Youth of the Year

Boys & Girls Clubs of South Africa’s Youth of the Year Programme honours and celebrates our most inspiring kids and their incredible journeys. It recognizes outstanding leadership, service, academic excellence, and dedication to living a healthy lifestyle.  These amazing young people represent the voice and spirit of hope for South Africa’s youth, inspiring all kids to lead, succeed, and to inspire.  They exemplify our mission, and our goal is to honor their hard work with recognition.

Meet our 2016 Youth of the Year:
Youth of the Year Teen Winner

“I’ve learned that every obstacle can be overcome with the right support.” – Zozuko

Zozuko, 18
Boys & Girls Club of Pimville

Life was not always easy for Zozuko. He faced low self-esteem issues amongst peers, financial strain at home, academic challenges, grief from the loss of a loved one and overall stress as a result of all these factors. As he continued coming to the Boys & Girls Club of Pimville, he learned that obstacles can be overcome with the right attitude and support. Zozuko is now applying for tertiary and volunteering around the Club, after matriculating with his 2016 class.

Elizabeth Tiheli

“In life you always need to stay positive.” – Elizabeth

Elizabeth, 12
Boys & Girls Club of Pimville

From the first time that you see Elizabeth, you are met with bright eyes and a huge smile. Always. However this is not indicative of a child without challenges, but of a child of strong character. There were times where she had to walk long distances to get to school, and times where she felt ostracized at a new school. She overcame all this while maintaining a positive attitude. At the Club she’s known for her sense of humour and her willingness to always lend a helping hand.

Sipho

“I feel safest when I’m at the Club.”
– Sipho

Sipho, 13
Boys & Girls Club of Protea Glen

What is striking about Sipho is his respectful demeanor. When you talk to him you immediately pick up his appreciation for the Club. His face lights up when he talks about his career aspirations – he wants to be an accountant. For this reason, his attendance and involvement in the programs at the Club have been impressive. This young man appreciates the Club because he feels safe and he sees his peers being involved in risky behaviours outside. That is not the life that he has envisioned for himself.

Thandolwethu

“I love everything about the Club. I have a lot of fun here.” – Thandolwethu

Thandolwethu, 12,
Boys & Girls Club of Protea Glen

If you are looking for a team player, Thandolwethu is your girl. She has been an eager participant joining many programs and her enthusiasm has not waned. A hardworking young lady with a determined attitude. This is also evident in her academic achievements and the way that she helps her peers during Power Hour. When the Staff speak of her, it is with admiration of her hands-on approach to all that she does and her acts of service all round. She truly does us proud.

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