Most of our beneficiaries are the first in their families to attend university and they are often overwhelmed by campus life and the rigour of their academic programmes. The content of our undergraduate leadership development camp is tailored from the knowledge gained from the life-skills workshops that we conduct for high-school girls and the growing number of requests for support that we receive from undergraduate young women. The camp equips young women with tools to remain resilient and achieve success, both during and after their undergraduate studies, by covering the following six topics: Leadership; Mental health; Career pathing; Financial fitness; Entrepreneurship; Personal branding.
The objectives of the camp are to:
- Fuel gender transformation in South Africa
- Foster a culture of active citizenry in young women
- Promote the participation of young women in various leadership roles
- Harness young women’s ability to participate actively as decision-makers
- Build confidence, self-awareness and social consciousness in young women through the Ubuntu values-based system
- Enable young women to take account of the context and environment in which they live, study and/or work in order to lead decisively
Our inaugural leadership development camp was piloted, over a weekend, during the Spring holiday break of September 2019.