We very happy to announce that we we have been able to hand out 399 full school uniforms to our members for the upcoming school year. We are very grateful to Tailored for Education for providing us a grant to purchase all of the uniforms this year. Tailored for Education is an organization that strives to increase school enrollment in impoverished areas by providing children with school uniforms. For millions of children around the globe, education represents the only way out of a life of poverty, and their contribution has been an enormous help to KYP.
We wish our students the best academic year, and we know they will wear their uniforms with pride. It is their hard-work and the commitment they put in that makes KYP the great program it is today. We want to offer a special thank you to everyone who has supported the work we do for the youth of our community. The children are the future and through education they have a chance to succeed in life.
What great Christmas party we had, all out together with the kids to have the last fun for the year before we take on the festive holidays. This year we had our Christmas party at Buksies Resort, a very open place with all the necessary resources for kids to have fun, including swimming pools, jungle gyms, and jumping castles. As you can see, the pictures don’t lie we all had the greatest fun ever. All of this wouldn’t be possible without the efforts each and every one of you who contributed. KYP would like to thank you all for putting a smile on a child’s face this Christmas.
Congratulations to our very own members Mpho Mafate, Zine Sidelo and Marry Dube who successfully graduated from an extraordinary and well-known youth development and transformation program in South Africa called City Year. Just like every other KYP member, they were committed individuals of our program, attending KYP's tutoring program successfully, and KYP was proud to help them apply for the City Year program.
For their commitment to the youth of South Africa, they were honored for providing more than 1,300 hours of service as tutors, mentors, and role models. They made a difference in the lives of children and transformed schools and communities. They broke down social barriers, inspired citizens to civic action, developed leaders for the common good, and promoted the power of national services. Well done, and thank you for making us proud!
Thulani Madondo Executive Director of our program was one of the nominees for the Role model of the year category for the 2013 Feather Awards,The Feather Awards is a celebration and recognition of South African personalities, individuals and icons by the gay community. These are personalities that continue to inspire the Gay Community at large. We very happy to announce to everyone that Thulani Madondo is the 2013 Feather awards Role model of the year. We would love to thank everyone who has supported the work we do, this award is dedicated to all of you.
A multitude of young youth from Kliptown came to KYP to apply and get interviewed for temporary jobs at Evolution Cycling Group for the upcoming festive season. We are thankful to Evolution for taking the time to come to KYP and interview these young individuals who have been longing for such great opportunities to come their way, especially coming from a disadvantaged community like Kliptown. With this great news, we are very happy to announce to everyone that Evolution cycling employed 28 young people, and they hope to permanently employ five of them with their company. We very excited and hope to see many more opportunities like these for the youth in our community.
We would like to thank this wonderful group of people coming from different places around the world who gathered as friends to cycle 743 kms from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town right here in South Africa to raise funds for the Kliptown Youth Program. They were inspired by the amazing work we are doing for the youth and children in our community, and the adventure of cycling was the idea they came up with to support our program. With such great news, we are happy to announce to everyone that our cyclists raised over $20,000 for KYP throughout their whole cycle tour. We would love to thank them and thank everyone who has supported in making this initiative a success.
Heritage Day will forever be an important day to honor and celebrate as it is the time we come together as a nation to rejoice and be proud of the cultures and traditions we originate from. In this new generation, we are constantly told that we, the youth, have lost our cultures and that we don’t respect our traditions. We had to change this mindset.
Our Heritage day event took place on the 24th September at the KYP centre, and it was our 3rd year hosting. We had four cultural groups up the stage, the Xhosas, Zulus, Tsongas and the Sothos. Everyone had the opportunity to present and showcase the beauty of their culture and what is it that makes it different from all the other cultural groups. The crowd was packed, each person screaming and chanting for their cultural group, and the enthusiasm in everyone’s faces was so amazing. Each group did an outstanding job throughout the show, presenting the unique elements of their cultures. It was also exciting to know that while we were celebrating Heritage Day at KYP, throughout the nation everyone were doing the same.
Having 11 different languages symbolizes the diversity of our nation. How inspiring it is that no matter how different we are, we still find a way to be one united nation. Heritage Day is one day we value particularly as it encourages all of us to appreciate the diverse cultures of our country.
In celebrating this year’s Women’s Day, we invited the mothers, sisters, and young women in our community to come and spend the day with us. We prepared an inspirational program that included successful women who had experienced difficulties growing and making a success of themselves. These strong women came to talk with and inspire our women with stories of how they overcame challenges and reached their life goals. We also had discussions about teenage pregnancy and about how our mothers can help their children overcome the many social issues we face in our community. The discussions had such a positive impact; not only were our mothers participating in the sessions, our young girls were also interested in being part of the whole conversation.
Of course, one of the best parts of the day was to see the KYP men preparing the food for all of the women who attended. The guys did a great job, and prepared a nice lunch which all of the women enjoyed eating.
Women’s Day is the day when every single woman should be appreciated and reminded of how important she is. As youth being given the opportunity to honor the women in our community, it was such a blessing to be able to provide Kliptown’s women with a great day filled with dignity and respect.
It's not very often that you find private schools in urban areas of South Africa creating partnerships with public schools in the township. Luckily for our members, the St. Peter's College initiative has fostered a relationship with KYP by providing extra support for learners starting in Grade 8.
Not so long ago, our educational team were trying to finds of how they could ensure that we properly groom our current Grade 8 learners to become first rate students by the time they reach Grade 12.
Therefore, the program is scheduled to run for a period of five years until they reach Grade 12 and write their matric exams. It will include extra tutoring in English, math, and life skills in general as well as public speaking, debating, and drama. Career guidance will also be given to assist with subject selection at the end of Grade 9, which has a big impact on students' options after high school.