In 2012, PPI-SA was fortunate to be involved in the pilot of the Laureus YES (Youth Empowerment through Sport) Program. In the program’s debut, 11 young leaders from all over South Africa were selected for a 6-month pilot project aimed at empowering young people to use sport as a tool to promote positive change in their lives and communities. Two of those participants were PPI-SA coaches.
The program’s pilot year was an incredible success. Participants took part in accredited trainings such as IT assessment and introduction, mentorship, facilitation, entrepreneurship, sports project management and finance, and crime prevention through sport (including community cohesion). They worked closely with the Exercise Training Academy (ETA) one of the best sports institutes in South Africa, the Sports Science Institute of South Africa, and 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.
Based on the success of the pilot program, Laureus decided to more than triple the size of this year’s class. This year’s applicants were required to first submit a written application. Based on the written applications, Laureus chose 80 applicants to advance to the next round of the process, which included a phone interview. After the phone interviews, 36 applicants were chosen to take part in this year’s program.
PPI-SA is proud to announce that, of the 36 young leaders selected for the program nationwide, 9 of them are current coaches for PPI-SA. That’s 25% of this year’s YES participants, and over 50% of our coaches on staff! We are proud to be producing well-rounded and successful coaches that can take what they have learned at PPI-SA into the greater sport for development community in South Africa.
The YES program is a fun, inspirational, and engaging experience for our coaches that builds confidence, nurtures leadership and professional skills, and increases knowledge in a variety of areas. We are so excited for our coaches to have this opportunity to grow and develop as future leaders in their communities and beyond.
Here are the list of our coaches who were selected and the areas they currently coach in PPI-SA:
Yamkela Nako Wentworth
Sifso Mchunu Wentworth
Sifiso Mthembu Molweni
Sanele Zondi Molweni
Eddy Bishogo City
Sanele Mthembu City
Sbahle Mkhize City
Sebenzile Dladla Umlazi
Thobekile Bhengu Umlazi