IkamvaYouth is a by-youth, for-youth non-profit organisation that enables disadvantaged South African youth to get themselves out of poverty and into university. Its simple but comprehensive model is highly effective, and ensures that learners get the grades, information, skills and support they need to move from secondary to tertiary education.
The project has been running since 2003, and most of the programmes are now managed by ex-learners in the community where it first began. Impressed by IkamvaYouth's significant impact and results (e.g. 92% of last year's grade 12 learners at the Khayelitsha branch are either in university or employed), social entrepreneurs have begun running IkamvaYouth branches in other communities.
Multiple entities (libraries, NGO’s, and schools) have approached us to assist in implementing the IkamvaYouth model, and IkamvaYouth-in-a-Box is the toolkit that will enable them to do so. IkamvaYouth-in-a-Box open sources IkamvaYouth's model, so that anyone who wants to be a part of the learning revolution can implement it at their local library, school or community centre.
The "Box" contains electronic and hardcopy How-to guides and templates, as well as tools for monitoring and tracking, to guide the implementation of IkamvaYouth's programmes and processes. An annual leadership development and training bootcamp will bring all the people who are running IkamvaYouth chapters and wish to do so in the coming year together for a week. The Camp will provide opportunities for experiential learning, skill sharing, personal and community development. A core support team will provide ongoing support and training to new and expanding chapters of IkamvaYouth.