• 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 local 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, career exposure, 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. The food grown in our student-managed garden is sold to the local community and to Four15, a Mexican restaurant in Durban.

     

    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.

     

  • INTERN WITH US

    Summer 2017 internship applications are now open. Applications close 15 March 2017.

  • 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."

     

     

    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."

  • 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.

    Biology nerd.

    Only has one singing volume: LOUD.

    The Sound of Music enthusiast.

     

    Ayanda

    Mentor/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

  • MAKE A DONATION

    Join us in empowering students to be their own heroes.

    Your donation is 100% tax-deductible.

  • YOU + SOCIAL MEDIA

    = SOCIAL IMPACT

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  • LET'S TALK

    We'd love to hear from you.