Establishment of Youth Centres
Al-Ihsan endeavours to contribute to and provide youth centres for adolescents and children to use.Al-Ihsan intend on having these centres as central meeting points for the community and for a variety of programs. We also intend on having these centres as a means to provide a supportive environment that enhances the social, emotional and cultural development of young people and the wider community.The youth centres will accommodate for many services including educational classes, youth nights, playgroups and sporting facilities.They will also be of great use to those who are studying, as centres will consist of study areas and a variation of books and technology for the public to access.Different educational classes will be held for various ages, allowing the community to take advantage of gaining as much knowledge as they can about certain topics.
The Importance of establishing Youth Centres
There are many reason as to why establishing and supporting youth centres are so important, not only in Australia but around the entire world. We find many personal and social issues amongst the youth of today. Some of these issues include:
- Depression and suicide,
- The use of drugs and alcohol,
- Education disparity,
- Violence in schools,
- Crime and gang activity,
- Extremism, and,
- Obesity, etc.
Many youth are disengaging with the community, which affectively brings out many issues and factors, not only to the youth themselves but to the community as a whole. If programs and infrastructure are not provided and developed then we may have greater issues to deal with in the future.A main factor is due to family breakdown, this can include an absence of a parental figure. An example through the Australian Institute of Family Studies where it advises an “estimated 3.9% of Australian children will have experienced the divorce of their parents by the time they are five years old, 10.2 per cent by the time they are ten, and 16.5 per cent by the time they are sixteen.Studies show personal and social consequences of separation/divorce and the effect on children’s personality development. Absence of a parent by way of either separation, divorce or death can impact a child’s development can include their short or long term wellbeing.Further, the increased use of electronic devices (e.g. smart phones, tablets and computers) has brought on many issues which include:
- Rapid Brain growth
- Delayed Development
- Epidemic Obesity
- Sleep Deprivation
- Mental Illness
- Digital dementia
- Radiation emission
- Unsustainable etc.The benefits of establishing and supporting youth centres:
Health and Fitness
One of the most understandable benefits children will gain from Youth centres is the frequency of healthy exercise due to the style of programs that are frequently played. According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, the current leading cause of death in Australia is coronary heart disease which can be derived from obesity, diabetes and lack of exercise.In many instances, children are often not given the opportunity to participate in sport or recreational activities, the opportunity to “let off steam” and to get regular exercise is an important benefit and can lead certain youth to utilise this energy in negative or illegal activity.
Another benefit children acquire is the ability to work in a team, which prevents the following:
- Combats disengagement, and,
- Anti-social behaviourWhether in education, sport or an office based environment, this is an important life skill, which will remain with children throughout their life. This in return can also further the child’s development with leadership.
General Life Skills
Many youth groups offer other recreational training and activities based on life skills, arts and crafts. Whether it is through activities such as camps, excursions and incursions; they develop resourcefulness and attitude which youth may use in their everyday life. These may include:
- Map reading
- Problem solving
- Pitching tents
- The use of public transport
- Acting appropriately in emergencies etc.
A Sense of Identity
Many youth may be disadvantaged due to family conditions or a lack of opportunities. These centres are designed to help children who may be struggling through everyday life and make them feel a part of the wider community from the welcoming and general environment that these youth centres provide. A youth and community centre may become a place where some youth feel most comfortable and open up their feelings to the supportive mentors and peers they trust if the individual is:
- Struggling socially,
- Living in an abusive home,
- Disengaging themselves from the community,
- Peer pressure which can also lead them to violence, drug abuse and extremism.
What would youth Centres Provide?
Activities will be held regularly on a daily basis. Sporting activities will include:
- Table tennis,
- Self-defence, and,
- Strength and conditioning classes etc.These sporting activities will be grouped into different ages and gender.Non sporting activities include:
- Relaxation areas (with pool tables, TV and quiet areas)
- Before and after school drop-ins
- Mentoring and counselling
- Arts and crafts
- Special needs services
- Vacation care
- Intervention programs (Alcohol, drugs etc)
Contributing towards funding these centres is considered as Sadaqah Jariyah, meaning that the donor will continue to gain rewards as long as people are benefiting from it, even after the donors soul departs from this world.