The Community-based Advisory Panel of the Resilient Youth in Stressed Environments (RYSE) study

Posted on November 01, 2018

The Resilient Youth in Stressed Environments (RYSE) study is a cutting-edge, funded study that is taking place in Canada and South Africa. In South Africa, RYSE is supported by a community-based panel that includes adolescents (aged 18 to 24) who live in eMbalenhle. eMbalenhle and Secunda are the primary South African RYSE research sites. Since the 2017 inception of the RYSE study, this panel has expertly advised the researchers on the study’s aims and methodology, and actively recruited 600 participants for RYSE research activities (including arts-based qualitative work, a survey, collection of hair samples, and citizen science). The panel has also vetted the findings resulting from the study. To this end, Mr Mthokozisi Mabuza Ms Mamello Motinya, Ms Witness Moya, Ms Thandiwe Mtengwane, Mr Thulani Ncongwane, and Mr Simphiwe Zulu visited the Groenkloof Campus on 12 October to meet with four of the Educational Psychology masters students working in the RYSE study (Mrs Marianne Blunden; Ms Katherine Malakou; Ms Mariaan Prins; Mr Mthandeki Zhange). The students presented their findings relating to the resilience of adolescents from eMbalenhle and the panel commented critically on how well/not the findings resonated with their everyday experience of life in eMbalenhle. The panel provided invaluable input into what the research team is learning about the complexities of adolescent resilience in the face of chronic, multi-level adversity. The panel and UP-based researchers will co-disseminate the emerging finds to the eMbalenhle adolescents who participated in the 2018 survey during community-based workshops that will held at the eMbalenhle SASOL club in December.

Published by Thabo Masenamela

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