Improved independence . Informed choices. Improved well-being . Healthy practices.
For one year, back in 2012, Destino was a mentee in the SAYes mentoring programme. Now he's in his fourth and final year of studying Philosophy, Politics and Economics and is also a SAYes intern. He still meets with his mentor from 2012 nearly every week.
Following two years of mentorship through SAYes, Tsotang is now in his first year at Northlink College. He's studying a three-year security course and hopes to become a police officer. He continues to meet with his former mentor. The two can often be found hiking around Cape Town and talking about the future.
As a two-year mentee in the SAYes TIL programme, Zizipho was able to explore her passion for acting and dancing and focus on goals that would enable her to reach her dreams. After completing her matric, she received a bursary to attend the Magnet Theatre where she currently studies drama. While she stays in contact with her former mentor, Zizipho has also moved into a new role – she's now the mother of a gorgeous one-year-old boy.
My mentor was like the perfect father-figure for me. I never had a male so close to me in my life. It was so nice to have someone outside the home there for me.
I love that my mentor took the time to teach me how to swim. She nearly saved my life the first time we went to Long Street Baths together.
I wanted to run away in the middle of the year but then I thought of the people (including my mentor) that I have in my life that care about me.
The first thing I loved was job shadowing at my mentor's work. It was part of my LO (life orientation) assignment. I was nervous at first but it turned out great! It was nice to be out of the house learning new things.
I learned a lot about my mistakes. I lied to my mentor a couple of times and he was clear about the consequences. He told me straight, I musn't lie to him.
I think about all my mentor relationships I think this one was the most work because it was crunch time; life is really going to change next year.
For me, it was incredibly strengthening to have someone in my life speak to me so honestly. Someone who was watching me.
My mentor helped a lot with my University stuff, open days, applications. With her help I didn't have to depend on other people.