IkamvaYouth envisions a world where young people in under-resourced communities create sustainable livelihoods. Founded in 2003 by Joy Olivier and Makhosi Gogwana, the organisation has expanded from one branch to over fifteen, impacting over 5,000 learners annually.
IkamvaYouth serves as a secure refuge for students beyond their school hours, providing valuable homework assistance and a range of supportive services. Dedicated volunteer tutors, many of whom are college or university students, work closely with small groups to ensure a thorough understanding of their school subjects.
In the 12th grade, IkamvaYouth plays a pivotal role in helping students chart their paths by guiding them to consider at least three post-school options, be it higher education, apprenticeships, or employment opportunities. Additionally, they offer valuable resources like computer literacy, e-learning, and conduct winter school workshops encompassing health, leadership, life skills, and media expression.
Most importantly, IkamvaYouth extends a warm and inclusive embrace to all its learners, providing a sense of belonging, especially to those who grapple with challenging circumstances. Enrolling in their programs is accessible to everyone, without any academic prerequisites, and it’s free of charge, though regular attendance is required.
ICOES supports IkamvaYouth’s mission by offering training courses. This partnership fosters personal and professional growth, aligning with ICOES’ mission of increasing educational access for all.