Written by Nontobeko
I’m Nontobeko Malembe from Moscow and I’m part of Game Changers. Game Changers is a youth empowerment project, which aims to provide 17-24 year olds with job related skills in order to secure employment or training.
My first day at Game Changers was difficult because I didn’t know what was going to happen and what I was going to do, but now it easy because I see where I am going. We have classes about what to do in an interview, knowing your strengths and weaknesses, how to face your challenges, how to write a motivational letter, how to do a presentation, things you need in order to be a good coach, how to plan your goals and we have tasks to improve our English.
We also have learned about the WhizzKids United life-skills programme known as On The Ball (OTB). On The Ball (OTB) teaches us how to relate sport to life. We have sessions on lots of things including goals, teams and positions, HIV and AIDS and also prevention and protection where we relate soccer to life.
I feel like now there’s nothing can stop me from achieving my goals because I know how to deal with my challenges and I know more about life. I can do anything to achieve my goal!
I’m proud to be a Game Changer.
Written by Sonwabile
Growing up with a single parent has not been easy for me. From not being able to have a lunch box to being unable to go to private school, the situation I was living in taught me to face the reality of the world and realise that education is the key to success. However when I finished my matric I was unable to further my studies due to insufficient financial security at home.
But my life changed when I started attending Whizzkids United, and it was a very warm welcome to see how friendly the councillors were. Attending Whizzkids allowed me to see how it works and how they help underprivileged young people. For example they help children from different schools by giving them food parcels to take home and help them with any subjects that they are struggling with. One day I saw a poster about photo journalism and I applied. I was really lucky to be selected as it is a great programme all about cameras, how to use them to take good pictures, how to write good stories and how to make posters.
Then I applied for a programme that changed by my life completely. Game Changers is a programme that aims to provide work related skills to help us increase our chances of employment. The programme will run for a year and it offers lots of opportunities to increase our employability and introduces us to a working environment, as well as giving us a month internship with a local company.
Whizzkids has done more than enough for me. They gave me back purpose and have provided direction for me. They must keep going what they do best. I’m sure that Whizzkids will give many more young people hope, life and most importantly a bright future. I’m one of those young people.