If you visit CAST’s Youth Development Programme in KwaDabeka, you will meet many young, aspiring men who have dreams of using their God-given talents. Rasta is one of those young men. Being on the basketball team has allowed Rasta to realize his dreams again of going back and finishing high school.

Two years ago, Rasta dropped out of tenth grade. He has five siblings, and his dad is a single parent because their mom passed. As a gardener, Rasta’s dad struggles to provide for the family.

Rasta’s motivation is to be a good influence for his family. His goal has been to work part-time while he finishes high school, and be able to graduate in the next two years by the time he turns 23.

During the past couple of weeks, Rasta has taken the first step in the direction of his dreams. Thanks to Cox Manufacturing, a local air-conditioning and ventilation component manufacturer, Rasta is now able to work part-time to support his family while also pursuing school.

Cox Manufacturing’s relationship with CAST’s Youth Development Programme first began when the company’s Managing Director, Mike Cox, volunteered at boys2Men Camp. Cox Manufacturing has become a major supporter of CAST’s Youth Development Programme, even employing a few of the young men in the programme.

After graduating high school, Rasta would like to use his God-given artistic talents and creativity to study graphic design. Thanks to Cox Manufacturing, Rasta is on his way to achieving his dreams.

CAST’s Youth Development Programme believes that every youth has God-given potential that should be nurtured. Because of supporters such as Cox Manufacturing, young people like Rasta are able to pursue their dreams.

If you are interested in impacting the life of a young person through CAST’s Youth Development programme, please consider sponsoring a young man to attend boys2Men Camp this year. One weekend away at camp can transform the life of a young person just like Rasta. Young men are able to take a break from life in the township to encounter God, while also learning from speakers, enjoying great food, and having a blast with activities and games. After attending camp, young men come back home ready to be a light in their own communities by giving back.

It only takes R350 to sponsor a young man to attend boys2Men camp. Boys are expected to raise some of their own funds, but every year, CAST’s Youth Development Programme helps with any additional costs they are unable to cover.

Another way you can get involved is through mentoring a Youth Development Programme participant such as Rasta.  By meeting only a couple times a month to give a listening ear and share some wisdom, you can make a huge difference in the life of a young person.

If either of these opportunities to impact youth interest you, please contact George Mwaura, CAST’s Youth Development Manager at george@cast.org.za or 0795967364.

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