Adolescence is the pivotal period between childhood and adulthood. It is the time when youth need to acquire the attitudes, competencies, values, and social skills that will carry them forward to successful adulthood. It is also the time when they need to avoid choices and behaviours that will limit their future potential. Parents and families play a crucial role in helping young people navigate this phase. In the past, schools, neighborhoods, and communities extended and enhanced positive development and supported young people. Indeed, an enduring image of African life is the participation of neighbors and community members watching out for children, taking responsibility for their safety and well being, and helping to steer them in the right direction.
In recent decades, a number of social forces have changed both the landscape of family and community life and the expectations for young people. A combination of factors have weakened the informal community support once available to young people: high rates of family mobility; greater anonymity in neighborhoods, where more parents are at work and out of the home and neighborhood for long periods, and in schools, which have become larger and much more heterogeneous; extensive media exposure to themes of violence and heavy use and abuse of drugs and alcohol; and, in some cases, the deterioration and disorganization of neighbourhoods and schools as a result of crime, drugs, and poverty. At the same time, today’s world has become increasingly complex, technical, and multicultural, placing new and challenging demands on young people in terms of education, training, and the social and emotional skills needed in a highly competitive environment. Finally, the length of adolescence has extended to the mid- to late twenties, and the pathways to adulthood have become less clear and more numerous.
A Youth centre will provide guidance and support young people in need for positive development.
The centre will support opportunities for young people to develop the physical, social , emotional and cognitive abilities and to experience achievement, leadership, enjoyment, friendship and recognition.
There will be instructional programs and unstructured activities too to create a :
The Youth centre will Provide young people with a safe environment that will enhance their creativity and innovation as they explore their purpose in life and discover their inner strength and drive.