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!
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: https://sayesmentoring.org/meet-our-mentees-new-regular-feature/
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Executive Director and Co-founder, SAYes