We empower youth with 21st century skills and create meaningful opportunities to enable them to become active citizens
13. Financial Sustainability – funding breakdown: please list a quick breakdown of your funding, indicating an estimated percentage that comes from each source.
Individual donations: 1%
Foundation grants: 57%
Corporate contributions: 5%
Earned Income: 37%
15. Growth Strategy: What are your main strategies for scaling your impact?
Through support from the Allan Gray Philanthropy Initiative, we are developing an online platform for the project so that we make our curriculum & parts of our program offering such as access to opportunities freely available to a wider audience beyond those who physically attend classes. Over the next 3 years, our goal is to reach 10 000 youth through the platform, with the first pilot taking place in 2021. Our second strategy is to spread geographically by opening a second branch in the Eastern Cape where we have a team & have identified a physical space where we can run the academy.
16. Activating changemakers: How are you giving people the power to control their own destiny and support other people to become changemakers in their communities?
The academy develops in them the consciousness to create social enterprises or work with the purpose of improving their communities. For eg a student developed a mobile library in her community which has no library; whilst Aviwe went on to work for an NGO: https://southafrica.inspiringfifty.org/aviwe-funani. The internships provide them the opportunity to "pay it forward' by teaching kids in their communities the computer skills they have learnt. These internships are paid, making it possible to provide financially for themselves & their families; restoring their dignity & self-worth.
17. Awards & Recognitions: What awards or recognitions, if any, has the project received so far?
Awarded the 2018 USAID Young Women Transform Prize & invited as panelists at the GYEO Summit (USA); Daily Dispatch Local Heroes Award; the Facebook Community Leaders Program Fellowship; (in partnership with Global Shapers) the #WeSeeEqual Challenge: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1B5YGyFsXctRQjuEYvZvVyzJn1pUvaaoC; and selected to attend the WISE Summit and won the Pitch it! Competition.
18. Tell us about how collaborations and partnerships would enhance the scalability and impact of your project
In-kind donations (venues, expertise etc,) through partners such as Allan Gray have reduced our programmatic costs. In 2019 we successfully collaborated with fhi360 to train 40 youth in KZN & JHB; which enabled us to scale to other regions without having to do the ground work ourselves. Through collaborations & partnerships we would therefore grow geographically, reduce costs & improve the quality of our project