TO empower, equip and educate â€“ these are the pillars of a new youth organisation that was launched in Port Elizabeth this year to make a difference through community transformation.
The United Nations Leadership Academy of South Africa (UNLASA) is spearheaded by Henry Jacobs, who won police officer of the year in Paarl in 1997 for his efforts in combatting gang violence.
â€œI was in the SA Navy, the SA Army and a police officer before emigrating from SA to the USA in 2001. I started this organisation because the youth are important in our society and our future leaders,â€? Jacobs said.
The newly launched organisation is aimed at providing the youth with tools of social responsibility to secure their future.
â€œThis organisation aims at informing and making the youth part of important issues. We aim to establish UNLASA chapters in every high school across the country, by birthing it in PE and rolling it out to the rest of SA within 36 months,â€? Jacobs said.
In addition, the goal of the organisation is to teach the youth the skills of effective communication, deep-seated connection, persuasion and empowerment. â€œYoung people have always been left in the dark on issues that affect them directly like unemployment, politics, economic development and global issues.
â€œUNLASA is aimed at empowering our youth to take their place of authority and leadership.
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