MOT Youth Blogger of the Month – Lucia Rangwedi

Youth Blogger cover of the Month for MOT South Africa Youth organisation in South Africa Cape Town, Lucia Rangwedi

We are thrilled to introduce our Youth Blogger of the Month, Lucia Rangwedi. She is a former electrical engineering student from the College of Cape Town, a Young MOTivator and MOT Coach who has embraced the MOT core values and has made a significant impact in her life.

Hi, I’m Lucia Rangwedi, and I’m excited to share my journey with MOT with you. I’m a former electrical engineering student from College of Cape Town, and I got introduced to the MOT Programmes in 2016.

Finding Courage

When I first joined MOT, I learned to be myself, tackle the world with a positive mindset, and live by the MOT core values: the courage to live, the courage to care, and the courage to say no.

Before that, I struggled with self-esteem, lacked confidence, and didn’t believe in myself. I had limited myself in participating in activities that would draw attention to myself or put me out of my comfort zone. I didn’t realize that I was depriving myself of so much by doing that.

But through MOT, I learned to be comfortable in my own skin and that I mattered. I discovered my purpose and realized that I could become a leader with the right positive attitude, regardless of my background, other’s approvals or opinions of me.

Becoming a Young MOTivator (Youth Leader)

youth camp

After completing a few MOT sessions, I was selected to be trained as a Young MOTivator. The Youth Camp helped to strengthen my leadership abilities, personal strengths, and trained me as an MOT Youth Peer Educator to present the MOT programme to my peers at school. I was surprised that my MOT Coach saw leadership qualities in me, and I was honoured to take on this role to serve my peers and lead as a role model.

Growing into Leadership Roles

Since deciding to put myself first and value myself, I’ve accomplished many things. I was elected to join the Student Representative Council (RCS) at my College and became Vice-captain for a local cricket team that I played for to manage a girls’ team and became their coach.

Continuing with MOT

Youth Blogger picture of MOT South Africa Team Staff

I’m still very involved with the MOT Office. I applied to become a MOT Coach in 2018 and now assist as a Super MOT Coach when needed. I also volunteer at MOT events and trainings. I love the person I’m becoming, and it’s all thanks to MOT’s core values. I tackle situations and do things differently now, and I’m grateful for the confidence MOT has helped me find in myself.

Thank you, MOT, for all that you’ve done for me and for the many other youth who have benefitted from this programme. I’m excited to see what the future holds!

Stay up to date with MOT South Africa

Last month, we had the pleasure of introducing you to Grizelle Cloete, our MOT Youth Blogger of the Month for March. Grizelle’s story is truly inspiring as she shared her personal journey of overcoming negative experiences, finding courage to pursue her aspirations, and becoming a role model for her community. She attributes her personal growth to the MOT tools, including the Flashlight, which has helped her remain focused on the positive and find strength in forgiveness. If you missed her story, be sure to check it out on our website and see the power of the MOT programme in action. Read more here:

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