The brainchild of Port Elizabeth doctor Jeff Govender and NMMU professor Darelle van Greunen – Famhealth-NMMU Youth Leadership Academy – saw the third group of young northern areas leaders graduate from the 10-week leadership programme.
The Famhealth-NMMU Youth Leadership Academy, which started in 2012, is a comprehensive leadership programme, based on volunteerism that seeks to nurture ethical, competent and visionary leaders for future positive transformation.
The 2014 course culminated in the Awards Evening at Famhealth Medipark on 24 January. Since its inception, nearly 50 young community leaders have gone through the programme.
Intent on developing young minds who will lead projects to combat social issues that plague impoverished Gelvandale and Helenvale, Dr Govender and Prof Van Greunen hope to mould future adults who are committed to making a difference in their community.
Nineteen grade 11 learners received certificates for attending more than 60% of the 25 sessions conducted over nine months during 2014 with Clarinda Cherry receiving a double gold certificate and awards for her 100% attendance of the sessions.
Every year the Academy invites high schools to select Grade 11 learners with leadership potential to enrol on the course.
Nominations forms to schools will be distributed in February to commence with the programme in March.
“We are adding more components – an introduction of an Arts and Culture Awareness and appreciation programme for Grade 10 learners as well as a community computer facility.
“The computer facility opens on 2 February and will also have online Maths tutors to support learners of all ages with their math problems. The lab will also include software to assist and support persons with disabilities,” says Prof van Greunen.
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