Youth Mentorship Programme – Correctional Centres

From 2018 to 2020 the Youth Mentorship Programme was successfully implemented as part of a rehabilitation and reintegration programme in the correctional centres,  Bizzah Makhate (Kroonstad); Polokwane Management Area and Bethal Management Area (Mpumalanga). More than 192 inmates were trained as mentors, and began to change their lives for the better by becoming role models to their cell mates whilst incarcerated, and to children and youth in their communities when released.

Ms Ancy Segobela of Tzaneen – whom Phaphama met in 2019 while she was incarcerated for a violent crime in the Polokwane Management Area – says that the mentorship programme played a significant role in her rehabilitation. The mentorship activities heightened her awareness of the harm violence causes to her and others. As an ex-inmate, she uses her mentorship skills to mentor youth-at-risk in her community. Phaphama provides her with coaching support and she works in liaison with the ward councillor. She believes that this has greatly improved her chances to reintegrate into her community.

Youth mentorship programme – Public Employment Programme

Between 2014 and 2016 Phaphama successfully implemented a Youth Mentorship programme as part of a Public Employment Programme (PEP) work-stream for the Community Works Programme (CWP) in the Gauteng communities of Kagiso, Mohlakeng and Bekkersdal (West Rand) and Erasmus (Tshwane).

The success of this effort resulted in the development of a programme called Westonaria Youth Initiatives (WeYI), which Phaphama implemented in partnership with the Seriti Institute, funded by Claude Leon Foundation between 2016 and 2019. Again, this was implemented as part of the CWP. WeYI integrated the Youth Mentorship programme practice and Seriti’s Football4Youth (F4Y) programme into one work-stream for the CWP sites of Westonaria. The programme trained 189 CWP participants of Westonaria, particularly of Bekkersdal, Simunye, Westonaria Borwa and Zuurberkom. Of these 189, 77 specialised in mentorship and 54 specialised in football (and to an extent netball) coaching and reached at least 5200 children and youth daily.