Young people, especially those coming from disadvantaged communities, already face tremendous challenges and disparities, in terms of poverty, unemployment, opportunities for further education and training, and disrupted family situations. These growing pressures and stress factors, compounded by the socio-economic impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic, are having significant negative consequences for the mental and emotional well-being of young people, with added anxieties, fear and loss of hope. This may manifest in more risky behaviour, including alcohol and substance misuse, or involvement in violence and crime. Within this context, promoting the resilience of young people, to be able to cope with their situations, the daily pressures and stresses they have to deal with, and forge a positive direction for their lives, and envision a positive stake in the country's future, is more critical than ever. It is against this backdrop that the National Youth Resilience Initiative (NYRI) was conceptualized with the aim of strengthening the psychosocial well-being and resilience of youth in South Africa.
In alignment with this year’s youth month theme ‘Promoting sustainable livelihoods and resilience of young people for a better tomorrow’ and the NYRI will be hosting a webinar together with youth development experts from the sector on the importance of strengthening the psychosocial wellbeing and resilience of young people within the south African context looking closely at how the sector can support. There is a growing importance in shedding light on the importance of strengthening the resilience of young people whilst drawing on sector contributions and expertise.