HOPE WARRIORS – YOUTH LEADERS TAKING CHARGE
ART & SKILLS DEVELOPMENT
PACT has recently bought into a new concept – Hustling! This program focuses on emerging hustlers and a model has been developed in partnership with Harambee. In order to encourage entrepreneurship and ‘thinking on your feet’, the Hustling program builds on existing initiatives started by young people at PACT – including: DJ’ing, wedding photography, video production, styling, make-up, catering and event production.
TuisKombuis is the heart “hartjie” of the centre. It’s the first thing you see and smell when you enter the front gate. Before daily tasks start, TuisKombuis is the first stop for staff and children!
PACT’s Tuiskombuis offers a variety of services:
- Nutrition officers make nutritious meals every day for approximately 120 children.
- Every morning PACT’s Tuiskombuis prepares delicious “pasteis de nata” to sell through
the Hope Warrior Coffee Bar. Recently they have started making lekker lemon cake.
- Tuiskombuis also sells roosterbrood and stew at the Saturday market in Prince Albert.
- Tuiskombuis offers catering for workshops and events such as AGMs, Board meetings and conferences held at the centre and in and around town.
- TuisKombuis also offers cooking and baking lessons and hygiene training.
Like every kitchen, Tuiskombuis keeps the heart pumping, the blood flowing and a smile on
your face after every meal – it feels like HOME.
Partners who are willing to teach our kitchen various cooking and baking techniques – we would love to learn how to make pasta, souffles, jam, bread, croissants, bagels and more!
CRAFT AND DESIGN
Building an appreciation of traditional crafts – weaving, beading, sewing, patchwork – this program pairs an experienced artisan with children and young people interested in learning new techniques and upskilling themselves.
PACT Designers: During the July 2022 Holiday program, 28 registered children designed their own outfits and participated in the PACT Designers Modelling Event.
Artisans willing to teach various crafts and / or supply appropriate materials.
ALL HANDS ON DECK INTERNSHIP
This is a year-long internship operating from the PACT centre and is designed for school leavers who would like to deepen their skillset and gain experience before entering the working world. The program offers a tailored approach focusing on each individual’s interests and aptitude to ensure that they are equipped and empowered for the next phase of life. All interns receive training, have access to PACT programs and are plugged into our educational partnerships and apprenticeships.
FILMS ON PHONES
Film on Phones is an intensive week long workshop focusing on the art of storytelling, filming and editing on smartphones as well as presenting the final product to an audience. This workshop enhances the work of KnipOog as well as budding story tellers and film makers in the Prince Albert community.
Smartphones, funds for editing programs, lighting equipment.
PACT has an ongoing partnership with Frazer Barry to host workshops with #us4us artists. This year’s workshop gave rise to a new original production: “Stemme Vannie Straat”. This production is authentically rooted in North End culture and tells the story of its streets.
We are currently exploring setting up a community youth radio station that will be housed in the newly built music wing of the PACT centre.
Speel en Leer children and young people receive lessons in guitar, keyboard and drums.
Guitars, hand drums, keyboards, percussion instruments.
Through a donation received from the Maluti/Groenvlei trust, PACT will be able to build its long-awaited music wing at the centre. This has been made a reality through the help of Ben Oosthuizen from St John’s school Johannesburg, and building design from the late architect Peter Hoffe.
The wing will include three soundproof booths, an open area to be used for small shows and a professionally equipped recording studio geared for local artists and musicians. The music wing will also be connected to the Hope Warriors’ coffee bar. The Art Facilitators based at the centre will offer music lessons to registered children and youth in this space.
ARTISTS IN SCHOOLS PROGRAMME
This is a National Arts and DCAS initiative in partnership with ASSITEJ and PACT. The program started in June 2021 when 5 art facilitation trainees were appointed to teach dance and music at the Prince Albert primary school. Training received from ASSITEJ focuses on the current DOE art curriculum on how to assist art teachers in public schools.
Art facilitators receive a task fortnightly and are required to implement the teaching within the school context.
These tasks focus on personal development, art administration, project management, and art project execution. PACT is excited to see this program grow, and extend to Leeu Gamka primary school.
BROAD BASED SKILLS TRAINING
All staff and interns receive training in the following areas:
- Petty Cash
- Events Management
- Basic Administration
- Agenda and Minute Writing
- Working with children
- Project Management
- Monitoring and Evaluation
- Costing and Budgets
- Inventory and Asset Management
- PACT culture, values and vision – Compliance
- Work Ethic
- Work Readiness – Leadership
- HR Management – Teamwork
- Communication skills, listening, verbal and written
- Basic business hustling skills
- Conflict Management
In partnership with Harambee and the Department of Labour, PACT is investigating the possibilities of job creation and upskilling opportunities for young unemployed youth in the Central Karoo with the aim of reducing the number of unemployed young people in our district.
PACT has established a “Community of Practice” consisting of experts, local community members and artists who serve as champions; working with other existing sponsors to help make the youth development objectives a reality. PACT has already mobilised several experts as mentors to support youth on their learning journey. Along with the Community of Practice Group these young people receive training to build skills and learn the art of hustling to create income-earning opportunities.
- 37 unemployed youth registered on SA MOBI PLATFORM
- PACT have access to a database of 700 unemployed youth in Prince Albert
- PACT have access to a growing database of possible employers in the Central Karoo region
PACT acquired a newly branded Piaggio Tuk Tuk in January 2022 that is used to deliver coffee orders from the Hope warrior coffee bar at the Centre, and hopefully in the near future will transport tourists wanting to visit the Hope Warriors. All Hope Warriors have the gratis opportunity to complete their Tuk Tuk driver’s license. Presently three staff have their learner licenses.
We believe that the Tuk Tuk is a great marketing tool to highlight the work of the Hope Warriors in the wider Prince Albert community and for visitors from out of town.
First-aid training by the local ambulance services at the PACT centre empowers the local community in Prince Albert to respond to medical emergencies quickly.
Registered children have the chance to attend Capoeira classes conducted by Kyle Georgiou, a volunteer at the centre. Capoeira is a traditional Brazilian martial art involving drumming, singing, fighting, and dancing. The aim is to create an outlet for energy and to teach young people safe self-defense techniques.
BALLET & HIP-HOP
All children can attend ballet workshops on designated weekends, conducted by Robin van Wyk and Johnny Bovang, both ballet maestros from Cape Town. Robin and Johnny also teach hip-hop on their visits to Prince Albert. Fusion as a dance form is also taught weekly by youth facilitators at the center to registered PACT children.
THE RIEL DANCE GROUP
The Prince Albert Vastrappers, under the leadership of Andy and Sara Van Rooi, continue to go from strength to strength.