MOT Founder, Atle Vårvik shared a profound article a few weeks ago, which illustrated why we should make youth more robust:
Mikael Ali was part of the criminal gang Young Guns for several years. This was one of Oslo’s biggest and most infamous gangs. Today he is engaged in preventative work. Mikael says that the first thing you have to do is to notice who is drawn towards those groups. It’s young people searching for acknowledgement and belonging.
As a gang leader Mikael Ali was recruiting youth himself. You are very cynical upon doing this. You look for those who are vulnerable, need somewhere to belong and are searching for an identity. They are invited into the group to be taken advantage of and nobody tells them that there is a hell waiting for them. We are saying “come join us, we have a brotherhood.” In the beginning we spend money on them so they feel valued.
This is just one of the reasons why we do what we do.
From 11 – 13 May 2018, 55 students from Western Cape and PE TVET colleges were pulled out of their comfort zone and immersed into a culture of respect, love and belonging. Our Young MOTivators are now equipped with the leadership skills, practical tools and knowledge to make a valuable and lasting positive change in their college and community. We look forward to seeing their courage community projects come to life.
MySchool MyPlanet MyVillage played a pivotal role in the MOT leadership camp with their generous donation of R50 000! We could not have done this without their valuable contribution and belief in MOT. With shared vision and values, both organisations believe in the youth’s energy and potential to lead the change that is needed for our society to overcome its social challenges.
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The MOT Camp was simply…AWESOME, AMAZING AND INSPIRING! We look forward to the Young MOTivators’ Inspiration Event in October where our newly trained youth leaders will present their community projects to the MOT SA office, MOT coaches, principals and fellow peers.