The desire to establish such an institution was fueled by a need to support development activities, eradication of extreme poverty, reduction of inequality, the promotion of economically, socially and environmentally sustainable development. In spite of successful poverty reduction in recent years, inequality has increased.
From its inception, UYC has always been a developmental driven initiative and believes that to unleash the poverty chain from underdeveloped communities, it is essential that effective programs are developed in rural areas so that young people have a reason to stay in their rural communities. This “reverse migration” concept will encourage people to stay in the rural areas and create or participate in programs designed to create self-sustaining communities while avoiding the urban vices of overpopulation, unemployment, disease and crime.
Empowerment of girls and women
To develop skills through education and training programmes.
Provision of economic development programmes
Educating people on key issues of policy, economics, gender, racial, justice, human rights, environment-conservation, democracy and good governance to empower them to become active citizens
To provide arts, culture and sports programmes
To provide drug abuse, cancer awareness, HIV / AIDS outreach programmes
‘’I would like to thank Upbeat Youth Centre on behalf of the community for the valuable and sustainable ideas in Information Technology that are helping to empower and develop the youth of Tweefontein, Mpumalanga. So I ask the community at large to help this organization so that it can further ahead the work they are doing and enhance knowledge to our youth.”
HON. N. J MAHLANGU
EXECUTIVE MAYOR OF THEMBISILE HANI LOCAL MUNICIPALITY
‘’ We would like to acknowledge and thank Upbeat Youth Centre for donating school uniform to the 5 learners; The school and S.G.B appreciate what Upbeat Youth Centre has done for these needy learners.’’
MR C.J MAHLANGU
PRINCIPAL OF BAMBANI PRIMARY SCHOOL
“I thank Upbeat Youth Centre for the work it is doing, it has help me to further my education instead of just sitting at home since I finished my metric. Now I am computer literate and able to participate in some of community services i.e. We gave school uniforms to unprivileged student. We managed also to take part in enhancing our culture by taking activities in days like; youth day and Mandela day.”