In Alexandra (Alex) township in Johannesburg, youth grow up in an environment where poverty, unemployment and crime are the norm. Being one of the poorest areas in Johannesburg, where space is a luxury, over 50% of residents are unemployed. It’s understandable that young people in Alex struggle to imagine a better life. As a result of the environment, many young minds are rooted in negativity, fear, and frustration.
Since 2011, Yoga4Alex provides free yoga programmes in the high schools of Alex that enact tremendous physical, mental, and emotional benefits for Alex’s youth. The Yoga4Alex learnership programme creates opportunities for recently matriculated youth to gain life skills and give back to their community by teaching Foundation Phase students to read in English and organising English reading and homework clubs for Grade 8 learners.
Yoga4Alex mentors the young adults who have participated in the yoga and learnership programmes and assists them in finding work and continuing with tertiary studies.
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