Youth and Lifestyle Centre (YLC) is an initiative created by VPUU. It is a platform where we create space, opportunity and provide basic resources for youth to engage in positive activities that showcase their passions and skills.
Central to the process is co-designing the programmes, building partnerships, encouraging active engagement and allowing the youth to explore the issues that impact on them directly. Through art, culture, and sport the YLC aims to lay a creative foundation for young people to make positive choices in their lives. YLC is currently active in Harare, Monwabisi Park and Paarl East.
The intention of YLC is to have a platform that caters for after school alternative activities for youth engagement to divert the attention from violence, drugs and alcohol harms.
In Harare, YLC started on the 25th of November, 2016, with 14 attendees and 5 performances. To date, Friday sessions see an average of 100 attendees and 25 artists with an average of 5 first time performers each evening.
The graph below depicts first 20 Fridays in Harare.
The first session had about 20 people. The average attendance for the session is 100 youth per night. On Session 11, there was a fashion show for the night, the attendance was more than 250 people. The shift indicates the rise in interest when there is a different activity happening. The majority of attendees are guys for all the evenings.
The initiative is sustained by the youth of the community. Even on a rainy and cold Friday they make the session happen. Their drive and passion are the life blood of the program. Currently, the YLC focus is on creating a sustainable open mic session each Friday at Masibambane Hall. These sessions see rappers, musicians, poets, dancers, fashion designers, artists coming together on one stage. Some come from as far as Langa, Gugulethu, Mfuleni and Kraaifontein just to be on the YLC platform.
The possibilities are endless, there is more to come. Share with us what you would like to see happen at YLC. #getinvolved
For more details on YLC, contact Lerato, Harare Coordinator, on 072 1896 277 or send us a message on the Facebook page