My name is Kaydo, I love working with people especially youth. I have years of experience in facilitation. I have worked with children, youth and adults running age appropriate workshops and trainings. I am very passionate about the development of young people, unleashing their potentials to the best of their ability.
I have started an initiative called Mandela Park United Youth Initiative (MPUYI) where I focus on implementing programmes for young people to train and develop their soft skills through the Work Readiness Programme. In my community we have spaces to build centres of excellence but we have no funding for it. I have made contact with one of the local church for permission to use their building for our programmes in the meantime. after submitting a formal letter they responded granting us the permission to implement our programmes. We don't have computers and our own secured venue at the moment and we want to raise the funds for that. We need at least 20 computers and the young people can share until we are fully equipped. Ultimately we are looking at getting 40 computers though we want to get there one step at a time.
In the midst of South Africa’s national youth unemployment crisis, the Work Readiness aims to ensure that young people have opportunities open to them, and are supported to become productive, economically active members of the society. The problem that Work Readiness responds to is that too many youth in my community, become unemployed young adults trapped in a cycle of poverty and economic dis-empowerment. Despite legislated efforts to promote child and youth development, a gap between policy and implementation persists. Young people continue to struggle to access the economy.
● Unemployment in South Africa is worst among youth (15-34 years). The youth unemployment rate is 39%6 .
● 30% of the 10.3 million young people, between 15 and 24 years old, are not in education, employment or training
1. 20 Young people complete a 1 month programme (Work Readiness Programme).
2. Young people are added to a recruitment database and targeted for further opportunities.
3. Young people are exposed to work experience.
4. Young people prepare for entering or re-entering the
5. Young people have the soft skills and motivation
required for navigating the labour market.
1. Young people are economically empowered by
successfully gaining employment or self-employment.
Work Readiness was highly participatory and expose candidates to a 2 month-long half-day curriculum that introduced the following:
1. Work skills
2. People skills
3. Managing money skills,
4. Basic computing skills
5. Entrepreneurship skills
My vision is that youth become productive economically. A productive youth in the context of Work Readiness is a young person, between the ages of 18 and 35 who is on a path towards economic empowerment. They are either furthering their learning, strengthening job-related skills, employed or self-employed. This young person is actively working towards building a career, and a sustainable livelihood for themselves and their families.