Context: The Children’s Act of South Africa calls on Child and Youth Care Centres to offer transitional support to youths leaving care, but there are very few Centres to offer this support and once youth have left care they receive no support.
South Africa has the third highest youth unemployment rate in the world. Half of South Africans aged 15-24 are unemployed; 31% of young people are not in employment, education or training.
Organization: Mamelani Projects was founded in 2003 to empower and strengthen marginalized communities and promote self-reliance, by ‘listening to’ and responding to the particular needs of women, youth and children. Mamelani focuses on shifts that enable people to take more responsibility for their lives by building on already existing knowledge and strengths.
Current Grant: EMpower’s 4th grant to Mamelani assists the organization to extend its program providing transitional support to 35 youth leaving care and to continue its work with five new Children and Youth Care Centres to build their capacity in developing and implementing a transitional support program. In addition, the grant will allow Mamelani to strengthen its own capacity of engaging with policy making at the provincial and national Departmental level in the run-up to the proposed amendment of the Children’s Act which is likely to make transitional support mandatory.