The Joy Center was born out of a concern for youth empowerment to develop a future generation with cognitive, technical and technological skills, able to cope with the ever changing world. The center/ focus of every activity that will be held in the Joy Center is the mindset change. In its inception, the early ideas and sharing about the creation of the Joy Center, it was decided that the Joy Center facility is not for any other purpose than for the youth empowerment. This makes it a learning center where everyone will be welcomed. The vision for the Joy Center is to empower the young generation of Rwanda by providing them with specific skills that will coach them in their future performance, both physically and spiritually. Many different programs will be made available in the Joy Center that will also have to match with the national expectations that provide the quality skills our society needs most.
We believe that together we can achieve a lot more than any one single individual could on his/her own. This will be a specific program for the youth who will be trained about the role of working through cooperatives. The youth will be taught the basic skills involved in the formation of cooperatives, as well as how to maintain and grow these skills over time.
When the students are on school holidays, we believe it is good to gather them together in order to coach them and teach them in a fun and informal way. They will be placed in different groups according to their ages. Within the youth camps, they will be given opportunities to learn more about life. They will also be able to interact and exchange ideas with other youth in order to shape their bright futures together. Games and crafts will additionally be provided in the organization of these youth camps.
One way to eradicate poverty within the youth is to train them on how they can create their own income-generating activities. This will be done based on the principle of no capital injection, which means that the program is not designed to give them money but to teach them to discover their own ability and potential to be used for their financial development.
Today, the world is driven by technology. For that reason, our young people should have the basic skills to know how to use a computer in their everyday activities. This will be also an opportunity for them to have access to other technological tools. This will be a class to teach, not only the youth but also the local population, about basic computer skills and programs.
There is a huge need for professional skills that you realize in the area of Gahanga where Good News has its youth center (Joy Center). There is no Vocational training center in the area which can train the youth. Some of the training classes have already started. Our goal is to set up an excellent Vocational Training Center of high standard by the end of the year 2021. The following are options that we will have in our VTC.
What if someone can do many things, but/cannot communicate? Communication is the basic element of everything we do. Here, we consider language as the center of every business. Nowadays in Rwanda, and even all over the world, English is crucial to understand and know in order to have success in life. This class will aim to provide our youth with Basic English skills for both oral and written communication.