KYP NEWS UPDATE
Dear KYP Friends,
Greetings from all of us at KYP! We’re excited to share this update on some of the latest developments at KYP, all thanks to your support! We hope you’ll find joy and pride in seeing the progress made possible by your generous support. In this newsletter you'll learn about our new university graduates, KYP’s recent internet upgrade, our recent alumni reunion, new staff development achievements, the 2019 seniors, who are inspired by the 2018 matric results, and Mr. and Miss KYP 2019. Please follow us on all our social media networks to keep up with future happenings at KYP, and many thanks again for keeping our vital work going!
On May 1st, we held our first KYP Alumni Reunion, inviting all the young people who have been part of our tutoring program and were beneficiaries of opportunities provided by KYP from 2008 to 2018. This event aimed to help us track our Alumni and gain a clear picture of what they are doing now and how best we can help those who are still unemployed or have no marketable skills.
We were thrilled at the great turn-out for the event and the inspiring speeches given by some of our Alumni. Everyone had the opportunity to interact and exchange knowledge and ideas for helping KYP provide opportunities to enable other Kliptown youth to rise out of poverty. It was a successful day and a great way to revive connections with and among our Alumni, who are already looking forward to the next event on the 26th of October 2019.
NEW UNIVERSITY STUDENTS
Please join us in offering big congratulations to our recent university graduates! Letsika Sebakeng (pictured above) completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering and is currently a junior civil engineer at Themba Consultants, which supported his university education.
Khanyisile Sineke graduated with an Industrial Engineering degree and is now pursuing a BTech qualification in the same field. Nomusa Mthembu successfully completed a National Diploma in Human Resources and is now pursuing a BTech with a Human Resources specialization. These degrees will position them for good jobs enabling them to change their own lives and help their families as well.
Their examples inspire dozens of younger KYP students and motivate us to work even harder to ensure that more students have the opportunity to follow in their footsteps!
STAFF DEVELOPMENT ACHIEVEMENTS
Our team continues developing our professional skills through various opportunities offered by KYP to empower staff members. Thando Bezana and Monwabisi Baleni successfully completed a tour guiding course which qualifies them as professional tour guides in Soweto.
Tshepo Tabohane and Siyabonga Bukhwele on our IT team recently completed certificates in graphic design at City Varsity. Tshepo and Siya also facilitate our computer literacy courses and will be offering the new skills they acquired to the students who attend our classes.
Thanks to our generous donors, KYP has been able to boost support for key activities with a recent upgrade in our internet speed and the acquisition of a new network called RAIN, which greatly expanded our internet capacity. We can now run 100 devices on the network at once, which enables our after-school students in different classes to access the internet at the same time from a variety of devices. We now have desktops, laptops, Chromes, and tablets for members to use for their online programs and school research. These improvements bring us much closer to our goal of bridging the technology gap in Kliptown, a huge challenge for so many disadvantaged communities like ours.
MR AND MISS KYP 2019
This year we held our first Mr & Miss KYP competition, which included separate contests for the foundation (kindergarten) phase, intermediate (middle school) phase and the high school phase.
The centre was filled with nervous but enthusiastic contestants and excited community members. The children looked dazzling in their formal wear and KYP gear. The judging was based on their confidence, personality, and answers to questions about KYP. Those judged to have the best responses won the title of Mr or Miss KYP, while the rest were recognized for their participation in the contest. There were also performances from different artists in the community, and of course our very own gumboots and ladies dancers were up on the stage.
It was a beautiful event that brought the community together and filled the centre with pride and love for the children!
2019 SENIORS INSPIRED BY 2018 RESULTS
2019 started with the amazing news that our 2018 grade 12 students achieved a 93% pass rate on their matric exams! These results gave great encouragement to our 27 2019 seniors -- which was crucial, as this is our largest group of seniors in a long time. Our team has worked very hard to motivate our learners to stay in the program and remain focused on their school work, and these efforts have clearly paid off. Please join us in wishing our current seniors well as they begin to write their preliminary examinations and prepare for the matric exams in late October and November.