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3 years ago
Kabelo Molamudi

Tembisa clean-up campaign @Mashemong Park.


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3 years ago
Colin Shaun

I'm Colin Jacobs founder and Chairperson of Paarl Youth Social Club (PYSC) formerly Paarl Youth Sports Social Club (PYSSC) is a registered Non-Profit Organisation 209-448 NPO! That seeks to unite the unemployed youth through street sports and organised them into social conscious programs.


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3 years ago
Moatlhodi Lof

I'm Moatlhodi Lof from Kuruman, Northern Cape. I have been involved in organizations within my area such as Action Aid and Activate Change Drivers. I love to serve my community and country and I want to see change?


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3 years ago
ester khumalo

As a young person I'm faced with a lot of things in my life and, running away is never an option I have to face them and find a way out, it was so difficult in my life to access opportunities but, ever since I found out about my hands and hearts my life changed. As a volunteer I like to encourage the youth out there that do not sit and relax wait for opportunities to come into their houses. No you need to stand up and find these opportunities. I've been in my hands and hearts for three years now, believe me when I say I'm enjoying a lot and I'm looking forward to work with them into the future. Volunteering has helped me bag a learniship, which I am currently doing. Had it not been for my appetizing CV which mainly included volunteer experience I doubt I would have been selected. I have learnt a lot through volunteering, it has helped me grow my network, learn new skills. You would not believe it if I told you how shy I was but, through volunteering especially with the NYDA ambassador project, I have learnt to address large groups of people and my communication skills have grown unbelievably. You should also volunteer, trust me you will not regret it.


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3 years ago
Mpho Khaphetsi

Being faced with many challenges as a young person, there was a time when everything just seemed impossible. For many years I tried to apply for work but nothing worked out. I felt like giving up but NYDA came along and changed my life eternally. I volunteered for an NYDA project under an organization called my hand and heart and in my days of volunteering, I have learned lot of things and connected with lot of people this gave a huge boost to my network, I am proud to say I am now working and studying and this wouldn't be possible if it wasn't for NYDA for opening doors for me. I'm very grateful to it and may it continue with their great work.


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3 years ago
mpho mofokeng

I joined My Hands and Heart 4 years ago as a young person who likes volunteering and doing community work. I have since been doing different programs with them and the NYDA, and its been wonderful. Volunteering has really opened many doors for me as I am also running a youth NPO called Life 4 U Foundation. I have met a lot of people while working with the NYDA who have done a lot to help our youth. I have gained skills which I transferred to the youth we are working with. Therefore I am always grateful to such initiatives that encourage youth volunteering.


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3 years ago
Kamogelo Sharron Thoka

Having being faced with the difficulty of finding employment as an inexperienced graduate. I tried over and over to apply for Work Integrated Learning with different companies however, my efforts yielded to nothing. I then decided to go back to school, this too was an impossible mission as I was told that I needed to at least have some sort of experience. I then remembered that I was part of a volunteer project that was rolled out by My hands and heart on behalf of the National Youth Development Agency, that along with some volunteering I did a few years ago with My hands and heart helped me get admission for my B tech application in Public relations management at the Tshwane University of Technology. I have never thought that volunteering would benefit me to this extent, I must say that I am very aware of the benefits of volunteering, I advice all young people to take up volunteering.


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3 years ago
Mpho Nyaka

#Prisms2019: Meet young judge Makoma Maponya BY: JESSICA TENNANT In the run-up to the 22nd Prism Awards taking place on Sunday, 14 April, we chatted to this year's cohort of young judges about their fresh approach to the judging process. In this series of interviews, we find out what they’ve learnt working alongside the cluster judges and what their young minds bring to the table. “This year’s young judges’ entries far exceeded expectation. The selected group is proof that there’s an array of diverse and young talent in this industry and that they have a lot to offer,” says co-convenor and founder of the Prisms Young Judges initiative, Palesa Madumo, executive director of strategy at Vuma Reputation Management. Here, our interview with Makoma Maponya, stakeholder liaison at Reputation Matters.. What does this recognition and opportunity mean to you? Being recognized as a Prism Young judge plays into my journey in the industry coming full circle. I say this because I have been following the Prism Awards for a long time and just over a year ago, I was writing my very own entry for the Student Campaign of the Year category. This year, sitting on the other side as a Young Judge is an opportunity to continue learning and have a say in the future of an industry that I am incredibly passionate about. Briefly tell us about your experience in the industry. Before my current position in the reputation management space, I spent most of my time doing volunteer work and interning to gain experience. Now I am a master’s student and full-time stakeholder liaison who works from home. This means that I am able to manage client research and communication across various platforms, study and work on Teach A Girl Foundation, which I founded in 2016. Each day comes with learning skills that have never come naturally to me as an extrovert who works remotely but I am confident that I am exactly where I need to be and I am putting in the work needed to get to where I want to be. Comment on the judging process. The judging process is a great learning experience as we individually assess each entry against the set criteria before meeting the cluster judges to discuss the campaigns and reflect on our scores and comments. Reviewing the entries in a group environment has made me appreciate and respect the work that goes into creating the campaigns as well as the different views of every judge that is involved. What has the response been to this year’s entries? It is exciting to see how the awards continue to attract a large number of entries that showcase the amazing talent and constant growth within the industry. What makes the winning work stand out? The winning entries show total dedication to the craft and go above and ticking the boxes of traditional PR by having quantifiable objectives and that special 'X factor'. Prisa also introduced the Student Campaign of the Year in 2016. Why do you think it’s important that PR students are included in such initiatives? As a recipient of a silver award in the Student Campaign of the Year in 2018, I can say that being acknowledged for applying the theory that we are taught as students makes way for endless opportunities as we enter the world of work. What do you think young minds bring to the table? Young minds bring a sense of knowledge of what’s going on around us digitally and culturally. In addition to what we think we know, we are also aware that there is a lot that we don’t know, so bring questions, which is very important because we are all learning as we go along. What have you learnt working alongside the cluster judges? What really sets the Prism Awards apart is the judging process, which is designed to create a positive learning environment for everyone involved. Working alongside judges who have years of experience has taught me that there is more than one way to look at almost everything that is in front of you. Comment on the past, present and future state of PR. PR is going digital but no matter how much the vehicles we use evolve, the messages will always be rooted in the idea of building mutually beneficial relationships between brands and their audience. The present and future state of PR is moving towards sustainability and purpose as many organisations are driven by younger generations who are breaking the mould and creating content that matters. What would the title of Prisms Young Judge for the 2019 awards mean to you? The title of Prisms Young Judge for the 2019 awards is a huge honour and it means that I am part of a network of highly-respected communication practitioners who I can easily connect with for many years to come. What are you most looking forward to in terms of this year’s Awards? Anyone that has come across my #PrismYoungJudge entry tweet knows that I couldn’t attend the awards last year so I can hardly contain my excitement as we approach the gala event. The entire experience has been incredible but I am really looking forward to meeting the people who are leading the way in communication and PR.


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3 years ago
watson buhle nyembe

For the past 10 years I have been running and developing childcare and youth development projects. I can confess it is not an easy passion and task to take own, sometimes it hurts, depresses one's spirit but, at the end it brings joy and enlightenment when I see the children and youth under our care growing into responsible beings. Given their social and everyday challenges they have been grown. I'm glad to have witnessed within this life journey that no matter how challenging or hard it is within most of our societies, if our children and youth are given a proper foundation that will instill positive knowledge, wisdom, skills within a healthy competitive environment, they can grow into responsible beings and help with restoration and growth of a healthy society, environment and economy


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3 years ago
Sabie Madubela

Some of us are trying from afar, we fall, get up and go forward to building a generation that gives a hand to each other, shaping the children to stay away from pregnancy, helping them to understand that pregnancy can be done at a later stage. As they already know, the aim is to make them understand, so they can stop taking that ticket to poverty, closing opportunities from as early as finishing secondary school. Once the seed is planted, they will be each others motivators & send the elevator down. As hard as it is, It is possible that is why I am working on it. Keep up the good work.


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