You(th) empowerment

You(th) empowerment

You(th) empowerment

You(th) empowerment

Our approach to You(th) empowerment

South Africa’s mammoth unemployment challenge that faces mostly young people needs innovative and sustainable thinking to make a visible difference. We’ve empowered our Corporate Social Investment team through the Momentum Group Foundation to concentrate on finding workable and sustainable solutions to place young people into gainful jobs. Our broad-based, holistic approach is delivering successful and far-reaching results.

Funding criteria

Because of the magnitude of the problem and the scope creep in trying to address it, we have put down certain parameters to ensure a focused approach. Our investment should deliver a sustainable job or income generating activity for young people. To achieve this, we prioritise partnerships and programmes who/which:

  • Support the journey to employment: recruitment to placement and career support.
  • Focus on the youth segment 16 to 25.
  • Offer accredited programmes.
  • Are innovative and invest in the sustainability of their organisation.
  • Are registered non-profits in good standing.
  • Base their responses on community engagement and research.

Our partners

We care about youth unemployment and that’s why we prioritise projects and partners that support their journey to employment. This means we focus on programmes from partners where there's a clear, intentional flow from recruitment, technical training, psychosocial support and self-development to job placement, entrepreneurship, and career or business mentoring and support.

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Life Choices Coding Academy

Life Choices gives young people from the Cape Flats and surrounding areas the opportunity to learn to code while undergoing personal development through a 12-month boot camp.

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Ubuntu Pathways

The Jobs Skills Training Programme (JST) was launched in 2016 under Ubuntu Pathways. The programme follows a market-driven training model, training youth in various trades depending on the available job opportunities.

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The WeThinkCode model promises a faster way to mint coding talent on the scale required to leapfrog the economy to a productive digital backbone. Coding skills are highly in demand, and this skill will continue to unlock employment opportunities for young South Africans.

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The Faith Mangope Technology and Leadership Institute

The Faith Mangope Technology and Leadership Institute was established to align Africa’s youth, particularly women, with a working environment governed by the 4th Industrial Revolution and expose them to global opportunities and participation in the ICT Sector.

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Agri Enterprises

Agri Ent was established by Agri South Africa to pioneer the future of the agricultural industry. The project’s objective is to create a vertically integrated structure that empowers female entrepreneurs within the agriculture sector.

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My Dough

My Dough provides a platform that offers sales opportunities, fast and efficient funding and other resources to accelerate growth for youth owned enterprises across the country.

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National Business Initiative

The IRM Initiative, works with TVET colleges, to institutionalise a demand led skills development initiative, that supports unemployed young people with the necessary skills and on-the-job training, that enables their transition to employment.

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Deviare aims to provide 10 young black females with training in Cyber Security. The program includes online self-paced learning, live virtual classes, assessments, customised reporting, certificates of completion, work readiness, and subsequent job placement.

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Explore AI

Explore AI Academy’s bespoke data science and engineering qualifications are aligned to not only address scarce and critical skills as part of SA’s national skills development framework, but to ensure the highest possible change for employment of our youth. 

Youth day initiatives

We partner with young people and NPOs to bring solutions to the obstacles the youth encounter. We aim to prepare the youth for the working world, and equip them with skills and knowledge to empower them in their careers.

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