YouthCan! helps to empower young people to successfully manage the transition into independent life and the job market.
The YouthCan! partnership is an opportunity for young people who are at risk of losing parental care or who have lost parental care to become ready for the job market and lead successful independent lives.
The lack of decent work and employment opportunities is a challenge faced by many young people in South Africa and around the world. It is particularly daunting for those who cannot count on the networks, resources and guidance of their own families. In many countries, these young people face social and economic exclusion. As a result, they have limited opportunities to access the labour market and embark on their careers.
“Youth unemployment is a huge problem,” said Steve Miller, National Director of SOS Children’s Villages, noting that there are more than two hundred and fifty thousand (250 000) unemployed young people in the country, according to Stats SA. “We want to make sure that young people especially those in the care of an SOS family are prepared to make the leap to independent living. It’s a big task, which is why it’s important we work in partnership with corporates, experts, and young people themselves to achieve it.”
SOS Children’s Villages supports young people in its care through a variety of activities that will enhance their skills and personal development so they can eventually become self-reliant. These include hands-on experience in a real working environment, access to role models and mentors, entrepreneurship training and skills sharing.
“YouthCan! brings together a range of experts on youth development from both civil society and the private sector. We combine our expertise and networks to ensure that young people from disadvantaged backgrounds become contributing members of our society,” continued Steve Miller.
Through partnerships with corporates and support partners, SOS Children’s Villages aims to increase its impact in the lives of young people under their care whilst actively contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals and effectively working to reduce youth unemployment.
About SOS Children’s Villages
SOS Children’s Villages is an independent, non-governmental organisation that advocates for the rights of South Africa’s most marginalised children. We offer loving, family-like care for children and young people who have lost or are at risk of losing parental care. Established in 1984, SOS has eight Children’s Villages and three Social Centres across eight provinces.
Each year our Alternative Care, Family Strengthening and Youth Employability programmes provide life-changing support to children and families across the country.
The Alternative Care model comprises of four principles that include a mother (each child has a caring parent), brothers and sisters (the family ties grow naturally), a house (a secure place to grow up in) and a village (the SOS family is part of the community).
Our Family Strengthening Programme aims to enable children who are at risk of losing the care of their families to grow within a safe family environment within their communities. We work in co-operation with local authorities and other service providers to empower families and communities to effectively protect and care for their children.
If you are interested in an interview with SOS Children’s Villages National Director, Stephen Miller, contact Seithuto Seakgwa on (011) 234 8708 or Seithuto.Seakgwa@sos.org.za to make the necessary arrangements.
Issued by: SOS Children’s Villages South Africa: Seithuto Seakgwa. Tel: +27 (0) 11 234 8708, mobile: +27 (0) 78 338 6537, email: Seithuto.Seakgwa@sos.org.za