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Youth ministry as an agency of youth development for the vulnerable youth of the Cape Flats

Garth Aziz
Verbum et Ecclesia | Vol 38, No 1 | a1745 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v38i1.1745 | © 2017 Garth Aziz | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 21 February 2017 | Published: 28 August 2017


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Abstract

Religiosity has a profound role and influence on youth development within a community. Religiosity promotes risk reduction and positive moral characteristics and thus remains an avenue of opportunity for transformation in considering the lived experiences of vulnerable young people living on the Cape Flats in the Western Cape, South Africa. The Cape Flats is an area that is overwhelmed with unemployment, poverty, gang violence, chemical substance abuse and a general societal abandonment of young people. It is out of dire hopelessness that a meaningful relationship with God can be experienced by youth. The Cape Flats is, therefore, a fertile space for an intervention of religiosity. This article will research how the agency of youth ministry as a positive youth development can assist in youth development within a community in tension like that of the Cape Flats. While youth development is a broad category for consideration and research, this article will primarily focus on identity formation of young people, in particular, the vulnerable youth living on the Cape Flats.

Intradisciplinary and/or interdisciplinary implications: The agency of youth ministry, in an evangelical epistemology, should seek to address the influencers on adolescent identity formation, as one’s identity has a direct bearing on faith formation. The potential outcome of the article would allow the youth ministry to take serious the impact of the lived realities of youth and adjust their programmatic designs and outcomes, in relation to youth faith formation.


Keywords

Youth; youth ministry; Cape Flats; Coloured; positive youth development; identity formation; religiosity

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