“We, the Youth at the 1st African Youth Forum which took place on Robben Island from 15-19 September 2018, from South Africa, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Mauritius, Malawi and Namibia, as a united voice, have noticed social problems and economic difficulties in our communities which include, substance abuse, gangsterism, teenage pregnancy, mortality, social inequalities, and violence.
In the spirit of the Olympic Values of Respect, Friendship, Excellence, Balance of Body, Will and Mind and Fair Play – we declare to create a platform that uplifts youth, and that carries the voice of the youth in Africa for Sport, Development and Peace so that we have a space to be heard, a space to share opportunities, and a space to mentor each other for a brighter future, for all.”
WHAT DO WE DO ?
We provide specialist programming services and a space for youth to gain experience and have a voice through youth mentoring and training services in Sport, Development, and Peace. We use a variety of approaches which include the use of sport as a vehicle to deliver the necessary life-skills, career development skills, and soft-skills required for youth success. We also welcome collaborations, sport and recreation event management, and project organization.
- To understand, advocate and promote sport and Universal and Olympic values as tools for development, social change, and peace among youth and young adults, at the community level and at society at large;
- To create and strengthen networks and develop partnerships to improve cooperation, capacity building, and implementation;
- To facilitate the transfer of related knowledge, skills, and resources in youth development, career development, sports skills development, and other relevant fields;
- To facilitate public and institutional awareness, personal development, education, and training in support of sport as a tool for development, social change, and peace and of Universal and Olympic values.
- We always encouraging inclusive participation and celebrating diversity across cultures, race groups, sexual orientation, age, gender identity and creed
- We utilize a multi-disciplinarity in conjunction with tools and approaches of Sport, Development and Peace;
- We are for of the community and for the community, reaching out to Youth in both local and global areas through SDP programming, and other online media tools for increased exposure (social media, online conferences and discussions)
- We are accountable, transparent, inclusive and participatory in our decision-making practices;
- We adopt a human-centered approach in SDP research, teaching, training, and outreach;
- We uphold the Universal and Olympic values of friendship, joy of effort, fair play, respect, excellence and balance of body, spirit, will and mind as well as interdependence, sharing, love, tolerance, equality amongst others.
YNSDP Executive Committee
Youth Sport Leaders
Year I joined the Foundation SDP: 2014
My best memory: My favourite memory was on Robben Island in 2018, when we had the opportunity to lead the 1st African Youth Forum on a journey including sport, art and heritage. From this experience, the Youth Network for Sport, Development and Peace was borne and this was made possible through teamwork and collaboration of community leaders and practitioners.
My message: Onwards and upwards. Never give up because perseverance is the key to success.
Year I joined the Foundation SDP: 2015
My best memory:Being a founder of the Youth Network for Sport, Development and Peace on Robben Island, during the 1st African Youth Forum in 2018. Having the opportunity to contribute to the development of youth and being a ChangeMaker through sport and development is absolutely fulfilling!
My message:“Shine your Rae” – let your light of originality brighten the way for people to do the same. Be who you are, unapologetically.
Year I joined the Foundation SDP: 2018
My best memory: When I finished editing the video at the Youth Network Headquarters and seeing the reaction of the Youth Leaders, especially considering that we had just wrapped up the conference and the 1st African Youth Forum on Robben Island.
My message: Dont be afraid of the struggles and challenges that you come across while working towards your goals, as it only makes that end goal that much. more rewarding.
Year I joined the Foundation SDP: 2017
My best memory: My favourite memory was being a youth facilitator at the 1st African Youth Forum of the International Pierre de Coubertin Committee (CIPC), which took place at Robben Island. During this time, we were fortunate enough to lead 60 youth from 6 different African countries. From this, the Youth Network for Sport Development and Peace was established.
My message: Everything happens for a reason. Be true to yourself and always strive to do your best.