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2013 TIL Graduation

We celebrated our 2013 graduation on Saturday, November 16th at the Protea Breakwater Lodge Hotel in Cape Town. This year we decided to have a joint graduation with Virgin Active who ran a series of teambuilding through life skills workshops

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5 Years of SA-YES

Five years ago this week SA-YES was registered in the UK and subsequently in South Africa. Happy birthday SA-YES! It has been an incredible five years. All we knew when we started was that we wanted to provide support for

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Youth Mentoring Across the Globe

A message from Sabine Schmidt, who runs Friends of SA-YES in Germany. After more than one year of mentoring two young people in a home in Germany I was thinking about the difference between youth mentoring in South Africa and

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College Assessment Month


A great opportunity for our mentees has come available from False Bay College, who invite all prospective students to participate in their 2013 assessment month.

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Why We All Need Mentors

“We all need tutors. I strongly believe that in my life, in terms of self satisfaction in my career, there’s no doubt that it’s due in large part to the fantastic mentors I had. [We] all had something in common—chemistry.

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The Positive Effects of Youth Mentoring

Study finds youth that are mentored are “significantly more confident in their academic abilities and considerably less likely to display behavioural problems.”

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A Film About SA-YES

Earlier this year, Future Media, a film company based in Cape Town, produced a short film about SA-YES. In the film we interviewed some of the young people from the TIL programme and their mentors. We were restricted to filming

Posted in Cape Town, News, The Youth

A Letter of Appreciation

A letter of appreciation from one of the young people in the TIL programme to his sponsor. Dear White and Case LETTER OF APPRECIATION I am grateful that I now proceed with my LLB degree on account of your contribution

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A Volunteer’s Experience

By Francesca Cooke Three months in Africa, five weeks of which were spent in Cape Town. Time flew by, and already I’m back home in the bustling city of London, surrounded by family and friends whom I love, wanting to

Posted in Cape Town, The Youth

Dedicating Time to SA-YES

A note from our intern… Sitting in a coffee shop with Michelle in Kensington, London with the rain pouring down outside in September 2010, I made the decision coming to Cape Town to learn more about SA-YES was exactly what

Posted in Cape Town, The Youth
About SA-YES

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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