Support a class of at-risk South African children

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Support a class of at-risk South African children
Support a class of at-risk South African children
Support a class of at-risk South African children
Support a class of at-risk South African children
Support a class of at-risk South African children
Support a class of at-risk South African children
Support a class of at-risk South African children
Support a class of at-risk South African children
Support a class of at-risk South African children
Support a class of at-risk South African children
Support a class of at-risk South African children
Support a class of at-risk South African children
Support a class of at-risk South African children
Support a class of at-risk South African children
Support a class of at-risk South African children
Support a class of at-risk South African children
Support a class of at-risk South African children
Support a class of at-risk South African children
Support a class of at-risk South African children
Support a class of at-risk South African children
Support a class of at-risk South African children
Support a class of at-risk South African children
Support a class of at-risk South African children
Support a class of at-risk South African children
Support a class of at-risk South African children
Support a class of at-risk South African children
Support a class of at-risk South African children
Support a class of at-risk South African children
Support a class of at-risk South African children
Support a class of at-risk South African children
Support a class of at-risk South African children
Support a class of at-risk South African children
Support a class of at-risk South African children
Support a class of at-risk South African children
Support a class of at-risk South African children
Support a class of at-risk South African children
Support a class of at-risk South African children
Support a class of at-risk South African children
Support a class of at-risk South African children
Support a class of at-risk South African children
Support a class of at-risk South African children
Support a class of at-risk South African children
Support a class of at-risk South African children
Support a class of at-risk South African children
Support a class of at-risk South African children
Problem solving skills through puzzles
Problem solving skills through puzzles

Dear Friends of YOUPSA,

We hope you enjoy this brief update, stories and photos about our work. Since you last heard from us, a lot has happened! Schools in South Africa re-opened in mid-January. The children were so excited to start the YOUPSA programs this year.

In rural South African schools children rarely have the opportunity to learn about and experience problem solving. What a great joy it has been for them to have the time, space and materials to build their problem solving skills by using a beautiful wooden Tetris puzzle! They just didn't want to stop.

We also introduced many Grades to musical hand instruments and allowed them to experiment. The kids that YOUPSA works with have no exposure to musical opportunities. YOUPSA uses music and instruments to build listening skills, sense of rhythm and coordination, and to improve group dynamics.

Can you imagine the excitement of making a mask for the first time? Each child chose a different animal they wanted to be. They were so proud and happy to have the opportunity to make their very own mask and wear it. Those who are normally shy to speak began speaking more openly and confidently during our language-building activities when they were wearing their masks.

Thanks to your kindness, these and many other exciting activities that ignite the inner spark in children will be possible this year!

We've also been raising awareness about YOUPSA's need for a more suitable vehicle, so that we can continue to bring our programmes to the remote rural schools. Our current vehicle is a 2007 sedan on its last legs! If you are interested to know more about this story, please look here: Vehicle project.

We'd love to hear from you!

Warm regards,

the YOUPSA Team

Enjoying musical instruments
Enjoying musical instruments
Mask making adventure
Mask making adventure
Creative Youth Empowerment Volunteer Training
Creative Youth Empowerment Volunteer Training

Dear Friends of YOUPSA,

We hope you enjoy this brief update, stories and photos about our work.

In October YOUPSA started its Literacy Volunteer Training and Creative Youth Empowerment Volunteer Training. We had participants come from all over the Gamtoos Valley area to take part in these personal and professional development programmes. During these trainings volunteers learned to lead workshops for children and youth to unfold their potential and promote literacy in their communities. Volunteers learned techniques for reading with children, how to inspire children to read books, and how to set up and run a reading club.

YOUPSA also runs Youth Leadership & Team-Building Programmes at each of our partner schools, with two students from each Grade, 4 – 7. The motto that we have adopted is: "If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader." - John Quincy Adams

Thanks to your support for YOUPSA's weekly Creative Youth Empowerment Programme. the children enjoyed many new experiences, like creating their own beaded arm bracelets and experimenting with different musical hand instruments.

Among the childrens' favorite activities were learning to write and illustrate their own book, as well as making friendship bracelets on a cardboard loom. The children so much appreciated the chance to be creative and to express themselves. They were absolutely delighted to have a chance to use real arts materials, made possible by our kind donors, which they otherwise never have access to.

We can only support these children through your help. Please remember YOUPSA and our vulnerable youth in your end of year giving. Please donate generously so that we can continue providing at-risk youth with the necessary conditions they need to flourish.

We'd love to hear from you!

Best regards,

the YOUPSA Team

Students made their own beaded bracelets
Students made their own beaded bracelets
making frinedship bracelets with a cardboard loom
making frinedship bracelets with a cardboard loom
boy learning to create and illustrate his own book
boy learning to create and illustrate his own book
Primary School leaders
Primary School leaders
'The Herald' newspaper article

Dear Friends,

Here is an update about what's been happening at YOUPSA - made possible through your kind help!

During the recent South African National Book Week, YOUPSA was featured in 3 media outlets: The Herald, Kouga Express, and Good News Daily!

We launched a 'Book Buddies Program' at all of our partner schools. You can read all about it in the newspaper article featured here in this report. 

One of the most moving things for us to see is children, who have been known to be very weak readers, quickly gain confidence and increasingly enjoy reading when reading together with their Book Buddy. The children glow afterwards and are so excited to share the stories they read!

The low level of literacy is a real crisis in South Africa. In fact, in many of the classrooms where we work, about half of the children cannot yet read or write. For this reason we at YOUPSA are so passionate about helping children to gain access to books for reading for pleasure and growing their love of reading.

Please continue to keep YOUPSA and our children in mind and consider making a once-off donation or becoming a monthly donor, to ensure that our programs can reach more children.

We hope you enjoy this update. We'd love to hear from you!

Best regards,

the YOUPSA Team

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Book Buddies
Book Buddies
literacy volunteer reading with a child
literacy volunteer reading with a child
We want to share the great news that YOUPSA achieved the challenge that was set by GlobalGiving to raise $5,000 from at least 40 different donors on the GlobalGiving Accelerator Fundraiser within three weeks.

Actually 94 (!!!) donors contributed to this success, from more than 10 countries around the world. We are so grateful for the outpouring of support for our children. A BIG THANK YOU to everyone!

Now YOUPSA is a graduate of the Accelerator Program and will shortly become a permanent partner of GlobalGiving. This is really wonderful because it increases YOUPSA's global visibility and qualifies us to receive corporate sponsorships through the GlobalGiving platform.
 

To support one of our classes, on average 24 children, costs $2,000 per annum, and we have 16 classes that we serve. YOUPSA's goal therefore is to raise $8,000 during this campaign, so we can secure funding for 4 classes at this time.

For anyone who would like to contribute to supporting more classes, please use the same donation link as we have sent out before: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/support-a-class-of-at-risk-south-african-children

We at YOUPSA would be very grateful indeed if you could continue spreading the word!

Thank You from all of us at YOUPSA

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Youth Potential South Africa - YOUPSA

Location: Hankey, Eastern Cape - South Africa
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Twitter: @YoupsaAfrica
Project Leader:
Ray Schone
Hankey, Eastern Cape South Africa
$6,300 raised of $8,000 goal
 
113 donations
$1,700 to go
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