Creating tomorrow’s leaders

IkamvaYouth Ebony Park branch making dreams a reality!

Phillip Sweet once said “Stay true to yourself, yet always be open to learn. Work hard, and never give up on your dreams, even when nobody else believes they can come true but you. These are not cliches but real tools you need no matter what you do in life to stay focused on your path.” The IkamvaYouth Ebony Park branch embraces the words of Phillip Sweet by ensuring that those who join the programme achieve their dreams of having a dignified living.

In 2017, the branch had a goal which was to ensure that learners who are part of the branch achieved their set targets and ambitions which will ensure that they have a proper foundation in making their dreams a reality. In 2018, the branch had its Open Day where the 2017 matriculants celebrated their results and also we opened our doors to new dreamers and those who support dreams of others. The branch achieved a 97% pass rate for 2017 matric learners and achieved a 66% bachelor pass, 26% diploma pass and 6% higher certificate pass. The Ebony Park branch is dedicated towards ensuring that Ikamvanites achieve great results and have a better chance of going to varsity or employment.

With such great results, one would ask how the branch achieves such tremendous results. In term 1 of 2018, the branch had to implement various workshops which speaks to “how they do it”. Firstly, the branch organised a recruitment drive to universities and schools to create awareness and spread the word for people to play a part and encourage a culture of volunteerism, organised learner induction and interviews to ensure they get committed learners to the programme and lastly, the branch implemented its core programmes by having mentorship workshops facilitated by Comensa where the branch paired its 20 matriculants with mentors, organised a career guidance workshop facilitated by Semona Pillay, a Lecturer at the University of Johannesburg. Furthermore, the branch participated in tutor training where its volunteers received training which is needed to ensure that learners get the best volunteers to help them reach their goals. As if this was not enough for the first quarter, the branch together with its sponsor, Coca Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA) had a Soul Ambassador Day where CCBSA employees give back to the branch by sharing their skills, knowledge and support to learners.

The branch first quarter is done and dusted. The branch have set a pace and also put measures in place to ensure that its beneficiaries needs are met. The branch will continue working achieving the dreams of our future generation.