Earlier this year we wrote about 2 of our PPI-SA family members being chosen for the Laureus Youth Empowerment through Sports (YES) pilot program. In the final phase of the program, this group of young leaders was taken to Cape Town for 10 days. As you might remember, only 10 participants were chosen from all over South Africa to participate in this exciting program. PPI-SA is proud to have 2 of our own, Nasiphi Khafu and Andile Msomi, that shined during their time in Cape Town.
Cape Town was all business for Andile and Nasiphi. They worked closely with the Exercise Training Academy (ETA) one of the best sports institutes in South Africa. In order to receive their National Qualifications Framework (NQF) Level 4 Qualification for the Sport Management Skills Program, they had to pass an exam, submit theory, and also plan and execute a real event in their community. They were trained by the Sports Science Institute of South Africa, where they will be accredited with NQF Level 5 facilitation certificates. This means they will be qualified facilitators and can facilitate anywhere in the country.
They also did a training with London based company Active Communities Network , where they learned about leadership, mentoring, and how to be supportive when in the role of the follower. They did training with Children’s Radio Foundation, an organization in Cape Town that works in countries around Africa to help young people tell their stories through radio. The CRF helps youth empower each other by using their stories. The YES leaders were given a professional recording device to do interviews and to help spread amazing stories of youth in sport in SA.
Nasiphi recorded her own story about her experience with basketball, sport, and now as she becomes a leader in the sport for development world. On the last day of the trip, it was announced that 2 of the YES leaders would be going to Barcelona, to represent the YES program in a global summit hosted by the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. The summit will unite all Laureus funded projects from around the world for three days of networking, training, and knowledge sharing. The event will be attended by Laureus staff, Laureus Academy Members, and over 100 ground breaking Laureus projects from 34 nations.
We are happy to announce that Nasiphi Khafu was chosen by her peers and trainers to go to Barcelona to represent the YES program, and PPI-SA. Nasiphi sums up all her hard work, dedication, and passion very simply:
“I believe I was sent to earth to change lives, to make a difference. Through sport I am living my dream.”