The Youth Power Group (YPG) is a group of young adults who focus on sharing practical guidance through mentorship, teaching life skills and tutoring to empower youth from all walks of life.
Youth Corner spoke to Namibian coordinator and life coach Shawn Shilongo, who said the YPG is part of the youth ministry of the Universal Church. Their teachings are based on Christian principles and they always aim to spread the life that the gospel brings to their neighbours.
Shilongo explained that this guidance is combined with fun activities and mentorship, adding new participants are able to see the change in others who have gone through similar situations – just as they have experienced.
“Throughout the month, members of the YPG go to different places to bring a positive message to those who hear negative words every day. The YPG go out with the motivation to help those who are suffering,” he explained.
Shilongo said the main aim of this organisation is to help young people who face internal and/or external challenges in their lives, and to form visionaries of young people who make decisions that are effective and beneficial – not only to them but to their communities as well.
“We have a variety of activities and projects within the YPG, such as sports, arts and culture, Youth Number 1 (which focuses on tutoring and aiding students’ academic progress), Uniforce (the social work of the YPG), and Media project (which focuses on getting out the message and work of the YPG, especially via social networks.”
Asked why they focus on the youth, he said they are the future, adding: “Not only is that a fact, but it is our responsibility. If the youth are not empowered, mentored and educated, then our future will not be very bright.”