Many individuals envision a space that would make them feel recognised and heard. Quite often these kinds of spaces are within arm’s reach, however our youth do not know much about them let alone know the kind of support or initiatives that are provided. For the past few months, Ubuntu Hub has engaged with youth from various artistic and environmental backgrounds, offering a platform that initiates creativity and encouragement. The Hub assists youth around Johannesburg with amplifying their voices, their artistic gifts, and their environmental projects or ideas.
Personally, Ubuntu Hub has provided me with amazing opportunities and skills within the environmental and maker-space. These range from social media and climate justice workshops, strengthening my environmental passion towards protecting the environment, learning how to fuse my artistic talent with activism, as well as socializing with like-minded individuals and learning in-depth about the importance of diversity.
Growing up in a township, I have recognised that lack of environmental awareness is a huge issue that still prevails in parts of South Africa, and only a few have information about places like Ubuntu Hub. My journey has equipped me with the right knowledge thus far to educate and inspire other young individuals sharing similar values and passions towards creating a greener future.
The constant effort made by Ubuntu Hub to reach more youth across South Africa through Instagram and Facebook, has encouraged youth, including myself, to voice out their gifts to a broader audience. One of the aspects that I appreciate the most at the Hub is that regardless of the project, workshop or activity hosted; you ultimately always leave the space with a different viewpoint and at the end of the day your heart is inspired to do more for yourself and others.
The thing is, we all come from different backgrounds, and we constantly search for a place that enables us growth and sparks creativity. At the core of our search, we want to feel like we belong and feel a sense of appreciation towards our crafts. The fact that I found these qualities in a space like Ubuntu Hub, filled with enthusiasm and innovation, allows me the chance to express my talents and appreciate that everyone’s journey can be supported.
Story provided by Ubuntu Hub, Johannesburg, South Africa