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Interning in Cape Town: Travel Blog

Being an intern at Pascap Trust is not only about gaining an incredible experience of working in both an office and school environment, but also about utilising your time in the beautiful city of Cape Town. Working for Pascap has been a truly eye-opening and worthwhile experience, from planning leadership sessions to playing ‘I love you but I can’t smile’ with the learners. It

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A Hero’s Journey: Don Pinnock On Creating A Story The Youth Can Believe In

“Every teenager, at some point, needs to be their own hero and be well regarded by their peers,” writes Don Pinnock in Gang Town. Although getting recognition from elders is important, teenagers also require the respect of their peers—some don’t even get that. Sadly, on the streets, violence can give you credibility, so if we don’t show these young hearts and minds that there

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My Internship Experience at PASCAP

Unlike the education system in Hong Kong and England, where many students focus solely on achieving well in their exams, my internship with PASCAP Trust has enabled me to realise how education carries a whole new significance in South Africa. Here, education provides the youth with the opportunity to fend for themselves, to understand their rights and worth and to provide them with a

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[Big History] The Greatest Story Ever Told—So Far

To inspire a generation to greatness in the twenty-first century will necessarily involve empowering them with the best stories and thinking tools around. “If I have seen further,” Isaac Newton made famous, “it is by standing on the shoulders of giants,” and South Africa’s young hearts and minds deserve to be passionately engaged with what is arguably the greatest story ever told—more importantly, and

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Knowledge and the Bamboozlers

If you were given two pills—a red pill that will allow you to gain all known knowledge about reality, and a blue pill, where dreams and fantasies are all that exist, a false reality—which one would you choose? To know, or not to know? The reality is that modern [wo]man chooses the illusion. The majority of our species do not strive for discovery in knowledge,

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Don Pinnock On How to Build Trust With High-Risk Youth

Building trust with another human being is challenging under the best of circumstances, but it’s especially difficult when high-risk youths are involved. The stakes are indeed high, and unfortunately many young souls in this country have few places to turn to for support, love and understanding. “[M]any young people have parents who are inadequate role models or who are simply ‘not there’ for their

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Onwards and Upwards with Madiba

2016 has been an incredible year in many respects: there have been promising peaks and plenty of depressing valleys, heartwarming highs and challenging lows, but after everything the year has thrown at us we can all still say this: we are still here! And, more importantly, we are still here together. No matter what 2017 may bring, no matter what victories or hardships lie just beyond

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[Guest Blog] Creating the best memories

  I was recently asked what has been my best memory of my adult life in Jo’burg that I had created without including family and friends, and just as I was  excitedly ready to give my response I froze. The words escaped me and my mind slowly shut down into a blank space of eternal darkness. It felt like I was in a “mannequin

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[PRESS RELEASE] FINE ARTS AND DANCE PROGRAMME

PASCAP Trust received support from the National Lotteries Commission to deliver our Fine Arts and Dance Programme to two communities in the Eastern Cape; namely, Nompumelelo and Cradock. The programme was developed to provide intensive skills development to talented youth from rural and township communities. There is a need for more art programmes in South Africa, especially in under-resourced communities where extramural activities are

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Don Pinnock on How to Talk to High-Risk Adolescents

In the appendix of Don Pinnock’s 2016 book, Cape Gang Town, there is a valuable toolbox specifically for parents, teachers and community workers who work with high-risk youths. It has ten sections (“How to talk to adolescents”, “Don’t demand compliance”, “How to build trust”, “Creating safe space”, “The hero’s journey”, “Using fear and ritual”, “Taking time out”, “Make ground rules”, “Giving feedback”, and “A programme is

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[PRESS RELEASE] DRAW FOR LIFE

PASCAP Trust had the pleasure of collaborating with Animation SA in delivering an intensive professionalised drawing course to the youth from under-resourced communities. Eight talented young people were chosen to participate in the first of its kind ‘Draw for Life’ course. The course was open to learners in Grade 11 and 12 from Tafelsig High School and Aloe High School, and to apply they

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Building a Better Vocabulary: A Personal Horror Story with a Chunky Takeaway

One of the most vivid and traumatic memories from my primary school days came after a routine spelling test in Grade 3. Each week we had to learn the spelling of around twenty words which the teacher would then read out the following week for us to spell. On this particular week’s spelling test, I got absolutely none of them correct. A big fat zero. After

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Who will you feed: the Wolf of Love, or the Wolf of Hate?

Can Buddha’s brain give us any insight to help empower South Africa’s youth? In Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love & Wisdom (2014), Dr. Rick Hanson explores the contemplative practices of Buddhism through the lens of modern psychology and neuroscience to answer two questions: “What brain states underlie the mental states of happiness, love, and wisdom?” and “How can you use your mind to

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Ways of Nature

The first day of spring happened not so long ago, and even though the sun did not show its face, I hope this poem will be able to brighten your day… Upon a nice mid-spring day Let’s take a look at Nature’s way Breathe the scent of nice fresh air Feel the breeze within your hair The grass will poke you between your toes Smell the

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The Mighty

It has been said that children are fragile and many adults are under the impression that children are even weak. The word “weak” can be defined as follows: lacking power or strength, feeble. Through years of experience and contact with children, I have learned that they are exactly the opposite; some of the strongest beings I have ever come into contact with are children:

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Love Letters for Literacy

“The Cave You Fear to Enter Holds the Treasure You Seek” — Joseph Campbell I was a late lover of reading. I grew up with access to books, reading parents and siblings, but I never really cultivated a passion for books until much later on. But the great thing about reading is it’s never ever too late to fall in love! It’s a disturbing fact,

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