Youth Citizenship Action Programme Championship

July 2016 | Pretoria
On Saturday, July 23, 2016, Deutsche Bank South Africa Foundation`s Born To Be project partner, Empowervate, hosted their seventh annual Youth Citizens Action Programme (Y-CAP) national championship. The final competition is a culmination of smaller provincial competitions where eighteen finalist Primary and Secondary Schools are selected out of 400 participating schools, one from each of the nine Provinces in South Africa. The competition intends to lead youth into action, through sustainable school and community-based projects that address issues of concern and relevance in their specific environment. Each school entering Y-CAP received a basic project management toolkit enabling them to follow the stages of managing a project, from identifying the project through to sustaining the project and its impact - both from a project and a personal perspective. The prizes are primarily funds for their projects which they account and present back to the Y-CAP team the following year. This year the learners tackled themes such as energy conservation at school, creating safe and healthy environments, and managing bullying at school.
The Free State Secondary School took first place where they tackled keeping girls in school by ensuring they have sanitary products. In South Africa, it is estimated that around 7 million girls miss school each month because of menstruation and lose out in their education and ultimately lose out on the opportunity to beat poverty. One of the winning team’s participants, Anele Zwane, reflects: “No girl should be forced to leave school due to the basic needs of life”. Thandeka Buthelezi, an Equity Operations Analyst at Deutsche Bank in South Africa, who gave a motivational speech at the event, said this about Y-CAP:” I believe the Y-CAP programme plays a vital role in the lives of today's youth as it helps them understand that their gifts, talents and thought processes are sufficient for survival and excellence but also that even much greater excellence can be achieved as they learn to work in teams.” Deutsche Bank has supported Y-CAP since inception. It aligns with Deutsche Bank’s local Born to Be programme and achieves the aim of assisting high school learners with the skills and confidence to pursue their ambitions, developing the youth into the leaders of tomorrow. Y-CAP encourages learners to be proactive – not to wait for change, but to become the change they want to see.



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