YOSA was founded in 2015 out of collaborative effort between Astonishment Mapurisa and the Methodist Church of Southern Africa to tackle the challenges hindering many young South Africans from completing their education and taking their place as productive members of society.
YOSA represents a shift from traditional models that view young people as liabilities, to employing a Positive Youth Development approach to capture their talents and abilities and help them achieve their potential.
YOSA after-school activities inspire youth for:
Growing up in extremely difficult circumstances was Astonishment's inspiration to help disadvantaged young people in South Africa to rise above the problems they face and make a positive contribution to their community.
The Anglo-American Chairman's Fund is credited for funding Astonishment's training in Social Entrepreneurship that resulted in this project. His long-established networks with the Methodist Church (local and International) and Qantas Airline crew provided further inspiration and funding; while FNZ (Previously Silica) has become the major YOSA project roll out partner.
We work to establish a socially cohesive society in which all young people succeed and actively participate in the economy.
We grow the movement of ethical and moral young leaders who influence youth thriving in poverty to learn and partake in skills development by instilling in them vision, innovation and entrepreneurial mindsets.
We are building students' mental health and resilience—so that as they grow, they can adapt and handle life challenges through;
Adapted from Search Institute.
YOSA has a multi-disciplinary Board of Governors that is actively responsible for policy decisions and supports management in delivering the organizational promise.
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