.

“It doesn’t matter where you come from – if you work hard and remain determined, you will be able to achieve anything you put your mind to,” she says.

Mapaseka says she is happy that stakeholders from other departments, especially SANCA, agreed to facilitate the event.

“Many young people start experimenting with drugs at a very young age.

“They know very little about the side effects and only get a shock when they are already hooked and find it difficult to get out.

“We are hoping that the talks will encourage them to reflect and go back to the drawing board and plan their future better,” she says.

Mapaseka says they will be hosting the motivational talks regularly.

“This cannot be a once-off event because there is still more to touch on and share with the young people.

“They will also be given an opportunity to voice their needs. We will try to address these and include career expos and health talks,” she says.

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Doreen Mokgolo
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