Adults and Youth Come Together for Youth Alive Training and Conference

On August 26-31 the Southern Africa Indian Ocean Division held a Youth Alive Training and Conference in Maun, Botswana. Union leaders for youth, health, and family Ministries from various Countries joined youth leaders for the facilitator’s training. Once equipped, facilitators led out in the Youth Alive Conference small groups that followed. GC and Division Health, youth and family specialists presented topics on physical, mental, spiritual health, and youth leadership focusing on how to build resilience among teens against at-risk behaviors. Teen participants learned how to best establish healthy relationships without abuse; the risk of addictions such as substances, technology, and pornography; and the psychological, physiological, and spiritual symptoms that result from at-risk behaviors. Small groups, called “Friendship Groups,” were formed were youth and adults mentors discussed youth relevant topics, played games, worshipped together, served the community, and also listened and prayed for each other’s struggles. “This is the best program for our youth,” said pastor Gresham Mlilo, Union Youth Director from Zimbabwe. “Our young people are going through traumatic experiences and addictions. They need this Youth Alive program.” ADRA Africa sent several country leaders to facilitate the Youth Alive program in communities throughout African countries and communities.