Founded in 2003, South African non-profit IkamvaYouth seeks to provide 9th-11th grade students in disadvantaged communities the knowledge, skills, and resources to pursue tertiary education and/or employment opportunities after graduation. A high proportion of South African youth are unemployed due to poverty, low awareness of opportunities, and a lack of mentors to advise on post-secondary education. This non-profit promotes a culture of responsibility in communities through a ripple effect; most of its volunteers are former program members who return to guide younger students through higher education and employment. IkamvaYouth’s services include supplementary tutoring and homework help, career guidance, computer literacy, media and expression classes and health and leadership programs. Its most ambitious project is Vision 2030: the organization is determined to help every student that enters the first grade in 2018 matriculate by 2030. IkamvaYouth currently has five branches in South Africa.
By June Lee