IAWA is global youth empowerment organization to create a world where all youth are socially engaged, globally aware, and economically free.

Creating a world where
all youth are socially engaged, globally aware,
and economically free.


Who is IAWA?

Founded on the philosophy of Bothu, or “I am because we are,” I Am, We Are (IAWA pronounced eye-ow-wa) strives to empower youth with the tools to confidently own their future.

We give our ambassadors an understanding of self, stretch their belief in who they can be, and teach them how to apply the principles of entrepreneurship to create the future they envision for themselves.



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Why cape town?

We stand as one unit, and this year is our last year as we all know. We are all going to go different directions. We want to create memories that we will always remember and enjoy ourselves in Cape Town. It’s great to experience places you have never known, as we enjoy we will learn


kitsong writer tells a tale 

Being in the film made me realise that films are not just for entertainment. Films are a way of giving the audience a message, and that is how we wrote the film. We wanted to entertain the audience, make them laugh, get them to sympathise with the actors, and get them to be emotional. 


poppyn stops through

I Am, We Are and the Bafokeng Youth Centre were two of the organizations POPPYN partnered with to create experimental, narrative, and journalistic media that promotes youth power, social change, and an increased sense of global awareness and connectedness across the African diaspora


A nurturing environment where tomorrow's leaders are cultivated.

With the youth employment rate averaging 51%, South Africa has one of the highest youth unemployment rates in the world. IAWA is focused on empowering youth with the fortitude and skills to overcome the barriers they face pursuing their dreams.

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