The Ubuntu Youth Project exists to engage the next generation to fight poverty and a cycle of other escalating issues in Cottonlands, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Ubuntu Youth is an after-school program that seeks to invest in promising high school students by providing a strong educational and life-skills foundation that is often overlooked in rural public schools. Instead of perpetuating the top-down handout mentality that is often prevalent in the developing world, we strive to help students realize they can be part of the solution, instead of continually viewing themselves as a victim and part of the problem.
WHAT WE DO
We provide opportunity to motivated youth where opportunity is limited.
We connect recent graduates in the community that understand local culture, students' backgrounds, and the issues students encounter to provide high school students with a consistent, positive role-model relationship.
We connect students with the resources needed to be successful in high school and beyond through one-on-one and small group learning experiences led by local mentors and volunteers.
We provide students and graduates the opportunity to gain hands-on entrepreneurial experience through practical business training, career exposure, and microloan access to create their own business.
We provide agricultural education and resources for students and graduates to replicate small-scale agricultural ventures, empowering them to produce their own food. The food grown in our student-managed garden is sold to the local community and to Four15, a Mexican restaurant in Durban.
We commit to walk alongside students beyond high school to provide a university scholarship, a microloan to start a business, or job search assistance to ensure every graduate has the opportunity to fulfill their career goals.
DUBE, 12TH GRADE
"I am a leader. Even before I was elected class president at Ubuntu Youth, I arranged a clean-up day with my peers to make sure our youth center was looking great! I am also an artist. I love to draw, so I'm working on starting my own greeting card company."
ZANELE, 12TH GRADE
"I am the business chairperson this year. My responsibilities are to oversee our student businesses. I see lots of potential in myself and I trust and believe in myself. "
SFISO, 12TH GRADE
"I am really good at fixing cars. When I grow up, I want to be a mechanic. In my free time, I go hang out with the mechanic and he teaches me how to fix cars. My friends say I'm a funny guy. So when I'm not tinkering with things, I'm working on my jokes."
MANDLA, 12TH GRADE
"I'm really interested in fashion, so I'm learning how to sew. I was also elected to be the special events coordinator this year. I get a chance to contribute on everyone's special day like birthdays and other celebrations."
What if instead of being a voice for the voiceless, we let people speak for themselves?
Hear firsthand from our students and staff.
I am Ubuntu Youth.
WHO WE ARE
University of South Africa student.
Future science teacher.
Only has one singing volume: LOUD.
The Sound of Music enthusiast.
Ubuntu Youth graduate.
Outside of the box thinker.
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