SAYes Youth Mentoring Programmes South Africa

by South African Youth Education for Sustainability
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SAYes Youth Mentoring Programmes South Africa
SAYes Youth Mentoring Programmes South Africa
SAYes Youth Mentoring Programmes South Africa
SAYes Youth Mentoring Programmes South Africa
SAYes Youth Mentoring Programmes South Africa
SAYes Youth Mentoring Programmes South Africa
SAYes Youth Mentoring Programmes South Africa
SAYes Youth Mentoring Programmes South Africa
SAYes Youth Mentoring Programmes South Africa
SAYes Youth Mentoring Programmes South Africa
SAYes Youth Mentoring Programmes South Africa
SAYes Youth Mentoring Programmes South Africa
SAYes Youth Mentoring Programmes South Africa
SAYes Youth Mentoring Programmes South Africa
SAYes Youth Mentoring Programmes South Africa
SAYes Mentee in the UK
SAYes Mentee in the UK

As well as our renewed partnerships in South Africa with Child and Youth Care Centres, SAYes has also been establishing partnerships in the UK.

We are pleased to announce that SAYes has been one of the recipients of funding, as part of the Propel collaboration and Mayor of London's New Deal for Young People.

We have 100 fully-sponsored, volunteer mentor positions available. Mentors (aged 26 and over) receive extensive training and support from SAYes throughout the process.They are assigned a Transition Specialist who will support and guide both them and their mentee, throughout the 9-month mentorship. This equips them as they go on their mentoring journey with a young Londoner, who would benefit from a positive adult role model. Mentors and mentees meet via WhatsApp video call for one hour each week. Times are arranged to suit both mentor and mentee.

We are thrilled to announce that one of the councils we have recently partnered with is Lewisham Council - to provide mentors for young Londoners living in the Lewisham area. This partnership is also in collaboration with Propel and the Mayor of London's New Deal for Young People. We are actively recruiting volunteer mentors to be part of the SAYes and Lewisham e-mentoring programme.

SAYes is also working closely with other London boroughs - watch for more news coming soon!

Remember, as this is an e-mentoring programme, mentors can apply from anywhere in the World. We love that SAYes mentors are truly international!


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A member of the SAYes Alumni
A member of the SAYes Alumni

We've had a busy few months at SAYes and our e-mentoring programmes are going from strengh to strength. We have trained mentors from all over the world, who meet regularly online, with SAYes mentees in South Africa and the U.K.

Meet our Mentees Blog
We love to celebrate the successes of the wonderful SAYes Mentees. We do this on our website blog, where we interview both current and former mentees. As well as getting to meet the young people at the heart of our programmes, it also gives an overview of what each young person has gained from being part of the mentoring process.

For example, since graduating from the programme in 2015, one of the SAYes Ambassadors has campaigned to support young people in her community. She is a mother; youth activist; community worker and volunteer. You can read more about the mentees' SAYes journeys here:

Partnership with Lewisham Council
We are happy to announce that SAYes has a new partnership with Lewisham Council. We'll have some exciting programme news coming soon.

New Talent Pipeline Programme

We have a potential programme and are seeking a partnership with a creative agency specialising in amongst other things: audience facilitation; content creation; social media skills; or digital marketing and communication skills. Contact us to find out more.
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Netto Workshop with some of our mentees
Netto Workshop with some of our mentees


It's been a busy few months - we have lots of new and exciting things happening in the UK and South Africa. Here is an update of what has been happening in South Africa over the last few months:

Netto Workshop
Netto hosted a fantastic workshop for SAYes mentees, in support of The Financial Planning Institute South Africa's MyMoney123 Programme. Their team shared their respective responsibilities at Netto Invest; talked about financial planning; and showed mentees how best to manage their personal budgets.

Mentee profiles
New profiles are added to our website blog each week. In each profile, we learn about mentees, and their journey with our mentoring programme. Recently added, are Gaynor and Paula.

Nike Mentor/Mentee
SAYes continue to work closely with Nike supporting Mentors and Mentees on the Nike e-mentoring programme. We publish their monthly Mentor/Mentee interviews which you can read on our newsletter or on our social media platforms. The first cohort of mentees will graduate soon.

Nike EMEA Partner Summit
We were delighted to be invited to attend the Nike EMEA event at their European HQ. It was great to meet some of the Nike mentors in person.

SAYes Alumni
The Alumni organised another fantastic Making Connection event on the 14th October. They teamed up with Lourdes Cafivela, who talked about what Care Experience looks like in Namibia.

Everyone is welcome to these events. Invitations and links to sign up are posted on our social media, or can be emailed to you.

Child and Youth Care Partnerships
We are looking forward to working with child and youth care partners again in 2023: SOS Children's Villages; South African Children's Home; St George's; St Michael's; Girls and Boys' Town.

Best Wishes and thank you for your continued support.
Michelle Potter
Executive Director and Co-founder, SAYes
Nike EMEA Partner Conference
Nike EMEA Partner Conference
Mentee profiles are uploaded weekly
Mentee profiles are uploaded weekly
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Dear valued supporters

Here is an update on our programmes, which are running only because of incredible people like you.

June was a busy month for SAYes.

In South Africa, we are delighted to be working with St Michael's Child and Youth Care Centre in Cape Town again. St Michael's was one of our first partner children's homes, so we really are thrilled to have reconnected with them and to be providing mentorship support to the young people who are planning to exit the home now that they are approaching 18.

In the UK, our first mentees have graduated from our pilot programme. We have had some great feedback, some of which is "life-changing". More will graduate in the coming months and we will share our full pilot report with you when they have. We are now looking to expand our support to more young care leavers throughout the UK through our local authority partners and through referrals from our graduating mentees.

Loadshedding (power cuts) continue to make online meetings a challenge in South Africa, but we are happy to report that the majority of our mentors and mentees have found a way to continue to meet on a weekly basis. Where there's a will there's a way!

Our Alumni

The most recent 'Making Connection' was hosted by our friends, Isabelle Kirkham and Jack Smith, from the United Kingdom. We heard about the challenges faced by young care leavers in the UK and how they overcome the hurdles they face.
Afterwards, we moved into break out rooms to continue our discussion and learn a bit more about each other.

Our Making Connection events are a great way for people to get together and share experiences with others worldwide. 

Our events are not exclusively for young care leavers - everyone is welcome join. The meetings run regularly via Zoom - so look out on our Social Media sites for news of our next event.

Annual Report 2021

We are delighted to launch our 2021 Annual Report (link below)

Check out our Blog

We have added more interviews to our new website feature 'Meet our Mentees'.

This time, we hear from Langa and Biscoth. Both of them describe the ways that having a mentor allowed them someone to talk to and someone to listen. Keep checking our website blog each week to read more.

Read more here:

As always, if you would like to know more about our work mentoring young people, both in South Africa and the UK, you can email us at

Best wishes,
Michelle Potter 
Executive Director and Co-founder, SAYes


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Welcome to our new feature spotlighting our mentors and mentees.

We have been interviewing our mentors or mentees, and finding out about their SAYes journey. We hope you enjoy learning more about them.

What is your name?

What is/was your role at SAYes? Mentor or Mentee?

What year/s were you in the SAYes programme?
From 2020…

How did you hear about SAYes?
I bought one of Gillian Anderson’s t-shirts for charity on Instagram! It wasn’t until afterwards that I realised the proceeds were for SAYes. It was at the beginning of the pandemic and I found myself with lots of spare time on my hands and had actively been looking for something that I could get involved with. SAYes seemed like the perfect opportunity.

What attracted you to SAYes/What made you sign up?
The principles and values of SAYes really resonated with me. I had also experienced something similar in my youth and knew just how beneficial and meaningful it could be. I wanted to pay it forward.

What concerns (if any) did you have when thinking about signing up?
In previous experience I was used to ‘helping’ people directly and solving problems. I knew mentoring was not like this and wondered if I would be able to switch my mindset. 

What were you hoping to get out of the SAYes programme?
I wanted to learn more about the mentoring role in general and to expand my knowledge. To show up and hopefully make a difference.

Tell us about the challenges you faced in the SAYes programme.
Data and wifi problems have been the biggest challenge so far. You have to get creative!

Tell us about the positives of the programme.
You get to meet some really great people and share experiences. Gaining new or different perspectives is also incredibly valuable.

Anything else you would like to tell us?
SAYes is doing such important work and I’m extremely grateful to be a part of it!

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Location: Cape Town - South Africa
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Twitter: @SAYesMentoring
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