VISION & MISSION Fight with Insight was established in the city with the vision of creating a safe place for the children of Johannesburg, using boxing to teach them life skills that assist them in taking responsibility for claiming their rights. We aim to provide a holistic environment to mitigate negative influences, and allow children to realize their potential in the future. We achieve this through providing a safe space, with trusted adults, within a community of care that is accessible without the need for adults to facilitate access to the services. It is one of the few programmes that focuses on the boy child, without excluding the girl child. It intends to reclaim manhood and ... read more VISION & MISSION Fight with Insight was established in the city with the vision of creating a safe place for the children of Johannesburg, using boxing to teach them life skills that assist them in taking responsibility for claiming their rights. We aim to provide a holistic environment to mitigate negative influences, and allow children to realize their potential in the future. We achieve this through providing a safe space, with trusted adults, within a community of care that is accessible without the need for adults to facilitate access to the services. It is one of the few programmes that focuses on the boy child, without excluding the girl child. It intends to reclaim manhood and exit good men into the world. We are fighting for a society in which men are responsible and take responsibility for not harming themselves and others, positively impacting on breaking the cycle of violence. Fight with Insight is an "open access" social impact programme - meaning open to all children who would like to participate. In order to support their participation, our program ascribes to the International Classification of Functioning, which is based on the premise that participation in society should be encouraged regardless of ability, because participation is believed to promote functioning. Through the creation of inclusive boxing sessions for children with autism and psychiatric disorders, we are increasing the extent to which Fight with Insight is truly "open access", and facilitating all children's capacity to participate in a mental health promotion programme, which recognizes their ability for agency, regardless of whether they are suffering from a mental health crisis, or not. In this context, children do not need to be defined by the label that brought them to care. Fight with Insight is predominantly designed for school-aged children, however, we have a number of young people graduating through the programme, who we assist with further education and employment opportunities. In addition, we provide training to practitioners in the child protection and sport for development sectors. FWI operates on the assumption that it is necessary to provide a holistic Service to mitigate against environments which have adverse effects on children's development and offer limited opportunities. Our theoretical underpinning for how to work with children in these environments, is based on the ACE's Scores (Adverse Childhood Experiences). Our strategy is to no longer look for resilience in children, but rather offer an environment that fosters resistance to adversity, by providing accessible and effective services - The Five F's for Child Protection and Development: Fitness, Food, Feelings, Friends & Fun. FITNESS We have a competitive amateur boxing programme, with 60 graded boxers that participated in regional, provincial, National and pan-African tournaments in 2019. We have a Fit Club for those who want to participate but not compete. This includes boxing and Boxerobics, which is supplemented by Yoga and Mindfulness 3 times per week. We offer this through the following programmes: 1. Beginner Box aerobics - 3 afternoon classes per week. 2. Saturday Boot Camp - 3 hour training session open to anyone who would like to join in. 3. Boxing 4 Autism - 10 morning classes a week for children from the Johannesburg Hospital School. 4. Boxing 4 Mental Health - 2 inpatient classes for the Child and Adolescent ward at Tara Psychiatric Hospital. 5. Boxing for CP and Sexuality - Section 9 referrals of children with Cerebral Palsy who are acting out sexually. 6. Discipline with Dignity - Greenside High's Friday Detention was replaced with a boxing. 7. Wheelchair boxing. FOOD All children are provided with a nutrient rich meal after every training session. The Hillbrow gym has an industrial kitchen, used for training that takes place on Tuesdays, and one-pot cooking that feeds 100 children on a Saturday after the boot camp. We enrolled a matriculant in cooking school and he has recently been appointed as our Head Chef. FEELINGS This programme is run by psychosocial support students from the South African College of Applied Psychology (SACAP) as well as Educational Psychology Interns and Social Work Students. Bi-weekly life skills sessions, as well as individual containment, trauma, bereavement and counselling are provided. FRIENDS & FAMILY Our gyms in Hillbrow and Suburbs have become a Community of Care and sanctuary, with good male role models, gender programmes for girls and the Eye on the Child, by present and caring adults. FUN Play is the occupation of childhood and our gyms have strived to provide a space that is a testing ground for life and Future, which is safe, observed and processed by a present thoughtful adult.
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