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Calling on Mentors for young Entrepreneurs
Youth today face a myriad of challenges which hinder and stifle their socio-economic development, consequent economic prosperity, and achievement of sustainable livelihoods. The National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) has developed the Ithubalentsha Micro Enterprise Programme to rapidly address some major limitations/constraints faced by the youth of South Africa. “Ithubalenthsa” is a Zulu word that means “An Opportunity for Youth”. In order to make this new programme a success, we are calling on the assistance of mentors to volunteer young, up-and-coming entrepreneurs through a formalised and structured programme.
The overall objective of the programme is to scale-up access of quality and sustainable enterprise development products and services by the South African youth (aged between 18 and 35 years), and particularly those in peri-urban and rural areas. Those with disabilities are also encouraged to participate. Overall the programme is aimed at improving incomes and creating job opportunities, but more importantly, ensuring the self-sustainability of these businesses.
The volunteer mentor should either be:
• An experienced entrepreneur,
• A business consultant,
• A middle to senior manager,
• A postgraduate student,
• An experienced SMME development practitioner,
• A professional mentor and coach or
• A retired professional
With your help, we can open up new possibilities and more young lives can be changed!