A leadership initiative, STEP UP LET’S LEAD was last week launched to empower South African youth for success.
Young leaders are encouraged to step up, assume personal and social responsibility to make positive changes for themselves and their communities guided by their values. STEP UP LET’S LEAD is targeted at underprivileged high school learners in Grades 9, 10, 11 and 12, and will feature a 90 minute film starring entrepreneur and comedian Mpho “Popps” Modikoane.
The aim of the film is to introduce learners to the fundamentals of leadership and will be flighted nationwide at 15 different cinema complexes on the following dates – August 31, September 7 and 14 and October 12 and 19 this year.
A Public Private Sector initiative of this stature would not be possible without the assistance and sponsorship of a great many people and organisations. One of the world’s largest global diversified natural resource companies GLENCORE, in association with all our other extremely valued sponsors including – Tsogo Sun as the launch venue sponsor, Brand South Africa; Medscheme; Tiger Brands; merSETA; the NYDA; Old Mutual; PUTCO: and DHL with SOS Children’s Villages, have all STEPPED UP to make this possible. Furthermore, the University of Stellenbosch Business School Executive Development kindly assisted with and endorsed the content of the film and other resources.
The film’s storyline, revolves around seven characters – Catherine, Clayton, Matlatlaka, Cindy, Sixteen, Tshilidzi and Samuel, all from different backgrounds and with distinct behaviours. Throughout the film, these characters are exposed to principles of leadership and ultimately discover that they all have latent leadership talents which will be used to enable them to transform their lives and help build their communities.
To compliment the process, all learners will receive booklets containing valuable leadership lessons and information related to the content of the film. The booklet has been developed with curriculum links to assist teachers align the leadership concepts, ideas and activities to the newly implemented Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement (CAPS) documents for the General Education and Training (GET) as well as the Further Education and Training (FET) bands.
The use of cinemas enables us to reach large numbers of learners who find this environment Stimulating and as a result, concentration and message retention are improved.
Tsogo Sun are the launch venue sponsors, the New Skool Orchestra, founded by MIAGI as well as Drakensburg Promotions are providing entertainment at no cost, and all the production & staging for the event has been generously sponsored by the VWV Group.
Brightest Young Minds are providing young intellectuals to participate in our programme in a host of activities including the launch, cinema screenings and the Youth Leadership Awards.
A further extension of this initiative, is also to reward those who let their greatness shine by displaying exceptional leadership qualities in their schools and communities. Participating schools will have the opportunity to nominate learners to enter the competition. A boy and girl from each Province will be selected as finalists, and will attend an award ceremony in Johannesburg where the STEP UP LET’S LEAD 2013 National Youth Leader will be announced.
Top entrants will also win bursaries or training programmes, generously donated by, Nampak, Kelly Group, Raizcorp, Eduloan, Afrika Tikkun and University of Stellenbosch Business School Executive Development.
The Standard Bank Global Leadership Centre is generously hosting the STEP UP LET’S LEAD Youth Leadership Awards event that will take place on November 25.