We recognize that young people have the capacity, the energy and the right to take responsibility and experience decision making in the life issues that affect them. Often times, the standards set by an adult controlled society causes youth to become confused, have less sense of self-worth and this creates a need to belong and become recognised. Often anger, frustration and unhappiness results in acting out which leads to the youth engaging in risky behaviour. The GAP program is specifically designed to provide youth (both in and out of school) unique opportunities to foster, develop and enhance leadership abilities in young people.

The youth are given chance to refine and build upon their leadership skills, gain new knowledge, develop new attitudes, and gain experiential practice in their role as leaders. This way the youth leaders are equipped with skills to exert a powerful influence in the communities by giving them a voice and a platform in the policy development of issues that directly affect their wellbeing in society.The young leaders advocate to have their views considered or their interests represented at any level of the decision making process in the communities they live in.

 

Objectives of the project:

  • To  provide opportunities for youth with leadership potential to develop, refine, and practice leadership and social action skills in order to become catalysts for change;
  • To  enable youth to use their power to influence and create positive change by exercising leadership in their environment through formal and informal interventions
  • To create future societal leaders
  • To provide a forum where young people feel safe to learn about and discuss important issues
  • To provide youth with opportunities to develop awareness and understanding of community issues, problems, and resources;
  • To use positive peer influence to promote advocate for a healthy, supportive, and respectful environment
  • To increase young people’s self-esteem, as well as critical thinking and problem-solving abilities through opportunities for real-life application in the school and community
  • To provide opportunities for the development of youth-led programs to educate peers about relevant issues that impact both the community and the school climate.
  • To educate and train young people to assert their rights as independent people.