The 2014 Laureus Youth Empowerment Through Sport (YES) programme kicked off in Cape Town from 21-27 April with a “Bringing Out the Champion Within” -themed week for the 35 participants aged 18-25. The seven days were packed with training and once in a lifetime experiences to promote their leadership skills. A highlight was the Panel Discussion hosted by Vega School of Brand Leadership which portrayed the vision and ethos of the Laureus Motto – “Sport for Good”
The Panel included a representative from:
Laureus South Africa Country Patron – Discovery Health,
Laureus Founding Partner, Mercedes-Benz South Africa,
Laureus Ambassadors – Schalk Burger and Elana Meyer
Chairman of Laureus South Africa – Morne du Plessis
The YES programme was launched in 2011 to play an active role in community upliftment by empowering youth leaders to use sport to transform their communities. This year’s successful candidates were selected from a range of sport for social change organisations across South Africa, Lesotho, Mozambique and Ghana, most of which are supported by the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. The YES Programme will equip them with the technical, vocational, entrepreneurship and life skills needed to develop sustainable livelihoods and initiate social change. Extensive job training will be delivered by the programme partners: eta, New Horizons and the Sports Science Institute of South Africa.
Nasiphi Khafu, Laureus YES Graduate, now employed as the Laureus YES Coordinator commented: “YES has changed my world, it has given me the skills and confidence to realise my dreams and achieve them! Laureus, especially YES – is my family.”
Chairman of Laureus South Africa, Morné du Plessis, commented: “The YES Programme is a great example of Laureus using sport to unlock the potential of our youth across Africa. We are passionate about giving future leaders the skills and inspiration to reach their potential and inspire their communities”.
The Laureus Sport for Good Foundation funds and promotes the use of sport as a tool for social change. The Foundation has a global network of over 140 sport for social change organisations using sport in innovative ways to tackle some of the world’s most pressing challenges facing youth. The YES programme is the Foundation’s first in-house programme.