TRANSFORMING COMMUNITY

Because one Life filled with dignity, purpose and hope can impact a whole community

OUR FOCUS AREAS

EDUCATION

We equip and raise up the leaders of tomorrow through education to transform the lives of learners, as well as their families. .

SKILLS

Providing opportunities through skills development where unemployed youth can learn social, vocational and job readiness skills. Our skills development programme empowers youth with the necessary tools to generate an income and rise above poverty.

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ENTERPRISE

We engage youth with advanced skills training internships and on-the-job training in industry. We aim to see youth employed and empowered with the skills and networks for a lifetime of work.

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ENTREPRENEURSHIP

We incubate youth-owned micro-businesses to create local employment through one-on-one mentorship and coaching. The Sozo Foundation provides an incubation hub space for internet access, business training and workshops to increase the chance of success and growth of these businesses.

OUR MODEL

LIFE SKILLS

Life Skills, also referred to as ‘employability skills’, are those that are completely transferable between industries and occupations. They are often what employees lose jobs on. We teach the students skills of goal setting, financial management, sexual and emotional health, timekeeping and communication. We also address themes of Resilience, Teamwork, and Leadership.

JOB SHADOWING​

We provide real, marketplace experience for our students. This is often the first time our students have been in a real job environment. We have built a network of partnerships for job shadowing opportunities with local businesses and companies. Often these businesses offer our students jobs upon graduation.

VOCATIONAL SKILLS SCHOOLS​

Our six months of vocational skills courses are vital to entry-level access to the job market for our students. The majority of our students have been out of schooling or education for many years. We provide them with employable skills through our in-depth training with expert trainers, as well as peer-to-peer learning.

JOB READINESS​

During this phase of our programme, we assist our students with developing an up to date resume with which to apply for jobs. Students engage in job searching, interview preparation and practice. We have engaged a variety of community partners and businesses to help implement this phase.
OUR MISSION: TO SEE ALL THE YOUNG ADULTS IN VRYGROND IN EDUCATION, EMPLOYMENT OR TRAINING.

THE CHALLENGES

YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT IN SOUTH AFRICA IS ONE OF THE HIGHEST IN THE WORLD, WITH A CURRENT RATE OF

68%

(Expanded youth unemployment rate. Statistics South Africa Labour Force Survey 2019)

SOUTH AFRICA’S MATHS & SCIENCE EDUCATION WAS RATED AS THE WORST OUT OF 148 COUNTRIES.

(World Economic Forum, 2014. Global Competitiveness Report for 2014–2015)
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BECAUSE OF THESE OBSTACLES, 52% OF LEARNERS IN SOUTH AFRICA DROP OUT OF SCHOOL, LEAVING WITHOUT ANY FORMAL EDUCATION.

(Department of Basic Education, Republic of South Africa, 2015)

POOR EDUCATION IS NOT THE ONLY ISSUE. YOUTH IN SOUTH AFRICA FACE A MULTITUDE OF CHALLENGES THAT PREVENT THEM FROM SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETING THEIR PRE-TERTIARY EDUCATION.
POVERTY
UNSAFE SPACES
LACK OF RESOURCES

THE EFFECTS OF THE EDUCATION CRISIS

YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT

Over 50% of 15 to 24 year-old’s in South Africa are unemployed (World Economic Forum, 2014. Global Risk 2014).

LOSS OF IDENTITY

With no means to gain employment and stuck in a cycle of poverty, youth become disillusioned about their future.

GANG CULTURE

Gang culture attracts unemployed youth, trapping them in a cycle of crime and violence.

DRUG & ALCOHOL ABUSE

With few opportunities for a better future combined with poor role models, youth are easily influenced to abuse drugs and alcohol.