You never really understand the importance of a positive role model in a child’s life till you become one.
Children do not need somebody who is perfect to be their role model what they do need is somebody they can trust, somebody who will be there to give them a light push in the right direction when they need it and most importantly they need a role model who is willing to listen and is attentive.
#PITW168 ‘’If You Want to Communicate Powerfully, Tell a Story’’
David Lee (19, 2017) states, “To the servant leader, people are not means to an end. They, are who service leaders serve and by doing so, bring out the best in them.” A service leader is a leadership philosophy in which the main goal of the leader is to serve. Ours is to strive to put the needs of people first and help people develop and perform as highly as possible. As PITW number 72 says “The Highest Form of Leadership at City Year is that of the ‘Servant Leader.’”
According to STATS SA, Q1 of 2019, the current youth unemployment rate for ages 15-24 years is at 55.2%. in response to the youth unemployment crisis and the barriers young people face to access the world of work, City Year created the Amathuba Two Month Internship Programme to assist with transitioning graduates to the world of work and connect them to opportunities and networks they may not have access to on their own.
Charles used to hide his work every day at Tshilidzi Primary School during City Year Children’s Club when we were doing certain lessons or homework help. He made sure he sat in the back so that no one could see what he was writing and even if I asked to see his work, he wouldn’t let me see. I wouldn’t look by force because I didn’t want him to feel ashamed because I could see he has low self-esteem. The other day, I was helping the class with math homework and there he was at the back covering his book and I could see he wasn’t understanding anything because everyone was busying writing and he was just stuck. Read More
Serving is not easy, especially in a big and less resourced school such as Bovet primary school. The worst part is waking up in the morning, whilst you still desire to be sleeping and can’t seem to get rid of the morning fatigue. By the time you leave the house, you try to give yourself some positive self-talk to set the foundation for a productive day. However, by the time you get to the MTN Rank you are already feeling discouraged (traffic and just general public transport services). So imagine starting your day off on that foot. When you finally get to school however, the biggest joy of the day is seeing my learners. What keeps me going is them walking up to me during break supervision or assembly just to come and greet me ‘”Ma’am.’’ And I remember again that it is worth it.
Every July, South Africans hear the call to give back in service to our country in honour of our late President Nelson Mandela. Given the historic connection between the establishment of City Year South Africa and NTata Madiba, it’s a call that the organisation takes to heart, leveraging transformational service as the means for visible and meaningful community engagement. Numerous events took place during the month of July in 2019 including a service day at Tshilidzi Primary School, Lyndhurst Primary school, an Early Childhood Development Centre in Soweto and also included a joint service day with the Obama fellows of 2019 and the Obama Foundation at the Zandspruit Primary School.
The Red Jacket, City Year South Africa’s symbol of a full-time year service commitment, counts on the dedication of young people to help contribute positively to build our country. Fittingly, during the month of June, while we honour youth of the past who opposed the apartheid regime and government that systemically perpetuated injustice on the basis of racial inequality, we celebrated the youth of today who do their part and take their place as caretakers of that hard fought freedom and make a meaningful contribution to the development of their country through a full-time year of service.
On Friday, the City Year South Africa 2014 corps burst through the doors of our event space, generously donated to us by Bain Capital, and got the proceedings started with a truly South African version of City Year’s PT.