Youth development is a key area to ensure South Africa’s socio-economic wellbeing; to this end the Fountain of Youth is helping underprivileged youth to prepare themselves to take the reins.Their motto is “Cultivating seeds of the future – they shall blossom to bear new seeds for the future.”Fountain of Youth, or foYU, aims to provide young people with skills necessary to shape their own futures and that of our countryBy designing and implementing projects and programmes that focus on youth skills development, entrepreneurship, career guidance, crime prevention and health awareness Fountain of Youth, or foYU, aims to provide young people with skills necessary to shape their own futures and that of our country.Matome Mahasha, founder and managing member of the Gauteng-based Fountain of Youth says: “Because I had the experience of using education as the key to my own success, I wanted to share this experience with other less fortunate kids so that they can know that there are Black South Africans who have been able to get ahead in life … because of striving for excellence and disciplining themselves to achieve well academically.”The organisation is volunteer-driven, recruiting and training people in Galeshewe township near Kimberley in the Northern Cape as wel as Soweto in Gauteng. It reaches out to ex-convicts and unemployed skilled craftsmen and women to participate in their arts and crafts job creation project.Fountain of Youth also looks to build awareness of issues such as human rights for youths with disabilities, environmental issues, water literacy and Ubuntu, an Nguni concept meaning humanity or kindness to fellow humans. This is a key value the organisation hopes to instil in the young people it mentors.YOUTH PROGRAMMES“Since the establishment of Fountain of Youth, the organisation has put together at least nine main programmes,” says Mahasha. “The first programme was kickstarted in June 2011 during the youth month in Galeshewe.”The Amandla Awethu young women development and empowerment programme empowers young women to improve their status in societyAmong the programmes is a Reunification of Homeless Children and Youth initiative, which looks at counselling homeless children and their reintegration into society, after-school support and support for affected families.The Youth Skills Development and Career Preparedness programme features career expos and career guidance activities, and skills development and training workshops to prepare young people for success.The crime prevention programme works at reducing youth involvement in crime by empowering them to generate their own income.The programme includes a Youth Against Crime forum, a youth community work initiative, and an ex-offenders’ reintegration programme featuring entrepreneurship training.Fountain of Youth’s entrepreneurship programme provides small business mentorship. The programme arms ambitious young people with business skills to kick start their own ventures.The Amandla Awethu young women development and empowerment programme empowers young women to improve their status in society. Initiatives like the Young Mothers Development and Empowerment are aimed at helping young mothers provide for and take proper care of their children and improve their living standards.YOUTH PROJECTSThe Vulnerable Children, Youth and Family Services project offers household assessments and empowers parents with skills to provide for their families.Other projects focus on sports, arts, and culture to persuade young people to live longer, healthier lives.Amandla Awethu Future Leaders & Achiever club was initiated by Fountain of Youth’s Youth Leadership project. It mentors promising youngsters for leadership positions, and to practise successful peer networking.Through their Local Economic Development Youth Support programme the organisation bridges the gap between employable youth and government departments and companies offering jobs.The organisation is volunteer-driven, recruiting and training people in Galeshewe township near Kimberley in the Northern Cape as wel as Soweto in Gauteng“The organisation has aligned a substantial number of its activities and works to those of all spheres of government and is committed to collaborating with civil society organisations from different sectors in order to promote sustainability, lifelong learning and the spirit of the civil society movement,” says Mahasha.He adds: “Although I have been involved in development work for over 10 years, being part of an organically embryonic organisation such as Fountain of Youth NPO has brought as much fulfilment to my life as all those we encounter.”FINDING FUNDING“Fountain of Youth NPO presently does not receive any donor funding although numerous solicited proposals were submitted with no immediate success,” says Mahasha.The organisation urges all donors or philanthropists to sponsor some of the children from Soweto who benefit from the work of the foundation.For details on how to donate or sponsor these children, you can visit the organisation’s support-us page on their website or call them on +27(0)74 107 4585.
Looking around the mobile industry, from Apple to Palm to HTC and Motorola – it’s clear that pinch-to-zoom technology has become a standard and popular way for users to interact with their mobile phones. Likewise, Android users can now truly benefit from this capability with the availability of Android 2.1, which powers a new class of devices with larger touchscreens and more interactive features. Unlike past devices, these phones have the processing power to deliver pinch-to-zoom, while still providing a great user experience. Based on these new capabilities and numerous requests from Android users, we decided to provide pinch-to-zoom capabilities with this new over-the-air software update for Nexus One devices. More Updates: Google Navigation, Google Goggles, Fix for 3G ConnectivityIn addition to the new multitouch functionality, this update will also bring significant new features to the Google Maps application. Starred items and search suggestions will now be synchronized with maps.google.com, for example. In addition, Google Navigation – Google’s turn-by-turn GPS app – will now get a night mode that automatically changes the colors on your screen at night to make the screen easier to read.Google will also now ship Google Goggles as a default application on the Nexus One. Google Goggles is a surprisingly useful tool that allows you to take pictures of landmarks to initiate a search, for example, or to scan business cards and automatically populate Google Contacts with this data.Early adopters of the Nexus One often complained about issues with 3G connectivity. According to Google, this new update should improve 3G connectivity on the phone. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Google#news#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… frederic lardinois When Google launched the Nexus One Android phone a few weeks ago, support for multitouch gestures like pinch-to-zoom was mysteriously missing from the phone’s feature set in the United States. Starting today, however, Google will begin to ship an over-the-air software update to all Nexus One phones in the U.S. that will enable multitouch pinch-and-zoom functionality in the browser, gallery and maps application. Until now, Nexus One owners had to resort to a hack to enable multitouch on their phones.Google plans to roll this update out slowly. All Nexus One owners should receive a notification about the availability of the update for their phone by the end of the week.Why Now?Oddly enough, Nexus One (and Motorola Droid) users outside of the U.S. have always been able to make use of these multitouch features by default. It’s not clear why Google decided to enable multitouch on the Nexus One now, but we have asked Google for a statement and will update this post once we hear from them.Update: We just heard back from a Google spokesperson. Here is Google’s official reasoning behind making this change now: A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting