Joy is one of the co-founders of IkamvaYouth and has been involved in all aspects of the organisation from the outset as a volunteer in 2003. She began working full-time for IkamvaYouth in 2010. Joy has an honours degree in Psychology and a Masters degree in Education and Information and Communications Technology from the University of Cape Town. Previously, in addition to her role as Director of IkamvaYouth, she worked with TEACH South Africa in the Western Cape, and as a researcher at the University of the Western Cape, the Human Sciences Research Council and bridges.org. She has freelanced as a researcher, project manager, open educational resource developer, writer and editor in a range of projects with civil society, government and higher education partners. All her work is focused on redressing inequality and injustice in South Africa through promoting equal access to quality education and opportunities. Joy is an Ashoka fellow and has won a number of other national, regional and international awards for her work with IkamvaYouth.
IkamvaYouth is happy to report that three ikamvanites were featured in the Mail & Guardian's 200 Young South Africans list:
- Leigh Meinert (Chairperson of IkamvaYouth and MD of TSiBA Education)
- Julia de Kadt (Co-founder of IkamvaYouth KZN and PhD Fellow at Wits)
- Joy Olivier (Co-founder of IkamvaYouth)
We're looking forward to congratulating our first cohort of ex-learners to make the list in the future :)