Mamelani’s Youth Development programme looks to guide young people into adulthood become self-sufficient and develop their sense of self. (Image: Mamelani)Mamelani Projects, operating across Western Cape, is working to relieve the social pressures slowing the progress of the province’s poorer citizens. Through education programmes the organisation hopes to transform the lives of those they work with. They are making it easier for citizens to access medical care and help young people fulfil their potential.A lack of information can lead to poor health management, and bad decisions can lead to situations that could have been avoided had they been informed. Mamelani’s Community Health Programme aims to improve people’s understanding of health care, helping them make better decisions when it comes to improving and maintaining their health.The Youth Development programme builds skills, provides information and offers them help getting documents like passports and identity documents and drivers’ licences.YOUTH DEVELOPMENTMamelani’s youth development programme is aimed at children state care. The programme was developed to help them become self-sufficient and develop their sense of self outside of state care.The programme also helps them build healthy relationships and grow their resilience to help them on their journey to adulthood.Eighteen-year-olds who have been raised in youth care can find it difficult to make their own way in the world. The youthful participants are taught to live independent of the state and how to move on to being contributing members of society.The course builds skills, provides information and offers them help getting documents like passports and identity documents and drivers’ licences. To prepare them for the working world, participants are taught how to put together a CV and how best to enter the job market.The programme guides them through the process, offering help when needed but participants are expected to engage challenges and find solutions for themselves if they can.Through education programmes the organisation hopes to transform the lives of those they work with.GET INVOLVEDMamelani is always open to getting help from the public, local businesses and corporations in order to meet their operating costs and increase their reach.If you believe you can lend a hand, have a look at Mamelani’s get involved page on their website for details on how and where you can help.For more information you can also contact Mamelani on 021 448 2725 or via email on email@example.com.PLAY YOUR PARTPlay Your Part urges you to share your story. If you or anyone you know has gone out of their way to brighten up the day for someone else, we want to know.If you have a story to tell, be it your own or that of an organisation or initiative dear to you, submit your story or video to our website and tell us how South Africa is playing a part to build a better life for all.