Young people must grow up with the correct attitude of freedom, convinced that, "...a person is more precious for what one is than for what one has..."
By giving young people the opportunity to receive correct information and learn how to live by their values, we are enabling them to make the right choices and become responsible and respectful individuals
...Developing young people of Integrity, Service and Good Character - Responsible community members and Leaders of Today and Tomorrow.
Dare to be Different...Say NO to Negative Peer Influence!!!
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed young people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."

Club Formation and Support

Club support activities for personal growth and team buildingYouth Alive Clubs are usually formed after EFL-Behaviour Change workshops. The purpose being to create an enabling and supportive environment for partcipants to sustain positive behaviour post-intervention.

Clubs are run for both in-school and out-of-school project clients; and are about changing minds by touching hearts. These social peer support groups (YAZIM Clubs) are an important component in our sustainability strategy. YAZIM Clubs are expected to be as autonomous as possible so that they are able to sustain their own activities with out assistance. However, we continue to strengthen  these clubs through an on-going Club support programme. Common Club support activities such as role-plays, simulations, interactive games, visualization exercises and talent building are set to move participants out of their comfort zone while at the same time creating a safe and respectful environment where they can grow personally.

Club support ensures that touching one individual creates a ripple effect causing people around them to be empowered with information and life skills. We support our clubs in leadership, team building, basic counselling and small scale livelihoods projects. The YAZIM Club initiative empowers participants to actively participate in exploring creative solutions for personal growth as well as community development.

Leon giving a talk during a Club support activity James talks with club members from Roman Catholic Cathedral Club members working on the Rabbit livelihoods project

Club Led Project Initiatives - A Step towards YAZIM Project Sustainability

Our clubs fall into two categories : In-school and Out-of-school clubs. The type of projects that they run vary greatly. In-school clubs typically carry out awareness campaigns and peer support activities. On the other hand, out-of-school youths are more inclined towards community development and income generating projects. Two notable successes we have recorded in Club led project initiatives are The OVC support and Rabbit keeping initiatives.

1. The Orphan and Vulnerable Children (OVC) Support project

The pioneers of this project are in-school club members from Kriste Mambo Girls High. Their project started in 2010 and it involves visiting local Children's Shelters and Orphanages  (Sacred Heart and Maninga village) to provide emotional support, clothes and food items. Club members contribute clothes, food and money from their own pockets to give less previledged children in their community. This project has motivated Youth Alive to continue encouraging young people to make a difference to the lives of those around them.

 

2. The Rabbit Production project

IGP/Livelihood project initiated by Dangamvura Club members (Rabbit keeping)This is a livelihoods project which was initiated by youths in Danagmvura community. Although Youth Alive financed the project, the planning, construction and marketing was done by the Club. The project is still in its infancy, nevertheless considerable successs in terms of production and sales is fair.

Rabbit keeping is slowly becoming a viable and worthwhile pursuit as beef prices are high ($5 to $7 per kg). Angoras, Flemish Giants and New Zealands Rabbit breeds sell for between $2 and $5. Currently, no formal market exists in Zimbabwe. Rabbit meat is therefore produced by small scale farmers or back-yard producers and sold to family, friends and local restaurants. 

The Dangamvura Club intends to add a component of Value addition, where they will prepare rabbit meat with sadza in traditional meals for sale at the local market.

 

These and other club led initiatives are demonstration and proof that our interventions are cost effective yet have a transforming and far-reaching effect in young people's lives. More importantly, that these positive changes are sustainble and transferable between community members.

 

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