As part of MAD’s Youth Day initiative (month of June), we challenged the MAD learners to do something special in their communities. The challenge was kicked off by getting the learners to design their own t-shirt to wear on the day. The designs were loaded on MAD’s Facebook page, where one could vote for your favourite design.

Jared won the t-shirt design challenge and the design was soon printed on black t-shirts. Each learner got two t-shirts; one that they could wear themselves, and one that they could give away on Youth Day.

We were thrilled to hear some of the stories the learners shared with us concerning their special day in the community. Here are just a few:

Being in her exam period, Jermaine was not sure what she could fit into her schedule so she decided to live out her passion for dancing. She arranged with Klapmuts Primary School to teach some of the children Hip-Hop and they agreed that she could spend time with different groups of children from 09:00 – 14:00. Jermaine believes that exercise improves learner concentration, flexibility, memory, fitness and health. Because obesity is a reality in South Africa, Jermaine thought it a good place to start addressing the issue and promoting healthy living to learners. She really enjoyed it and says the kids were very enthusiastic to participate.

Khulelani participated in a youth drive at their local church that lasted for an entire weekend. He was so energized at the end of the weekend and believes that this weekend activity made better people out of all the youth that attended.


Rouxlé really tackled the bull by the horns with this challenge! She joined a group of elderly and helped them bake pancakes as a fundraiser for their Old Age Home. She then joined a charity for an evening to help them package donated pasta and following that made sandwiches for the less privileged. If that is not enough, Rouxlé visited a children’s ward in her local hospital and read stories to sick children who just needed to be loved. Well done, Rouxlé! What in inspiration.

Published on 2012/07/02 12:00:00 AM