The PFA visits South African Youth Education for Sustainability
Today, the PFA and TackleAfrica visited the South African Youth Education for Sustainability (SAYes) Trust.
SAYes was founded in 2008 by Gillian Anderson and Michelle Potter to offer much-needed support and guidance for young people living in Children’s Homes in South Africa.
South Africa is one of the most unequal societies on earth and some of the most vulnerable people are those who have been legally placed in residential care for long periods of time due to abuse and neglect.
The purpose of SAYes is to inspire and inform leaders of social change through mentoring. They are passionate about improving social impact, reducing social inequality and creating and supporting youth programmes to do good.
They provide guidance to people leaving children's homes enabling them to develop their skills, further their education and source suitable housing. The aim of providing this support is to help prepare young people to participate in society as independent, mature, responsible adults.
SAYes train and support volunteers to mentor vulnerable young people. Mentors are taught to apply a formal mentoring approach called transition mentoring in working one-to-one with a mentee. In so doing they leverage the power of social motivation and strategic planning to improve the impact of youth programmes.
The PFA and TackleAfrica hosted a Football Festival at Noordhoek Football Club with 150 young people taking part from the surrounding communities and children’s homes.
The PFA staff refereed the tournament with the eventual winners being presented with a PFA t-shirt. The festival concluded with light refreshments for all guest, supporters and participants.
For more information on SAYes please visit: sayesmentoring.org
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