Focusing on LGBTI Youth in Hammanskraal

Name: Happy Phaleng

Province: Hammanskraal, Gauteng

Happy describes himself as an active citizen of high note and a June 2016 Lead SA hero.

Why did you decide to be part of the ACTIVATE! Network?

I simply wanted to drive change in a collective effort with fellow young leaders of South Africa.

What did you enjoy the most about training?

Youth making local government work

How has training helped you or changed your perspective?

It has actually made me aware that somebody somewhere is doing something, therefore I should be bright in my own corner and together we can achieve a lot.

What do you think the role of the youth is in developing the country?

It’s a very critical role, youth participation is important across all sectors

What is your field of interest?

My field of interest is community development, human rights and human sexuality.

How are you driving change in your community?

I am currently running a social safe space for LGBTI Youth in hammanskraal which is focused on empowering and informing the LGBTI youth on Human Rights and opportunities for jobs and educational development.

Now that you have completed training, how do you plan to keep active in the network?

I will be working and collaborating with most if not all activators in Gauteng and nation wide

What are your plans for next year?

Next year I will be having or expanding social safe spaces to other communities in Gauteng

How will you be involving the network in your plans?

I will need them or challenge them to help at least 3 LGBTI youth in their community

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