In 2003, soon after the Foundation was established, we sought to engage a number of young people from various backgrounds, in a project called the Youth Pilot Programme.
The uniqueness of this programme is founded on the team structure. The First group came from diverse socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds, and included those with physical challenges. They met regularly, attending various workshops (e.g. drama, art and drug abuse). They engaged in community work, and through regular contact with each other, learned how to care for and consider the needs of others.
Today the Youth Development Programme (YDP) which is conducted in 15 secondary schools and 1 primary school. Our Foundation impacts positively on a minimum of five hundred youth annually from a wide cross section of schools and who face many barriers to success.
Specific areas of improvement for young participants in our programmes were targeted as follows:
1. Low self-esteem,
2. Academic underachievement,
3. Unhealthy behaviours and choices,
4. Poor social skills (including conflict resolution)
5. Leadership qualities.
The expansion of services for the programmes requires continuous promotion to new catchments of potential volunteers and related pro-bono services from professionals.