Almost 15-years later, the NMCYC has become a hive of activity for young people from different race groups and cultural backgrounds. The centre is run fully by volunteers from the community and activities are free of charge. These dedicated volunteers play a valuable role by utilising their skills to run specific programmes and develop various codes of sport. The centre works with over 200-primary and secondary schools from Chatsworth and surrounding areas including Welbedact, Marianhill, Wentworth, Merebank, Lamontville, Umlazi and Queensburgh. Drugs, crime, promiscuity, early school drop-out and unemployment are common problems amongst the youth. The Youth Centre plays a pivotal role in implementing advocacy and sporting programmes, lifestyle programmes, skills development courses and the setting up of clubs to drive projects. Today, thousands of youth utilise the centre for extra-curricular activities and find it a safe place to hang out with other youth. We also work with community organisations, businesses and government departments to help drive programmes.
There are various sporting codes: chess, karate, table-tennis, boxing, basketball, volleyball, badminton, wrestling, netball, ballroom dancing and more. There are awareness programmes empowering youth on issues of drugs, HIV/Aids, teenage pregnancy, our country’s constitution, the justice system, suicide prevention and other topics. There are clubs that concentrate on specific areas – girl guides, health, environment, counselling, poetry, art, history, tuition and more. Skills development programmes empower out of school and unemployed youth with computer skills, building skills such as plastering, bricklaying, carpentry, plumbing and painting. An annual Careers Expo is held every year at the NMCYC.