Di­a­logue serves as think-tank for youth

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Mdantsane-based Dream Alive Youth Foun­da­tion hosted in­ter­na­tional non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion En­ac­tus at a di­a­logue dis­cussing is­sues af­fect­ing women and young peo­ple at Wal­ter Sisulu Univer­sity (WSU) last Satur­day un­der the theme, “Women Con­tinue to Win”.

The di­a­logue tack­led is­sues such as men­tal well­ness, health awareness, spir­i­tual growth and en­trepreneur­ship em­pow­er­ment.

“En­ac­tus brings to­gether stu­dents, aca­demics and busi­ness lead­ers who are com­mit­ted to us­ing the power of en­tre­pre­neur­ial ac­tion to im­prove the qual­ity of life and stan­dard of liv­ing of peo­ple in need,” said En­ac­tus mem­ber Phumelela Ntubeni.

“As En­ac­tus, we em­power young peo­ple in bet­ter­ing their lives by start­ing their own busi­nesses and be­com­ing en­trepreneurs. We out­lined a point where young peo­ple’s busi­nesses are not suc­ceed­ing due to the fol­low­ing fac­tors: lack of knowl­edge on how to start and run a busi­ness, funds to to start the busi­ness, nepo­tism, and a lack of con­fi­dence.”

Dream Alive Youth Foun­da­tion deputy chair Kamvelihle Kalani said the foun­da­tion spoke on three top­ics, namely en­tre­pre­neur­ial em­pow­er­ment, well­ness and health, as well as spir­i­tual growth.

“Young peo­ple were shar­ing ideas on how women and their peers can sus­tain their busi­nesses in or­der to win in life. We also talked on how to take care of our bod­ies and how to take care of our­selves as girls. We touched on sex­ual in­ter­course and protection and ev­ery­thing that has to do with health mat­ters af­fect­ing young women.

“A lot of young peo­ple go through so much in life and at times they be­come over­whelmed to the ex­tent that it af­fects their aca­demics and re­la­tion­ships,” she said

Kalani con­cluded by say­ing there was a very high level of un­em­ploy­ment in SA – to the point where even grad­u­ates were job­less, which was why cam­paigns like #HireAGrad­u­ate were cre­ated.

“Un­em­ploy­ment is the main is­sue that af­fects the youth. Some have ideas of start­ing their own busi­nesses, but lack cap­i­tal. There were quite a cou­ple of sug­gested so­lu­tions with re­gards to what was be­ing dis­cussed. It re­ally showed that young peo­ple have a lot to say about things af­fect­ing them.”

FIND­ING SO­LU­TIONS: Dream Alive Youth Foun­da­tion and En­ac­tus mem­bers dur­ing their di­a­logue ses­sion at the WSU, dis­cussing is­sues that are af­fect­ing youth

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