The Ebony Park branch matric learners visited the Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA) Midrand Plant to learn how Coca-Cola is manufactured, the staff motivated them and they were informed about post-matric opportunities at CCBSA. The aim of this was to get them to write their final exams with a positive mindset.

One of the learners shared their experience, “I enjoyed the opportunity presented by IkamvaYouth because I learned a lot about my potential upcoming future. We were given information about the bursaries and how I can be employed at Coca-Cola one day. I also appreciate how they welcomed us, how they gave us a tour of their company and gave us information on how the company helps children around the country and how they keep their business going on a daily basis”.

IkamvaYouth SA provides a safe space for learners tobe after class ends, where they receive help with their homework and a host of other services and support to ensure they succeed.

The Ebony Park branch is in The Siyakhula Centre, 49 Boshoff Street in President Park. Imkava Youth’s mission is to enable disadvantaged youth to pull themselves out of poverty and into tertiary education or employment.

In Grade 12, Ikamva Youth ensures learners apply to at least three post-school opportunities, so they enroll in tertiary institutions, learnerships or jobs the following year. When these learners have their matric results, they ensure that they are actually placed in a post-school opportunity. Every learner is supported in applying for a place at a tertiary institution, an internship, or a job.

They also provide computer literacy and e-learning classes and during the winter school they partner with organisations to offer: health, leadership and life skills workshops and media, image and expression workshops.

To join Ikamva Youth programme there are no academic requirements for entry and participation is free of charge. However, in order to keep your place in the programme, you need to meet the attendance requirements.

Visit http://www.ikamvayouth.org for more information.

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