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 and career exposure. Learners have gained exposure and experience in culinary arts, graphic design, textiles, automotive repair and more.
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 is often reserved for purchase before even it is ready for harvest!
We commit to walk alongside students beyond high school to help find 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.
2020 STUDENT OF THE YEAR
In February of this year, our mentors reflected back on 2020, and determined that Sanelisiwe Mhlongo would represent Ubuntu Youth as our 2020 Student of the Year. Sanelisiwe was chosen by her mentors for this award because of her serious attitude when it came to her studies along with her impressive leadership abilities. "She was helpful around the youth center even before she was appointed class president. She always arrived on time after school and ensured that everything was in order before leaving. She is also very respectful and disciplined." said her mentor, Nelly. Congratulations, Sanelisiwe. We are very proud of you!
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I am Ubuntu Youth.
WHO WE ARE
Ubuntu Youth graduate.
Soccer and ultimate frisbee MVP.
Greenest thumb on staff.
Socks with sandals kind of guy.