Youth Café

New project be­ing man­aged by Żgħażagħ Az­zjoni Kat­to­lika

The Malta Independent on Sunday - - LIFESTYLE & CULTURE -

Żgħażagħ Az­zjoni Kat­to­lika (ŻAK) in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Aġen­z­ija Żgħażagħ is ex­pand­ing the ser­vices it cur­rently of­fers in or­der to con­tinue be­ing of relevnce in to­day’s so­ci­ety. ŻAK is of­fer­ing a safe space, a Youth Cafe’, where young peo­ple, be­tween the age of 13 and 17 can meet. A Youth Café is cur­rently be­ing or­gan­ised on a weekly ba­sis in Paola and Qrendi. In the com­ing months, an­other space in Qormi will also be used for this pur­pose. The Youth Cafe’ in Paola can be found in Pjazza An­toine De Paule (next to HSBC), whereas the Youth Cafe’ in Qrendi can be found in the Pas­toral Cen­tre of Qalb ta’ Ġesu in Żur­rieq Road. The young peo­ple who make use of this ser­vice amount to around 18 in Paola and 25 in Qrendi.

Through the Youth Café, the young peo­ple are be­ing of­fered:

A space where they feel ac­cepted and where ev­ery­one is wel­come;

A space to pro­vide young peo­ple with the op­por­tu­nity to talk and dis­cuss with­out feel­ing pres­sured or judged;

A place of care where young peo­ple can spend their recre­ational and leisure time and also find time to re­lax;

A place where young peo­ple can have ac­cess to in­for­ma­tion and find men­tors who can guide them in their de­ci­sions; and

A place where young peo­ple can build and strengthen pos­i­tive re- la­tion­ships with other young peo­ple and their youth work­ers.

These youth cafés have been de­vel­oped with the needs of young peo­ple in mind. A prop­erly man­aged youth café can be a very im­por­tant source of sup­port for young peo­ple, of­fer­ing men­tor­ship and sup­port through chal­lenges and guid­ing them to­wards op­por­tu­ni­ties dur­ing the most dif­fi­cult pe­riod of tran­si­tion in their lives. Such men­tor­ship can be a way to as­sist young peo­ple in be­com­ing more re­silient and bet­ter equipped with life skills.

Young peo­ple are be­ing in­vited to at­tend one of the youth cafés, open ev­ery Thurs­day be­tween 4.30 and 7.30pm in Paola or be­tween 5 and 8pm in Qrendi, in or­der to get a taste of what goes on at a youth café.

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