Out of a place riddled with crime, violence, substance abuse, unemployment and poverty due to many years of apartheid oppression and discrimination emerged a young man, Glen Steyn, who single handed initiated innovative approaches to the complex problems facing his community of Westbury.
In the year of 1995, Conquest for Life was born. Over the past 12 years, Conquest for Life has made a difference not only in Westbury but also in the other disadvantaged communities, of Soweto, Ennerdale, Orange Farm and now Reiger Park.
Although the young people of these varied communities represent different cultures, the disparities are prevalent cross-culturally. The lack of supportive role models has led to relationship problems. The youth have to cope with life coming from dysfunctional homes and families.
Many of the young people have difficulty adjusting to school and drop out before matric. As a result they lack the life skills needed to adjust to structured environments and to develop positive relationships.
Conquest For Life empowers the youth through the following programmes:
Youth Enrichment Programme (YEP) Safe after care environments for children aged 5-14yrs; holiday camps; Just for kids (JFK) Life orientation courses run in the local schools. Youth At Risk (YAR) Three week camps where the participants are offered mentorship programmes, diversion projects and activities that help them focus on goals that they are motivated to meet. Men for life: Creating a better environment by working alongside young men giving support where needed. Young Mothers Project (YMP) Empowers and supports young women and their families Computer Training Centre: Certificated course in Computer literacy. Reathusana Child Youth Justice Project: Targeting under 18 awaiting trial young offenders with the aim of rehabilitating the Incarcerated. Siyasizana Project Focusing on the arts and culture for all the youth and children in the communities My Father’s House: Instilling a sense of responsibility in the young men by enriching their lives through education and self empowerment. These young men run a home for HIV/AIDS orphans and vulnerable children. Exchange Programme (see volunteers)
Conquest for Life’s target group includes the unemployed, out of school youth, youth in conflict with the law, parents, and mentors who are caring people in the community.
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