GBT Blog

Legal corner: Mental Health Crisis Faced by Youth in South Africa

  South African youth continue to face many challenges that impact their mental health. Although policy guidelines are in place, not a lot of emphasis and […]

A Path to Food Security and Sustainable Development

Food security means that food is available at all times, everyone has access to it; that it is nutritionally adequate in terms of quantity, quality and […]

Reinforcing the importance of discussing Mental Health

  In recent years, there has been increasing acknowledgement of the important role mental health awareness plays in reducing stigma and creating more opportunities for support […]

Child Protection Week: Top priority – Keep children in school for education and protection

One of the most important rights of children are the rights to basic education.  It is widely accepted that the learning process is instrumental in shaping […]

CEO’s Foreword

Dear colleagues and partners in youth care, It is already the end of June 2022 and somehow it feels like we missed the months between February […]

Legal Corner: New policy aims to protect pregnant girls

In December 2021 the Department of Basic Education introduced a new policy which will prohibit schools from excluding or expelling pregnant pupils, while making it compulsory […]

Plumbing workshop with Macassar youth

As the two hard years of living during the COVID-19 pandemic bites individuals and households, a collaboration with the Cobra team on a skills development programme […]

Resilience and Outcomes of South African Girls and Boys Town Care-Leavers Seven Years On.

Girls and Boys Town South Africa (GBTSA) and the University of Johannesburg Department of Social Work are delighted to present their latest research report: Resilience and […]

Celebrating Belinda Phahlane

A lot of people have walked through our doors at Girls and Boys Town South Africa during the 64 years that we have been around. Most […]

CEO’s message

Dear Girls & Boys Town Insiders, I hope that you are safe and well. It is already the middle of April 2022 and somehow it feels […]

  • Mark Chaskelson
    "I think what GBT does for the South African youth is incredible and selfless."
    Mark Chaskelson
    Creative Monarchy
  • Peter Schmitt
    "GBT’s profound conviction drives them to deliver the sensational results they have: where vulnerable youth become active and inspirational participants in South African society. They’re able to teach us a thing or two about getting over ourselves."
  • Lynn Cawood
    "For 5 years we've been doing our best trying to transform a teenager, we almost give up!   Thanks to the collaborated work of Girls and Boys Town team, a well integrated young man has been restored."
    Lynn Cawood
  • Alan
    "The support, which we have afforded to GBT is sincerely aimed at helping to close the gap between our family and GBT’s, even if it is to the tiniest extent. With it, goes a kind of remote love, which is difficult to understand. Please keep up the excellent work that you do – it is so pleasing to read how much it is appreciated, not only as recorded by your 2015 Mayor, but also by many of us on the 'outside'."
  • Michelle
    "We ourselves have teenage children, so we know first-hand how difficult this stage of their lives is. They are fortunate to have family support and encouragement, so we understand the importance of organizations such as yourselves to fill the gap that their family members are not able to provide."
  • Rochelle
    "Thank you for everything you do in the community for the children"
  • Marilyn
    "We have been supporting this charity since my children were small and the youngest is now 34.  It gives me much pleasure to support from another of our companies."
  • Carolyn
    "We have got to know a young man in Knysna who passed through your ‘town’ and he is today a wonderfully successful man thanks to your guidance."
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