“We believe in supporting our youth, as we stand the chance of a more prosperous society”
The “largest generation of young people the world has ever known” are not empowered to serve as leaders and teachers. Considering the local South African context, according the National Development Plan (NDP) we face high numbers of youth unemployment and as well as poor quality of education and unequal opportunities for children. As the Alternative Prosperity Foundation, we support youth leaders under the gold Youth Development Agency. gold-youth uses the methodology of peer education, which harnesses the influence that young people have on their peers. Youth encourage each other to make informed choices and develop health-enhancing and purpose-driven social norms. gold-youth‘s audacious goal is to develop 10 million young African leaders with character and integrity to mobilise their generation with the knowledge, tools and support to reach their full potential, with concrete results in social behaviour change, education & job creation. gold-youth offers their graduates (called gold Grads) opportunities in further education, workplace internships, entry-level jobs and entrepreneurship ventures.
What has been done
From 2017 to 2021 we funded the gold-youth peer education programme that reaches 3 598 peers, through 1 165 peer educators and 42 facilitator interns in 21 of South Africa’s most vulnerable schools. In 2018 we successfully piloted the Diversity Living and Leadership intervention reaching 33 gold Grads and facilitator interns. This has been followed by the successful implementation of annual Diversity Living and Leadership interventions.
Digital Literacy Series 2021
In 2021, the AP Foundation in collaboration with the gold Youth Development, hosted a Digital Literacy Series. This was the first online Digital Literacy Course rendered. Three training days were identified, with an hour and a half contact online learning time scheduled with the group. The videos below were created by some of the participants as part of the course activities.
Career Development Series 2021
Additionally, the AP Foundation also collaborated with gold Youth and hosted a career development series. This course was also rendered online with two training days identified. Topics covered included:
- CV analysis
- Career planning
- Exploring occupations
- Knowing yourself and using that knowledge to set career goals
Other interventions in 2021
Below is a list of other interventions held throughout the course of 2021:
- Financial literacy series in collaboration with Action Volunteers Africa (AVA)
- Career assessment of a specific cohort of gold Grads
- A gold Grads focus group to hear from our cohort what support they need from us
gold Youth Development Agency reports on their impact on an annual basis. For the latest report please click on the link below.