About Second Chance Trust
Adolescence is a vital period that determines how a person will view and interact with the world as an adult. It is a period of transition which includes significant changes to the body, and to the way a young person relates to the world. The onslaught of physical, sexual, cognitive, social, and emotional changes can create situations and challenges that young people are not yet ready to deal with.
For many, wanting to fit in and be accepted serves as motivation to succumb to peer pressure, take risks and engage in deviant behaviour. Compared to other age groups, adolescents are more likely to commit crimes, experiment with alcohol and other drugs, deliberately hurt themselves and have unprotected sex.
Suicide rates among teens aged 10 – 14 have nearly doubled in the last 15 years and psychologists believe that this is largely due to external environmental factors – loneliness, social isolation, bullying, abuse, trauma, loss, conflict- that is very much a part of life for youngsters.
A huge contributor to risky behaviour among children and youth in South Africa is the growing availability, use and abuse of drugs and alcohol. Shockingly, the average age of drug experimentation is 12 and drug use is rife in both primary and high schools.
Established in 2012, Second Chance Trust facilitates impactful and relevant programs that unpack prominent social issues and provide young people with the necessary skills to develop healthy decision making processes.
The Trust works with youth from all social backgrounds but has a primary interest in low income communities where children are particularly vulnerable due to early and ongoing exposure to extreme poverty, violence, crime and abuse.
Second Chance Trust is a registered public benefit organisation with Section 18A Tax Exemption Status and Level 1 B-BEE accreditation. All financial contributions are tax deductible and allow donors to add points to their BEE scorecard.