• ubuntu (oo-BOON-too)

    I AM BECAUSE WE ARE

  • OUR MISSION

    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.

    Mentoring

    Mission: Relationship

     

    We connect recent graduates in the community that understand native culture, students' backgrounds, and the issues students encounter to provide high school students with a consistent, positive role-model relationship.

     

    Tutoring

    Mission: Education

     

    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.

     

    Entrepreneurship

    Mission: Employment

     

    We provide students and graduates the opportunity to gain hands-on entrepreneurial experience through practical business training and microloan access to create their own business.

     

    Agriculture

    Mission: Sustainability

     

    We provide agricultural education and resources for students and graduates to replicate small-scale agricultural ventures, empowering them to produce their own food.

     

    Postgraduate

    Mission: Leadership

     

    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, 11TH 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, 11TH 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, 11TH 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, 11TH 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."

  • VIDEOS

    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

    Siyanda

    Education Director

    University of South Africa student.

    Future science teacher.

    Only has one singing volume: LOUD.

    The Sound of Music enthusiast.

     

    Siphelele

    Entrepreneurship Director

    Vending machine business owner.

    Solution finder.

    Avid writer and news watcher.

     Cream soda drinker.

    Ayanda

    Business Tutor

    Ubuntu Youth graduate.

    Outside of the box thinker.

    Motivator.

    Fashionista.

     

    Ashley

    US Director

    Black coffee drinker.

    Siyanda's sing-along buddy.

    Professional puzzle putter-togetherer.

    Bookworm.

     

    ashley@ubuntuyouth.org

    Chacey

    Projects Director

    Harry Potter expert.

    Documentary aficionado.

    Chronic knitter.

    Sudoku solver.

     

    chacey@ubuntuyouth.org

    Alyssa

    Executive Director

    Harmless prankster.

    Misplacer of car keys.

    Cheese lover.

    Punny.

     

    alyssa@ubuntuyouth.org

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