The Young Community Shapers Project is a competition for those who are between the ages of 16 – 26 years, and run a valid and well established community project (at least one year old) that benefits and empowers their community.
The project was established in 2000 and runs on an annual basis, with the objective being to identify, acknowledge and celebrate the work that countless youngsters are doing in their communities. The project also aims to develop rural communities, by helping disadvantaged young people to consolidate their achievements, given their circumstances.
In addition to the criteria mentioned above, each candidate must write an essay (max. 300 words) about their project and the ways in which it is helping their community, the candidate must also ensure that their project fits into one of the sub-categories listed below:
Social Upliftment: Including AIDS & Drug Counselling, Feeding Schemes, Cultural Projects, Nursing etc.
Skills Transfer: For candidates that invest their time in transferring their skills & knowledge on to the youth.
After the closing date of the competition, a strict judging process takes place, which involves the organisers working through many entries from all over the country. The organisers will go on a road show across the country to verify and film potential finalists. At the end of this process 9 finalists are chosen. The finalists will then be transported to Johannesburg and be accommodated for the national final in Johannesburg.
The winner of the Young Community Shapers project will receive a cash prize towards their project in order to build and sustain the work that they are doing in their respective community. The runner up and each finalist receives a cash prize as well.
Raudah Maapola (2018 YCS winner) runs The Joy of Education project. She provides young children in her community with homework support as well as after care so that they have a safe place to stay after school in order to get them off the streets. Her aim is to develop the children into responsible citizen and future leaders. She also provides activities which contribute to physical development and Christian values.
Katlego, or Kat (2017 YCS winner), runs Atlegang Bana Saturday School. Kat is studying to become a teacher and provides teaching support to 14 children every Saturday to help them with their schooling. Katkego also gives of his time and money to help feed these children who often go without food. He uses his laptop to teach the community computing skills.
Bulelani Nameka (2016 YCS winner), along with the assistance of volunteers, helps 50 children between the ages of 9-13 who struggle with reading, writing, spelling and Math’s. His project has led to a drastic improvement in these children’s marks at schools. His ultimate goal is to build better futures for these children as they are the future of the country.
Email Young Community Shapers at: YCS@stream-line.co.za