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The First Key Transition Outcome Workshop, 2016

On Saturday 12 March SAYes held its first Key Transition Outcome (KTO) workshop. This workshop focused on the achievement domain of Education and Learning which introduced the mentees and mentors (the matches) to various possibilities available to them when engaging

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Cherry’s First Meeting With Her Mentee

I approached our first meeting with an entirely open mind. I knew not to get carried away by thoughts of how other mentors have experienced this journey, or to dwell on my own expectations. Still, I was blown away. She’s

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Cherry Prepares To Meet Her Mentee

Yesterday, I was able to meet with one of the caregivers at the children’s home where my mentee stays in Woodstock. The caregiver provided me with useful background information about the home. We went over the house policies, and I

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Mentor Cherry Reports Her Successful Match

Last week, following the SAYes TIL training, I was sent an email congratulating me on a successful match with a young woman. The email included the young woman’s name, age and the partnering home where she stays. When I opened

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SAYes Mentor Training, 20 February 2016

Over the weekend, I attended the final SAYes training of 2016 for prospective mentors who, along with me, had been through the application process and would soon be matched with a mentee. The training was held on a sunny Saturday

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Introducing a SAYes Mentor for 2016

Hello! My name is Cherry, and I’m taking over the SAYes blog for the year. I’ll be writing about my experience as a first‑time SAYes mentor, and I’ll use this space to reflect on both the easy and challenging parts

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The First Self-Evaluation and Development Workshop of 2016

The first of the SAYes Self-Evaluation and Development (SED) workshops of 2016 was held on 30 January. This was the first occasion when each mentee and mentor pair met as a match. The workshop briefly introduced the mentees and mentors

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The SAYes Matching Days 2016

The SAYes Matching Days of 2016 were held on 23 and 24 January for both the Southern and Northern suburbs of Cape Town. On a Matching Day mentees meet the prospective mentors of the SAYes Transition to Independent Living (TIL)

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Mentor Training, January 2016

The SAYes Transition to Independent Living (TIL) youth mentoring programme of 2016 started on Saturday 9 January. A day of presentations and activities for 30 prospective mentors was held at Marsh Memorial Homes in Rondebosch. One of the activities, and

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Mentees and Mentors Share Their Experience of Youth Mentoring

Life-Changing Experiences Revealed in new SAYes Documentary In the latest documentary from SAYes, the mentees and mentors in the SAYes Transition to Independent Living (TIL) programme of 2015, share their experience. There are short interviews with Michelle Potter, co-founder and

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SA-YES was founded in 2008 to offer much-needed support and guidance for children and young people in South Africa.

We provide youth leaving children's homes with guidance that will enable them to develop their skills, further their education and source suitable housing, in order for them to participate in society as independent, mature, responsible adults.

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