Gauteng Youth Crime Prevention Desk

Location: Johannesburg
Combat sport: Boxing & Martial Arts
Focus areas: Youth leadership, crime prevention, violence reduction
Joined the FFP Alumni: August 2013
Contact: Abigail Mfopa

The Gauteng Department of Community Safety, in conjunction with the South African Police Service has established Youth Crime Prevention Desks, located at various police stations. These youth desks empower young people to participate in crime reduction strategies and community development initiatives – they also seek to improve and deepen public participation in decision making at a community and policy level.

There are currently 95 Youth Crime Prevention Desks across the Gauteng Province where active youth members assist in identifying youth safety challenges and develop and implement relevant social crime prevention projects to address these issues. These young people all trained on an accredited crime prevention training program and continually receive capacity building support.

FFP will work with a team from the central office to design a boxing and martial arts based programme which will then be piloted in one or more of the prevention desks in Johannesburg. The intention is to implement these programmes through local city recreation centres and use existing YCPD volunteers to mobilise coaches, engage with young people in the community, provide youth mentoring and ultimately oversee the roll out of B&MA projects.

Working with the South African Police Force, it is Abigail’s goal to have a B&MA project delivered out of each of Gauteng’s YCPDs that will serve to engage with the hardest to reach young people in the most challenging areas of the city – adding to and improving the crime reduction strategies led by the young people of South Africa.