Each Ikamvanite shared their unique understanding of the vision and then collaboratively mapped the way forward, brainstorming the ways in which the different branches will implement it.
After re-visiting the vision, the group launched a discussion on the targets for 2013 and the IY budget, at both branch and provincial level. The targets set for our current Matrics lie between an 80% and 100% pass rate for all our branches across the country and our average spend per leaner continues to show that we can make a difference in the lives of the young people we work with, at very low cost. As testimony to this, 12 of our Matrics from the Makhaza branch have been pre-accepted into different courses at the University of Cape Town and this can be linked directly to the influence of the IY program and model.
The relatively low spend per learner partly motivates our vision to expand and replicate the existing IkamvaYouth model. Not only is our model tried and tested for 9 years, but it is cost effective and therefore accessible for everyone who wants to take part in building an even better South Africa.
Our day ended with the IkamvaYouth staff exchanging gifts. It was a fun but meaningful time, where we realised once again that IkamvaYouth is not just an NGO, but a family that really cares.
It is our second Monday at the Hearth and Soul Farm here in Stanford, Capetown, and the NSPW continues. Ikamvanites are over the hill with joy and the IY partners are amazed and curious to know more. We have representatives from Capitec, Tsiba, Sozo Foundation, Learning Trust, IkamvaYouth board and other supporting individuals. The day started with a super fantastic exercise from Ilana, and then Mignon got us engaged with the understanding of the IkamvaYouth Vision and model. We had a team task that left everyone very excited. Ikamvanites and partners were divided into five groups of eight each, and were provided with materials to build a stage were all members of the group could stand and make a presentation. Having learnt the role of teamwork, and the great value of bringing together resources and ‘expertise’, all participants worked together to build one stage, and were not keen to work separately. The stage was finished in time, and all of the over 40 participants were on stage, singing melodiously mentioning all they had learnt in the week. The lessons learnt from the task, is how to work as a team and how each of our contributions are vital to reaching our goal. After that we had a wonderful lunch from our great chef and then hard-core stuff started with the strategy ideas being brought up in the room. We were aiming for the sky, and none of us felt like they were being left behind to this amazing journey that is about to start. The results of this strategy session left everyone eager to start working the following day and committed to reaching the 2030 goal.
Great Ideas are born from nothing.
The excitement begins, everyone eager to share how they feel. Meeting our sponsors for the first time was beautiful and such profound people giving us a hand in turning the country around. Little did they know what IkamvaYouth had in store for them.
We all got to find out what inspires them individually about IkamvaYouth. The amazing abilities we have to transform the things that matter. Can we affect a million people? Surely we can! The ripple effect is an ongoing and never ending effect.
We started by giving an introduction to our vision, then shared our strategies and there were smiles across the room you could literally feel the energy of excitement and the fear of what an impact this is and will be by 2030. Yes 2030! We can see the fruits we’ve planted. So buckle up its going to be an awesome ride. We are proud to be part of this movement that not only changes, but inspires, motivates and encourages people.
One thing we realised today is that no-one knew where they were going to be today in this time but we are here and we making the most of it and we are going somewhere. Each being has a significant role, or what we call a ‘super power’ that when all combined enlightens the world. It’s like throwing a stone in a pound that ripple effect keeps expanding, now imagine South Africa expanding. IkamvaYouth has worked, is working and clearly going to work for the better.
I CAN, YOU CAN, TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE IT WORK
This is my hand…..your hand
that hand that speaks to his and hers..
To this and That…Iam that….
Like compass ….I carry direction..see it in my veins..
Iam like a path leading to various routes…
from here to there..feel it in my palm…and fingers
Iam hand that makes and not breaks…
I bring the good and Not bad
Iam not a fist …dont fold me for I carry a seed in me..
A seed that blossoms when unfolded
There are opportunities in me…..
fingers are my support structure..Please dont burn them
this is your choice
take care of me
they say one hand washes the other…well, I could wash yours if you do mine
nurture me…Iam your hand that carries your future
Seek in me the path to the sunrays…
For I hold the light. (created by Modjadji:NSPW 2012)