South African Youth challenged to use their power to create positive change


As the 2017 cohort of South African matriculants are busy writing their final school exams, getting every closer to being the newest wave of young adults to head out into the world, they are being challenged by a popular social media campaign to show the country that they have the power to create change.



SACAP (The South African College of Applied Psychology), together with our very own Brent Lindeque continue their ‘You have the power to create change’ journey to show young South Africans that they have great value to offer the country.

For the next few months Brent and a group of young South Africans are embarking on road tripa to create change, popping in at a variety of charity and school programmes to lend a hand. They are visiting Cape Town, Johannesburg and Pretoria, creating change in big and small ways, challenging other young South Africans to actively get involved in their communities.

This month’s trip kicks off on a beautiful, sunny Johannesburg morning. Together with SACAP student Tintswalo Mashele, Brent visits the Park Care Centre to join a drumming circle with the elderly before taking cupcakes to celebrate the 10th birthday a learner at Philena Primary in Olivenhoutbosch. They end their day at the Fight With Insight boxing gym in downtown Jozi.


Park Care is a Care Facility based in Parktown, eminent for the specialized 24/7 Long-Term Rehabilitation and Step-Down 24/7 Nursing Care, in addition offering palliative and/or holistic support for mostly older, but also to the younger, sick fragile and frail persons – Persons who are dependent and reliant on professional 24/7 nursing care services within a caring serene residential setting that brings home closer to the frail community at the Centre advocating quality lifestyle for all

We rely on external support as half of the residential population are subsidised  of which a large number are state pensioners

Everyone of the 300 plus residents at Park Care enjoys peace of mind in an enclosed, secure complex, surrounded by leafy gardens, rich with birdsong and established trees. Like the colours of a rainbow, many ethnic, language and religious segments are represented in Park Care’s resident profile. There has been residents as young as 16, and as old as 102 years of age, currently the youngest in late twenties and oldest 101!


Earlier this year Samantha Griffiths started her passion project Sweet Definition, because she loves celebrating birthdays so much. She realised that many children in her local community didn’t get to celebrate their birthdays the same way, so she chose a school and had a teacher select one child each month who family couldn’t afford a birthday cake.

Then Samantha decided to reach out in her community to see if other people would want to bake a cake for a child’s birthday. Over 50 different people stepped forward to start baking cakes for children and the project has just grown since then. Anyone can get involved in creating joy in a learners live, just by spending some time baking a cake for their birthday.


For over a decade, Fight With Insight, a non-profit initiative registered with the Amateur International Boxing Association (AIBA), has been running a compelling programme in Johannesburg’s Inner City to help at-risk youth develop optimally. Fight with Insight was established with the vision of creating a safe place for the children of Johannesburg, using boxing to teach them life skills that assist them in taking responsibility for claiming their rights.

It is visited by an average of 500 children per year, 70 of whom attend sessions every week. Applying the theoretical concepts of life space intervention. The gym is in itself a therapeutic frame, which, through the promotion of fitness, good nutrition, hygiene, life skills, education and employability, not only addresses the health and psychosocial factors that contribute to the ongoing cycle of inequality, but also builds resistance within these children through the development of a positive peer culture and the cultivation of neighborhoods in the city, rather than the city being a transit point.

Join us on our Johannesburg “YOU have the power to create change” roadtrip.

In December we will be spending another day in Cape Town….. expect the Cat in the Hat, planting and harvesting vegetables and other surprises!

And if you are a matriculant who believes they have the power to create change and is interested in the field of psychology and counselling, SACAP offers a wide range of qualifications including (Higher Certificate, Diploma, BAppSocSci, Bpsych, BPsych Equivalent and BsocSci Honours) and a one-of-a-kind approach to learning: academic rigour and applied skills. Graduating confident “work ready” practitioners is key, which is why SACAP combines an academically rigorous curriculum with a strong emphasis on the ability to apply knowledge through the training of relevant skills.

Registration for 2018 term one, closes at the end of January 2018. For further information, visit:

Sources: SACAP
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