Aqeefah Matroos and Sethu Ngqva join us on behalf of AV Africa, an NPO that connect the youth to opportunities through volunteering which equips them with the necessary skills to become successful. AVA has played an active role in advocating for the large scale use of volunteering as a means to address our growing unemployment in youth.
The organisation was started by Lisa Gerson in 2012 and is Based in Wynberg and runs a program called (Year Beyond) that recruits youth to do volunteer work in both high school and primary schools to help children with Maths and English. It also assists learners with Homework Support in various other subjects that volunteers are knowledgeable in such as business studies, physical fitness, science, accounting etc.
Aqeefah highlights that the programme is not aimed at restricting the children but rather to make them comfortable enough to find and be themselves. She joyfully recalls the loving interaction she and her colleagues experience with the children and says it is an indescribable feeling when seeing the children succeed. Sethu Ngqiva, who started off the programme as a volunteer in 2016, describes how much it helped her grow and develop a passion for the children she reaches.
Over 90% of the youth who have passed through their programmes have managed to secure further opportunities for work or full time study and are firmly on the path towards sustainable careers.
To get involved you should be between 18-25 years of age, possess a Matric Certificate and have 50% for Mathematics and 50% Language. The organisation aims to unlock the potential of youth and equip volunteers with the confidence, skills, experience and networks they need to actively engage in building a better South Africa.
To get into contact with them simply go to their website on:
www.actionvolunteersafrica.org.za ; go to the Year Beyond Programme to download an application and apply
Produced by: Khusi Veto and Tauhierah Salie
Written by: Tauhierah Salie