Give back: Ambassadors Youth & Community Development (AYCD)
“To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
There’s nothing more rewarding than knowing that through the giving of your funds, time or ideas you have made even one person’s journey here on earth a little easier. The Ambassadors Youth & Community Development (AYCD) is a non-profit organisation dedicated to rallying do-gooders together to ensure that the lives of underprivileged South African youth are better. Established in 2011 by Aneil Manmohan and Priya Govender the organisation focuses on preparing youth to become productive citizens of society, by creating a range of opportunities that are necessary to develop them into well-rounded individuals. The AYCD’s current projects include:
AYCD Youth Ambassadors Programme – The Youth Ambassadors Programme is a leadership programme which develops knowledge, skills and attitudes of senior primary and high school learners through a comprehensive, structured curriculum in order to prepare them to be ready to take up their rightful place in society. The Curriculum is arranged into eleven units which all have modules followed by activities. Each module is intended to represent a workshop.
Ambassadors Sports Development Programme – The Ambassadors Sports Development Programme uses sport as a tool to help impact the lives of children in the former townships of South Africa. Through participating in various team sports such as soccer, cricket and netball the youth develop important life skills such as teamwork, commitment, sportsmanship, and other character building traits.
Battle4Life – Battle4life is an awareness project which inspires young people to take action against the spread of HIV and AIDS, drug and alcohol abuse through music and dance. Young people aged 13 to 25 become involved in awareness Battle4life dance competitions. The project also provides opportunities for open discussion about HIV, Drug and alcohol abuse, addressing stereotypes, issues of stigma and taboos regarding sexuality and HIV.
Recruitment Junction – The AYCD has partnered with Liquid Creativity to curb unemployment in our country. The Recruitment Junction is a free agency that links the youth and employers for free. Click here to learn more: http://www.recruitmentjunction.com/
For more information on the AYCD’s current and future projects visit www.aycd.org.
How can you make a difference?
- Donate Money
Support AYCD and enable the organisation to extend their reach to the most vulnerable communities in South Africa. Your general monitory donations would enable AYCD to sustain their existing interventions and also expand their work to reach more Children and youth in their communities.
Ambassadors Youth and Community Development
Bank: First National Bank
Branch: Carlwald, Midrand
Account Number: 623 52969 558
Branch Code: 250 655
Swift Code: FIRNZAJJ
- Become a fundraiser
Build awareness within your own community and fundraise. The goal is to gather your friends, family and the wider online community via email and contact chats and thus fundraise around themes that inspire you. By getting someone to care and contribute as little as R 100 you can really make a difference. Proceeds will benefit the AYCD’s signature programmes like the AYCD Youth Ambassadors, Ambassadors Sports Development, AYCD Youth Centre and Life skills Programmes.
- Sponsor a child
AYCD’s “Sponsor a Child Programme is a personalised sponsorship programme, whereby an individual can sponsor a child for a fixed monthly amount. By sponsoring, you can help the organisation reach out to Children and Youth in underprivileged communities and take steps in changing their lives forever by providing them with basic necessities like education, life skills and leadership training, career guidance, academic assistance, food, youth and children’s empowerment workshops, and education on rights and access to invaluable information.
- Donate Materials
Donations in kind are general donations of white elephants, clothing, as well as new and second hand household goods. Items that you no longer see a use for can be used in AYCD’s programmes and could really make a difference in someone’s life.
- Become a volunteer
AYCD welcomes and encourages highly motivated individuals to apply to become volunteers at all levels of our organisation. Some specific skills needed include (but are not limited to): Academic Tutoring (e.g. literacy, numeracy, etc), Tutoring Arts (e.g. dancing, poetry, painting, etc), Mentorship of AYCD Youth Ambassadors, Coaching Sports, Job coaching and Scheduling, Motivational & Public Speaking and life coaching.
Written By: Tsholofelo Lepule