"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."

--Eleanor Roosevelt

Bokgoni: Setswana. We can do it. Capacity; Capability; Potential  

Bokgoni Youth Empowerment Programme

The Bokgoni Empowerment programme strives to encourage youth to matriculate through high school and prepare them to be self-sufficient adults, by:

  • going beyond just academic learning and encourage the development of the whole child—one who is knowledgeable, healthy, motivated, and engaged
  • creating a support network for youth that includes caring, nurturing adults, peer mentors, advocates, role models, and a cohort of positive peers
  • enabling youth to have a voice and create a learning culture that is uniquely relevant to them
  • teaching life skills and work related values
  • exposing youth to diverse life options, career paths, and postsecondary educational and training opportunities
  • creating opportunities for youth to assume leadership roles, develop responsibility, self-reliance, and initiative, and acquire marketable skills

Our multi-year program augments the in-school education of learners in 8th through 11th grade to foster within them a mindset of conscious entrepreneurship or an attitude of finding and creating opportunities based on an acute consciousness of self and one’s surroundings.  As such, our programme participants or ambassadors as we call them, will be empowered to pursue their dreams and ambitions.  

IAWA ambassadors begin as a cohort, in 8th grade and stay together until the culmination of the programme in their 11th grade year.  These are the critical years to reach disenfranchised youth and intervene, as they are most at risk of dropping out of school around grade 10. Three times a year for four years, our ambassadors attend weeklong camps, during the school holidays.  At the camps, IAWA uses an interactive curriculum to bring to life IAWA’s core principles. Concepts are explored with guest speakers and field trips, while learnings from the camp are applied through community action projects.  IAWA Ambassadors also receive a local mentor and a virtual-international mentor and correspond with students globally.