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ABOUT

 
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Kliptown Youth Program was founded in May, 2007, by a small group of inspired and passionate young people from Kliptown who dedicated to making a difference in their community.  Our dream was to help our members lift themselves out of poverty through education.  From the time we began with little more than our talents, energy and a place to invite children to work with us, we have grown to an internationally recognized organization that has developed not only our members but also our staff into people with valuable skills with which they can change their own lives.

As South Africa has grown into a modern country, there are, unfortunately, still many places that are neglected by the government.  Kliptown, established in 1903 and the oldest township of its kind in Soweto, is one of those places.  Ironically, Kliptown has immense historical and cultural importance to the history of South Africa, as it was the place where the Freedom Charter was adopted in 1955. Despite its role in history, Kliptown, with its population of forty-four thousand, is a community that lacks even the most basic human needs such as schools, health clinics, electricity, and proper sanitation.

Due to the absence of these basic necessities and overwhelming poverty, the children of Kliptown face immense challenges. Not only do these children have to walk to local schools outside Kliptown, they cannot afford the cost of uniforms, shoes, lunch and books.  It is no surprise that many children turn to drugs and crime at an early age.  In a community afflicted with an unemployment rate of 70%, an HIV/AIDS rate of 25%, and high teenage pregnancy, KYP enables children resist forces that would drag them down, harness their own potential, and grow into dynamic and skilled individuals who can give back to society.

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We at KYP recognize that at the heart of these problems lies the lack of access to proper schooling. English is taught in most schools as a second language, and often it is a lack of facility with English that leaves students inadequately equipped to succeed on their end of high school 'matric' exams. KYP believes that if we identify and nurture talent amongst us, and ingrain the value of education in our members, we can create opportunities for success and the skills necessary for taking advantage of them.  In doing so, we are creating a solution to poverty, and one by which we can stand up and show the world that we have value and the power to change our own lives. On a continent often wrought with victimhood and a handout mentality, KYP teaches its children that they deserve that which they create. Together we can empower the youth, foster the cycle of giving back, and help lift Kliptown out of poverty.

 

2007

  • KYP became known to local tourist guides

  • One desktop computer for staff

  • University, trade schools, jobs training difficult for Kliptown residents to access

  • 4 professional teachers tutor high school students

  • Members with high school matric struggle to find jobs after KYP

  • On average, only 1 in 3 Grade 12s pass matric in Kliptown

  • Dance programs welcome visitors to KYP

  • KYP members often go without meals

  • Volunteer staff

  • 1 KYP staff member with post-matric training or professional development

  • 75 members

 

2017

  • KYP recognized internationally thanks to CNN Heroes, 21 Icons, numerous awards. Gumboots dance team, and 1000’s of visitors from around the world
  • Online learning programs for all members on over 125 desktops, Chrome books, and tablets
  • 17 KYP members graduated from university (with more on the way), dozens have attended jobs training and trade programs
  • 40+ tutors (both professional and KYP trained from the community) tutor grades 1-12
  • Over 40 former members now employed in the formal economy
  • 83% of KYP members, over 100 in total pass their high school matric exams
  • Gumboots dance team travels internationally to bring KYP and our message to the world
  • Food program provides all members with 2 meals per day, over 150,000 meals per year
  • 17 salaried staff members
  • 12 KYP staff members participated in  professional development and mentoring in the past year
  • Over 500 members
 
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OUR PROGRAMS

 

TUTORING

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Education is essential for success in life, so KYP is built around our tutoring program.  All children from Grade 1 through Grade 12 attend tutoring and study sessions for two hours, Monday through Thursday afternoons.  The focus is on English and maths, as well as with homework assistance. 

Primary school students are tutored by members of the community who have gone through KYP’s tutor training program.  Not only are the tutors trained in how to deliver the content the students need help with, they are also introduced to principles of child development and how to successfully manage a class of young people.

High school students are tutored by professional teachers two days a week, and participate in peer-to-peer tutoring the other two days. Our ultimate goal is for our Grade 12s to pass their matriculation exams at the end of their senior year.  While only 1 in 3 residents of Kliptown students can expect to pass their matric, our tutoring program has enabled over 80% of our KYP members to pass their grade 12 exams.


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SCHOOL FEE AND UNIFORM SUPPORT

The vast majority of families in Kliptown have great difficulty affording the costs of school fees, uniforms, books, and supplies for their children.  Since its inception, KYP has covered the cost of school fees for all of our members.  Thanks to our friends at Tailored for Education, each child who has been a member for the past year receives a new uniform at the start of the school year.

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FOOD PROGRAM

One of the struggles of life in Kliptown is inadequate nutrition for growing young bodies, with many children sometimes not having access to even one balanced meal per day.  Because young people cannot learn effectively if they are hungry, KYP provides all members with two nutritious meal a day.  In the morning, the children are able to eat breakfast or get a bag lunch to take to school, and then fuel up with a hot meal before digging into their tutoring and other KYP activities.


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ONLINE LEARNING

Technology has become an increasingly important element of our tutoring program.  Through programs such as Reading Eggs, Math Seeds, Olico, MyCyberwall, and 2Enable, our members are able to boost their skills with well-designed lessons and quizzes that give them practice and get instant feedback.  With no access to electricity in the community, we power our center with a solar array on top of our classrooms.  KYP also teaches free computer classes on internet skills and Microsoft Office to community members to help them access job opportunities.

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TERTIARY EDUCATION PROGRAM

Because of the success of the tutoring program, many KYP members are well prepared for university and eager to attend it. The tertiary education program provides funds to successful students who wouldn't be able to attend without financial support.  Students have enrolled in programs focused on a number of different disciplines including Information Technology, Banking, Electrical Engineering and Marketing, in programs ranging from 1-2 year certificate programs to 3-4 year degree programs.  KYP has been able to support students by assisting them with bursary (financial aid) applications, and by direct financial support through Study Trust, which mentors our university students. 


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VOCATIONAL PROGRAM

As they graduate from university, college, or high school, KYP members seek to enter the job market, the final hurdle they must pass in their journey to pull themselves up out of poverty.  The leadership at KYP connects members with learnerships (internships) and jobs. Companies such as Tradesure Insurance, Bidvest Pureau, and many others have been helpful in offering opportunities and advice to members. Additionally, KYP members benefit greatly from individuals who come to the centre and speak about what skills, education, and training are necessary to find jobs and success in their respective fields.

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PERFORMING ARTS AND CULTURE AND SPORTS

Children need to be able to have fun and move their bodies, so we reserve Fridays for our Performing Arts and Culture and our Sports programs.  Members have the opportunity to express themselves through various types of cultural activities such as dancing and drumming. Our renowned Gumboots Dance group, which caters for both boys and girls, has been performing in major events around South Africa and abroad since KYP’s inception.  In addition to inspiring our friends around the world and helping with our fundraising efforts, it gives our members the incredible opportunity of world travel.

Members can also choose to participate on soccer and netball teams. High-level coaches are trained to mentor kids beyond just the technical aspects of the sport, teaching life skills such as determination and teamwork. These teams compete in township leagues and have won numerous tournaments.


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PSYCHOSOCIAL SUPPORT PROGRAM

In any society there is a great need for children and parents alike to have access to services that cater for needs pertaining to family and school related issues.  At KYP we have established a support centre for members of the KYP programme and their families where they can seek the advice of counsellors in a safe, confidential environment.  The issues focused on are vast, and may include behaviour related issues in children, difficulties at school, family violence, drug and alcohol abuse, teenage pregnancy, crime, poverty, and HIV-AIDS, to name a few.  The centre also provides academic and career assessments and academic support services.

At present the support is provided by students from the University of Johannesburg who are in the process of completing either their Honours degree in Counselling or Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology. 

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LIBRARY

KYP learners and community members are able to select books to read from KYP's library, which continues to grow.  The library includes picture books for the younger children, fiction and non-fiction for the older students, and, importantly, many of the textbooks that learners use in their classes at their respective schools. 

 

OUR LEADERS

 
 

KYP has a staff of 17 young adults, the vast majority of whom grew up in Kliptown and faced the challenges that our members live with. We pride ourselves in having a passionate and motivated staff that sees their work not only as job but also as a way to contribute to and make change in their community.

Our organization embodies a relatively non-hierarchical structure.  While responsibilities are assigned to each staff member, all major decisions regarding the future of the organisation are discussed as a team. 

Staff development is a vital element of our organization.  90% of staff members have participated in professional development, with many taking multiple courses and three receiving degrees with KYP’s support.  Each member of the management team works with a mentor who offers guidance and support.  

Part of our mission is to train young staff members in a way that will prepare them for jobs beyond KYP.  Several former staff members have gone on to pursue career opportunities outside KYP, earning higher salaries and serving as a models of success for all KYP members.  We also make sure to retain our core group of key staff members who have the skills and knowledge we need for the organization to continue to run effectively.

 
  Thulani Madondo: Executive Director    tmadondo@kliptownyouthprogram.org.za   Thulani Madondo is the co-founder and current Executive Director of the Kliptown Youth Program. Thulani himself was born in a one room shack in Kliptown without electricity or running water, so he understands the challenges facing the youth of Kliptown. Thulani served as a core member of the inaugural City Year South Africa class of 2005, he is a also a Professional Soweto Tourist guide and he participated in other community development organization (SKY) for seven years prior to founding KYP in 2007. In 2012, Thulani was honoured as one of the Top 10 CNN Heroes from a pool of 45,000 nominations coming from 100 countries. His accomplishments also earned him a Humanitarian of the Year Award from Turkey Worldwide Visibility and Feather Awards Role Model of the Year in 2013. In April, 2013, he was named one of the 100 World Class South Africans by City Press, a South Africa publication, and in June, 2013, Thulani was named one of the 200 young South Africans making a difference by the South Africa publication Mail & Guardian. He completed the Strategic Perspective in Nonprofit Management program at the Harvard Business

Thulani Madondo: Executive Director

tmadondo@kliptownyouthprogram.org.za

Thulani Madondo is the co-founder and current Executive Director of the Kliptown Youth Program. Thulani himself was born in a one room shack in Kliptown without electricity or running water, so he understands the challenges facing the youth of Kliptown. Thulani served as a core member of the inaugural City Year South Africa class of 2005, he is a also a Professional Soweto Tourist guide and he participated in other community development organization (SKY) for seven years prior to founding KYP in 2007. In 2012, Thulani was honoured as one of the Top 10 CNN Heroes from a pool of 45,000 nominations coming from 100 countries. His accomplishments also earned him a Humanitarian of the Year Award from Turkey Worldwide Visibility and Feather Awards Role Model of the Year in 2013. In April, 2013, he was named one of the 100 World Class South Africans by City Press, a South Africa publication, and in June, 2013, Thulani was named one of the 200 young South Africans making a difference by the South Africa publication Mail & Guardian. He completed the Strategic Perspective in Nonprofit Management program at the Harvard Business

Thulani Madondo: Executive Director

  Keketso Baloyi: High School Program Coordinator    kbaloyi@kliptownyouthprogram.org.za   Keketso completed her matric in the year 2009 and joined KYP in 2015 as a volunteer tutor in the primary school program. Through her commitment and dedication, she was chosen to join KYP's Education Team. She has a Project management certificate from Wits University. Keketso has passion for working with children and youth and what motivates her is her desire to make a difference in her community.

Keketso Baloyi: High School Program Coordinator

kbaloyi@kliptownyouthprogram.org.za

Keketso completed her matric in the year 2009 and joined KYP in 2015 as a volunteer tutor in the primary school program. Through her commitment and dedication, she was chosen to join KYP's Education Team. She has a Project management certificate from Wits University. Keketso has passion for working with children and youth and what motivates her is her desire to make a difference in her community.

Keketso Baloyi: Foundation Phase Coordinator

  Tsakani Ngobeni: Food Program Coordinator    tngobeni@kliptownyouthprogram.org.za   Tsakani has been involved with KYP since its inception and is in charge of the food program. She is responsible for the yearly food budget, ordering supplies, and fixing the food menus, distributing breakfast, and cooking lunch to ensure the children are provided with a balanced and nutritious diet.

Tsakani Ngobeni: Food Program Coordinator

tngobeni@kliptownyouthprogram.org.za

Tsakani has been involved with KYP since its inception and is in charge of the food program. She is responsible for the yearly food budget, ordering supplies, and fixing the food menus, distributing breakfast, and cooking lunch to ensure the children are provided with a balanced and nutritious diet.

Tsakani Ngobeni: Food Program Coordinator

  Thando Bezana: Operations Manager    tbezana@kliptownyouthprogram.org.za   Thando Bezana was born and raised in Kliptown. He was involved with different programs (SKY/ Mama Africa) before co-founding KYP in 2007. He is a qualified heritage practitioner, a performing artist and an amazing gumboots dancer. Thando holds a diploma in French, DELF/DALF B2, and speaks French, which helps with the organisation's French tours and French related projects. Thando currently serves KYP as the Performing Arts, Sports, and IT Manager.

Thando Bezana: Operations Manager

tbezana@kliptownyouthprogram.org.za

Thando Bezana was born and raised in Kliptown. He was involved with different programs (SKY/ Mama Africa) before co-founding KYP in 2007. He is a qualified heritage practitioner, a performing artist and an amazing gumboots dancer. Thando holds a diploma in French, DELF/DALF B2, and speaks French, which helps with the organisation's French tours and French related projects. Thando currently serves KYP as the Performing Arts, Sports, and IT Manager.

Thando Bezana: Operations Manager

  Lerato Thamae: Primary Education program Coordinator    lthamae@kliptownyouthprogram.org.za   Lerato completed her grade 12 at Orlando High School. She has been helping volunteer her time through tutoring and helping learners with their homework in English and Maths. With her generosity, passion and dedication to the children that we work with, she was given the opportunity to be part of KYP's Education Team. Lerato serves the organization as a Primary Education Coordinator.

Lerato Thamae: Primary Education program Coordinator

lthamae@kliptownyouthprogram.org.za

Lerato completed her grade 12 at Orlando High School. She has been helping volunteer her time through tutoring and helping learners with their homework in English and Maths. With her generosity, passion and dedication to the children that we work with, she was given the opportunity to be part of KYP's Education Team. Lerato serves the organization as a Primary Education Coordinator.

Lerato Thamae: Intermediate Phase Coordinator

  Thulisiwe Simango: Assistant Food Program Coordinator    tsimango@kliptownyouthprogram.org.za   Thulisiwe is KYP's netball coach, a grade 3 tutor, and assists in the kitchen. She coaches both the under 19 and under 15 netball teams. She completed her grade 12 in year 2004, completed a course in MS Office in 2006,upholstery in the year 2007, and also attended number of training's through KYP, such as First Aid with Red Cross, coaching with Altus Sports, and "Investment in Excellence" with Edcon.

Thulisiwe Simango: Assistant Food Program Coordinator

tsimango@kliptownyouthprogram.org.za

Thulisiwe is KYP's netball coach, a grade 3 tutor, and assists in the kitchen. She coaches both the under 19 and under 15 netball teams. She completed her grade 12 in year 2004, completed a course in MS Office in 2006,upholstery in the year 2007, and also attended number of training's through KYP, such as First Aid with Red Cross, coaching with Altus Sports, and "Investment in Excellence" with Edcon.

Thulisiwe Simango: Assistant Food Program Coordinator

  Christina Scott: Financial Manager    cscott@kliptownyouthprogram.org.za   Christina has served KYP since its inception as a financial manager. She has attended numerous training sessions and completed a computer course at Ipelegeng Community Centre. She also studied Pastel Financial Accounting at College Campus. Christina has been instrumental in helping KYP attain fully audited yearly financial reports and recording KYP’s finances professionally and efficiently.

Christina Scott: Financial Manager

cscott@kliptownyouthprogram.org.za

Christina has served KYP since its inception as a financial manager. She has attended numerous training sessions and completed a computer course at Ipelegeng Community Centre. She also studied Pastel Financial Accounting at College Campus. Christina has been instrumental in helping KYP attain fully audited yearly financial reports and recording KYP’s finances professionally and efficiently.

Christina Scott: Financial Manager

  Monwabisi Baleni: Education Manager   E:  mbaleni@kliptownyouthprogram.org.za   Monwabisi was one of the tutoring program students in 2007. After completing secondary school in 2007, he became part of the KYP team. Monwabisi has attended several training sessions and is now fully responsible for managing the daily activities of the high school tutoring program. He has also coordinated Pen Pal programs, and is a Gumboots dancer.

Monwabisi Baleni: Education Manager

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Monwabisi was one of the tutoring program students in 2007. After completing secondary school in 2007, he became part of the KYP team. Monwabisi has attended several training sessions and is now fully responsible for managing the daily activities of the high school tutoring program. He has also coordinated Pen Pal programs, and is a Gumboots dancer.

Monwabisi Baleni: High School Program Coordinator

  Andile Mazala: Kitchen Assistant and Assistant Performing Arts Manager    amazala@kliptownyouthprogram.org.za   Andile has volunteered with KYP since the year 2008. He started with the organization as a soccer player, and then developed passion for the performing arts and working with children teaching them dance and other cultural activities. Andile has travelled to China several times and Reunion Island serving the organization and showing the world our beautiful culture.

Andile Mazala: Kitchen Assistant and Assistant Performing Arts Manager

amazala@kliptownyouthprogram.org.za

Andile has volunteered with KYP since the year 2008. He started with the organization as a soccer player, and then developed passion for the performing arts and working with children teaching them dance and other cultural activities. Andile has travelled to China several times and Reunion Island serving the organization and showing the world our beautiful culture.

Andile Mazala: Kitchen Assistant and Assistant Performing Arts Manager

  Pakane Lamola - Education Manager    plamola@kliptownyouthprogram.org.za   Pakane holds a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology from Arizona State University in the USA, and obtained his B.A. Honours in Psychology and B.A. Ed. from the University of Johannesburg, previously called Vista University. Pakane received a six-month cross-cultural education fellowship at university of Warsaw, in Poland. Pakane is a qualified facilitator and assessor.  Pakane leads the KYP education team, and is tasked with improving performance and achievement in line with KYP’s strategic goals. He mentors the education unit, liases with internal and external stakeholders, develops and experiments with impact interventions, designs and coordinates standards for tutors, and writes quarterly education reports. Pakane also works with the Vocational program to help with members’ career pathing for KYP.

Pakane Lamola - Education Manager

plamola@kliptownyouthprogram.org.za

Pakane holds a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology from Arizona State University in the USA, and obtained his B.A. Honours in Psychology and B.A. Ed. from the University of Johannesburg, previously called Vista University. Pakane received a six-month cross-cultural education fellowship at university of Warsaw, in Poland. Pakane is a qualified facilitator and assessor.

Pakane leads the KYP education team, and is tasked with improving performance and achievement in line with KYP’s strategic goals. He mentors the education unit, liases with internal and external stakeholders, develops and experiments with impact interventions, designs and coordinates standards for tutors, and writes quarterly education reports. Pakane also works with the Vocational program to help with members’ career pathing for KYP.

Pakane Lamola: Education Manager

  Thapelo Jacob Siasia: Psycho-Vocational Officer   tsiasia@kliptownyouthprogram.org.za    As a scholar of the Human and Educational Sciences, Sia completed his Honours in Educational Psychology with the University of Johannesburg and currently continues with his Masters in the same course and institution. He joined KYP on its 10th anniversary as a volunteer, fell in love with it instantly, and then decided to join the team on a more permanent basis. He now brings his experience in project management, data collation, basic budgeting and meeting facilitation to the team. As his work involves designing and implementing the vocational and empowerment programs; linking KYP members to learnerships, bursaries, scholarships and employment opportunities; and supporting them emotionally and psychosocially in attaining their lifelong dreams. His ultimate goal however, is to lead and serve his community through groundbreaking research and reform in education and adjacent sectors. In this way, he will help improve South Africa’s education system, economy and general global outlook of changing one learning life at a time.

Thapelo Jacob Siasia: Psycho-Vocational Officer
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As a scholar of the Human and Educational Sciences, Sia completed his Honours in Educational Psychology with the University of Johannesburg and currently continues with his Masters in the same course and institution. He joined KYP on its 10th anniversary as a volunteer, fell in love with it instantly, and then decided to join the team on a more permanent basis. He now brings his experience in project management, data collation, basic budgeting and meeting facilitation to the team. As his work involves designing and implementing the vocational and empowerment programs; linking KYP members to learnerships, bursaries, scholarships and employment opportunities; and supporting them emotionally and psychosocially in attaining their lifelong dreams. His ultimate goal however, is to lead and serve his community through groundbreaking research and reform in education and adjacent sectors. In this way, he will help improve South Africa’s education system, economy and general global outlook of changing one learning life at a time.

Thapelo Jacob Siasia: Vocational Development Program Manager

  Sipho Dladla: Deputy Director    sdladla@kliptownyouthprogram.org.za   Sipho was one of the founders of KYP and ensures that all program objectives and goals are achieved. He communicates with program managers to complete each program’s administrative duties. He is very competent in IT technical support and is one of the One Laptop Per Child experts. He also acts as one of the main performers and teachers of the Gumboots dance.

Sipho Dladla: Deputy Director

sdladla@kliptownyouthprogram.org.za

Sipho was one of the founders of KYP and ensures that all program objectives and goals are achieved. He communicates with program managers to complete each program’s administrative duties. He is very competent in IT technical support and is one of the One Laptop Per Child experts. He also acts as one of the main performers and teachers of the Gumboots dance.

Sipho Dladla: Logistics Manager

  Basetsana Lokwane: Assistant Financial Manager    blokwane@kliptowwnyouthprogram.org.za   Basetsana was a KYP student and graduated secondary school in 2007.Her interest in Finance lead her to study a course in Financial Management at Imsimbi Training. She completed a computer course in 2008 at Ipelegeng Community Center. She serves KYP as a Financial Assistant manager and a dance teacher.

Basetsana Lokwane: Assistant Financial Manager

blokwane@kliptowwnyouthprogram.org.za

Basetsana was a KYP student and graduated secondary school in 2007.Her interest in Finance lead her to study a course in Financial Management at Imsimbi Training. She completed a computer course in 2008 at Ipelegeng Community Center. She serves KYP as a Financial Assistant manager and a dance teacher.

Basetsana Lokwane: Assistant Financial Manager

  Xolile Bam: IT Program Coordinator    xbam@kliptownyouthprogram.org.za   Xolile Bam is one of the oldest members of KYP. He started of a dancer and as KYP grew, he demonstrated high knowledge in technology. He was born in KwaZulu Natal, moved to Johannesburg at the age of five and grew up in Kliptown. He completed is 12th grade in 2009 at the Eldorado Park Senior Secondary and went on to study IT Technical Support and worked for KYP as an assistant IT technician till 2014. He further went on to acquire other IT qualifications in Computer Refurbishments, Sisco IT Essentials Accredited Trainer and he is also a self taught graphics designer. He went on to work for a financial investment company holding the Portfolio Synopsis Administrator title. He returned to work for KYP in 2017 as the Head IT Technician. He is also a qualified music producer and sound engineer from COPASA.

Xolile Bam: IT Program Coordinator

xbam@kliptownyouthprogram.org.za

Xolile Bam is one of the oldest members of KYP. He started of a dancer and as KYP grew, he demonstrated high knowledge in technology. He was born in KwaZulu Natal, moved to Johannesburg at the age of five and grew up in Kliptown. He completed is 12th grade in 2009 at the Eldorado Park Senior Secondary and went on to study IT Technical Support and worked for KYP as an assistant IT technician till 2014. He further went on to acquire other IT qualifications in Computer Refurbishments, Sisco IT Essentials Accredited Trainer and he is also a self taught graphics designer. He went on to work for a financial investment company holding the Portfolio Synopsis Administrator title. He returned to work for KYP in 2017 as the Head IT Technician. He is also a qualified music producer and sound engineer from COPASA.

Xolile Bam: IT Manager

  Nelisiwe Walaza: Marketing Manager    nwalaza@kliptownyouthprogram.org.za   Nelly graduated from KYP's tutoring program in 2008. After completing Grade 12 in 2008, she studied Marketing in Business administration at PC Training and Business College for 2 years and graduated in July 2012. In the year 2012 she was chosen as one of the youth to participate in the ILIVE2LEAD women's leadership summit in Nantong, China. She was also the Activist in Residence for Castilleja School in Palo Alto, San-Francisco where she also had the opportunity to visit and work in institutions like Facebook, LinkedIn and Google. In 2016 she pursued a study in Project Management at Wits University. In addition to her role as Marketing Manager, she is also part of KYP's outreach partnership programs, and she is one of the mentors for a girls scholarship program in KZN. Her passion lies in leadership programs and programs that look into developing the youth.

Nelisiwe Walaza: Marketing Manager

nwalaza@kliptownyouthprogram.org.za

Nelly graduated from KYP's tutoring program in 2008. After completing Grade 12 in 2008, she studied Marketing in Business administration at PC Training and Business College for 2 years and graduated in July 2012. In the year 2012 she was chosen as one of the youth to participate in the ILIVE2LEAD women's leadership summit in Nantong, China. She was also the Activist in Residence for Castilleja School in Palo Alto, San-Francisco where she also had the opportunity to visit and work in institutions like Facebook, LinkedIn and Google. In 2016 she pursued a study in Project Management at Wits University. In addition to her role as Marketing Manager, she is also part of KYP's outreach partnership programs, and she is one of the mentors for a girls scholarship program in KZN. Her passion lies in leadership programs and programs that look into developing the youth.

Nelisiwe Walaza: Marketing and Communications Manager

  Tshepo Tabohane: IT Program Coordinator    ttabohane@kliptownyouthprogram.org.za   Tshepo Tabohane was one of KYP's first tutoring program members in 2007 doing his grade 12. After being a memeber at KYP, he went through several trainings which were provided by KYP, one of those training include a computer course at Ipelegeng Community Centre, Computer refurbishing with COZA, investment in Excellence with Edcon. Today Tshepo serves as an IT program coordinator and assistant coordinator for the reading eggs program.

Tshepo Tabohane: IT Program Coordinator

ttabohane@kliptownyouthprogram.org.za

Tshepo Tabohane was one of KYP's first tutoring program members in 2007 doing his grade 12. After being a memeber at KYP, he went through several trainings which were provided by KYP, one of those training include a computer course at Ipelegeng Community Centre, Computer refurbishing with COZA, investment in Excellence with Edcon. Today Tshepo serves as an IT program coordinator and assistant coordinator for the reading eggs program.

Tshepo Tabohane: IT Assistant Coordinator

  Siphiwe Mhlaba: Enviromental Manager    smhlaba@kliptownyouthprogram.org.za   Siphiwe completed Grade 12 in 1999. He is also helping to plan and implement the environmental sustainability program. Siphiwe is also a sports fanatic , he has always been interested in sports, he was trained in progressing children through sports, and loves helping young people develop themselves. He coaches the Under 15 and Under 13 soccer teams.

Siphiwe Mhlaba: Enviromental Manager

smhlaba@kliptownyouthprogram.org.za

Siphiwe completed Grade 12 in 1999. He is also helping to plan and implement the environmental sustainability program. Siphiwe is also a sports fanatic , he has always been interested in sports, he was trained in progressing children through sports, and loves helping young people develop themselves. He coaches the Under 15 and Under 13 soccer teams.

Siphiwe Mhlaba: Facilities and Sports Manager

  Siyabonga Bukhwele: Reading Eggs Coordinator & IT Technician    sbukhwele@kliptownyouthprogram.org.za   Siyabonga was one of KYP's original members and he attended our tutoring program in 2007. When he graduated from his grade 12, he served the organisation as a volunteer and helper in our computer lab. Today he serves as a Reading Eggs program coordinator and IT Technician for the organisation. Siyabonga is currently pursuing study in Business administration, which is made possible by KYP. His passion lies in working with children and helping them achieve what they want to achieve.

Siyabonga Bukhwele: Reading Eggs Coordinator & IT Technician

sbukhwele@kliptownyouthprogram.org.za

Siyabonga was one of KYP's original members and he attended our tutoring program in 2007. When he graduated from his grade 12, he served the organisation as a volunteer and helper in our computer lab. Today he serves as a Reading Eggs program coordinator and IT Technician for the organisation. Siyabonga is currently pursuing study in Business administration, which is made possible by KYP. His passion lies in working with children and helping them achieve what they want to achieve.

Siyabonga Bukhwele: Reading Eggs Coordinator & IT Technician

 

OUR BOARD

 

KYP’s Board of Directors takes an active role in making sure the vision and strategic focus of KYP continues to succeed.  Our board members go beyond the roles typical for their position; they use their skills and connections to help the staff and the programs develop to their fullest potential.

  Jenny Leclezio - Board Chair   Bachelor of Social Science - University of Natal (B.Soc. Sci)  Post Graduate Diploma in Industrial Relations – University of Natal (Post Grad Dip IR)  Professional Coaching Certificate (ACC, Professional Coaching Certificate, UCT GSB)  Up until the 2015 Jenny was in formal employment and served as the Human Resources Director of various businesses within the AVI Group from 2001 to 2014 including IT (AVI IT shared services), FMCG (Snack works) and retail (Spitz & Green Cross). For the last 7 years she has, in addition to the HR Director roles, managed the BBBEE transformation portfolio for AVI including chairing the AVI Community Trust.

Jenny Leclezio - Board Chair

Bachelor of Social Science - University of Natal (B.Soc. Sci)

Post Graduate Diploma in Industrial Relations – University of Natal (Post Grad Dip IR)

Professional Coaching Certificate (ACC, Professional Coaching Certificate, UCT GSB)

Up until the 2015 Jenny was in formal employment and served as the Human Resources Director of various businesses within the AVI Group from 2001 to 2014 including IT (AVI IT shared services), FMCG (Snack works) and retail (Spitz & Green Cross). For the last 7 years she has, in addition to the HR Director roles, managed the BBBEE transformation portfolio for AVI including chairing the AVI Community Trust.

Jenny Leclezio

  Ingrid Chadwick - Finance   B.Com from the University of Natal  Ingrid has worked as a programmer and software developer for a number of years, and then as Financial Accountant in various industries. Her work with KYP includes Administration, Governance and Financial management

Ingrid Chadwick - Finance

B.Com from the University of Natal

Ingrid has worked as a programmer and software developer for a number of years, and then as Financial Accountant in various industries. Her work with KYP includes Administration, Governance and Financial management

Ingrid Chadwick

  Denis Creighton - Special Projects   B.comm, UNISA (With Distinction) Tour Guide: Cultural tour guide based in Gauteng, Northwest and Mpumalanga.  Denis is the director of KDA Travel & Tour Pty/ltd and of Soweto Youth and Development Projects (Section 21 CO). He has 40 years in banking and low cost housing (perm and nedgroup) as the managing Director of Servcon Housing Solutions. He has also developed a unique Soweto tour package for  www.soweto.co.za  (part of KDA) since 2002 and has conducted numerous tours for private and company groups in Johannesburg & Soweto. He now concentrates on the various social responsibility projects of the company. Denis served as the first Chair of KYP’s board of directors, and has assisted the organization across the board for many years.

Denis Creighton - Special Projects

B.comm, UNISA (With Distinction) Tour Guide: Cultural tour guide based in Gauteng, Northwest and Mpumalanga.

Denis is the director of KDA Travel & Tour Pty/ltd and of Soweto Youth and Development Projects (Section 21 CO). He has 40 years in banking and low cost housing (perm and nedgroup) as the managing Director of Servcon Housing Solutions. He has also developed a unique Soweto tour package for www.soweto.co.za (part of KDA) since 2002 and has conducted numerous tours for private and company groups in Johannesburg & Soweto. He now concentrates on the various social responsibility projects of the company. Denis served as the first Chair of KYP’s board of directors, and has assisted the organization across the board for many years.

Denis Creighton

  Gillian Ilsley - Primary Education   Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology - University of Johannesburg.  Gillian has been involved in Education for many years. She currently runs an Educational Psychology Practise in Johannesburg and is involved in part-time lecturing and supervision at the University Of Johannesburg. She is a former primary school teacher, and also has experience with career guidance and subject selection for Secondary School students.

Gillian Ilsley - Primary Education

Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology - University of Johannesburg.

Gillian has been involved in Education for many years. She currently runs an Educational Psychology Practise in Johannesburg and is involved in part-time lecturing and supervision at the University Of Johannesburg. She is a former primary school teacher, and also has experience with career guidance and subject selection for Secondary School students.

Gillian Ilsley

 
  Peter Johannsen - Education   Williams College - B.A.  Pete has worked as an educator and administrator with grades 6-8 in the United States for over twenty years. He has taught English, History, Science, Engineering, and Life Skills, and has lead international trips for students, including to South Africa. Pete has worked with Kliptown Youth Program in a variety of capacities since its founding, including working with its Education and Marketing Teams.

Peter Johannsen - Education

Williams College - B.A.

Pete has worked as an educator and administrator with grades 6-8 in the United States for over twenty years. He has taught English, History, Science, Engineering, and Life Skills, and has lead international trips for students, including to South Africa. Pete has worked with Kliptown Youth Program in a variety of capacities since its founding, including working with its Education and Marketing Teams.

Peter Johannsen

  Rio Matlhaku - Marketing & PR   Before his foray into Public Relations, Rio worked for a media monitoring service which was later acquired by internationally renowned Marketing Research firm, A C Nielsen. He began working in Public Relations in the early 2000’s at Beachhead Media & Investor Relations, which later became Financial Dynamics. His strength lies in financial public relations, with wide-ranging experience on clients such as Alexander Forbes, Discovery Group, the Financial Planning Institute, Nedbank, Assupol Life, Airports Company of South Africa, Centre for Development and Enterprise, Blue Catalyst and Samancor Chrome, ArcelorMittal SA. Rio was also part of the team that re-launched the South African Competition Commission. Before joining Aprio, Rio was with The Communication’s Firm, which is one of South Africa’s majority black-owned public relations companies with a reputation for its impactful communication strategies for various government departments, as well as on other accounts like ArcelorMittal South Africa and Afrisam.

Rio Matlhaku - Marketing & PR

Before his foray into Public Relations, Rio worked for a media monitoring service which was later acquired by internationally renowned Marketing Research firm, A C Nielsen. He began working in Public Relations in the early 2000’s at Beachhead Media & Investor Relations, which later became Financial Dynamics. His strength lies in financial public relations, with wide-ranging experience on clients such as Alexander Forbes, Discovery Group, the Financial Planning Institute, Nedbank, Assupol Life, Airports Company of South Africa, Centre for Development and Enterprise, Blue Catalyst and Samancor Chrome, ArcelorMittal SA. Rio was also part of the team that re-launched the South African Competition Commission. Before joining Aprio, Rio was with The Communication’s Firm, which is one of South Africa’s majority black-owned public relations companies with a reputation for its impactful communication strategies for various government departments, as well as on other accounts like ArcelorMittal South Africa and Afrisam.

Rio Matlhaku

 

OUR SUPPORTERS

 

KYP could never do the work it does every day for the children of Kliptown if it was not for the extraordinary generosity of individuals and families from all over the world.  In addition, there are many organizations, foundations, and companies that have helped in the past year to fund our programs or who have donated materials to help us with our mission.  Our deepest gratitude and thanks to every one of you who has helped us reach our goals and bring our dreams to reality through your generous donations of funds, goods, and your valuable time to help us in our work!