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Meet Our Young MOTivators, Class of 2017

During May 2017, MOT SA hosted youth leadership and life-skills training camps for 93 Western Cape TVET college students and high schools learners, over two consecutive weekends, at Bridges Academy in Franschhoek.

The annual young MOTivators’ camps are designed to inspire, motivate and empower the youth with various skills, including; self-awareness, relationship-building, strengthening courage, team building, leadership skills and presentation techniques.

During the three day camp, our youth enjoyed motivational talks presented by: Director: Institutional Management and Governance, Western Cape Education Department, Mr Makhonsandile Ndzuzo; MOT SA Chairperson, Professor Eltie Links; Chief Director at the DHET Regional Office and MOT SA Board Member, Zozo Siyengo; MOT Brand Ambassadors, International Kung Fu/TaiChi Champion, MJ Li  and local singer and songwriter, Janice.

Mr Ndzuzo addressed the youth and spoke about success; what it means and what it takes to be successful in life:

“Life will throw curve balls but you must persevere. You are a gardener and you are responsible for your own garden. What you plant now will grow later. The choice is yours, so make good choices.”

Professor Eltie Links equipped the youth with knowledge on the importance of relationships and relationship-building:

“Being part of a family or group, gives us responsibilities and we need to adhere to certain values. Responsibility equals success.”

We may not be able to shape the future for our youth, but as South Africans, we can strengthen and empower the youth to be able to handle any obstacles that they may encounter.

By working proactively with the students and learners, the young MOTivators are trainined and equipped with the knowledge and tools to be culture-builders, active citizens and youth leaders at their colleges and high schools and in their communities.

MOT colleges in attendance:

·         Boland College, Caledon Campus

·         College of Cape Town, Garden Campus

·         College of Cape Town, Gugulethu Campus

·         College of Cape Town, Pinelands Campus

·         False Bay College, Fish Hoek Campus

·         False Bay College, Kayelitsha Campus

·         False Bay College, Mitchells Plain Campus

·         False Bay College, Muizenberg Campus

·         Northlink College, Goodwood Campus

·         Northlink College, Parow Campus

·         West Coast College, Citrusdal Campus

·         West Coast College, Vredenburg Campus

MOT schools in attendance:

·         Buren High School, Ysterplaat

·         Centre of Science and Technology (COSAT), Khayelitsha

·         Desmond Mpilo Tutu High School, Mbekweni in Paarl

·         Ihlumelo High School, Mbekweni in Paarl

·         Simon’s Town High School

Feedback from Young MOTivators:

“MOT gives hope to a lot of youngsters who feel lost and my thoughts are that they are helping a lot of people. ”

“I am now more self-relient and passionate about life and I’ve improved my listening skills.”

“I’m now not afraid to reach my goals and I’m no longer shy to speak out. I found myself volunteering without being picked to answer.”

“I really felt inspired and motivation but most of all the camp made me feel good about myself again.”

“First I didn’t believe in myself and I thought I will be nothing in life, but when I joined MOT, I realised that all that was wrong.”

“MOT taught me a lot about life and how to tackle certain situations and how to believe in myself. Prof Links’ speech about relationships was mind opening and wise.”

“I have joined MOT to change the way of doing things and to stop drinking alcohol. It was the first time I’ve talked in front of a lot of people and now I’m not shy anymore. I’m motivated and have courage.”

“I’m so excited about motivating, helping and advising others in being positive and believing in themselves and also to be a good person.”

“Before joining MOT, I was not confident. I used to tell myself that no one would look up to me, because I did not see myself as a role model. I did not believe in myself, but now I do. Now I’m confident and can tell people what I think.”

“MOT made me feel confident about myself, love and accept myself for who I am.”

Meet Young MOTivators, Montasha Matthews and Aeesha Raphael from College of Cape Town, Garden Campus. Find out what being a Young MOTivator means to each of them: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9fIq9bMSPA

A special thank you to our MOT Coaches for attending the Young MOTivators’ Camp and for your commitment and dedication to developing and strengthening your students with awareness and courage.

To our newly trained Young MOTivators. You have the power and potential to change the world! Go out and make a difference.

Thank you to everyone for making our 2017 college camp a magical experience and a great success! #MOTYouthCamp2017

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