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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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