Youth Day presents an opportunity to travel through a full spectrum of emotion. We celebrate the bravery and boldness of all of those who marched on 16 June in the 1976 Soweto Uprising. We mourn their sacrifices and the loss of so many bright and beautiful lives. We look to the incredible youth of today who are rising up to demand justice. We look to the incredible youth of today who are left without proper nutrition, education and housing.
The youth hold immeasurable power and potential, and yet they also carry the burden of their ancestors - environmentally, politically, socially and economically. As a society, it is our responsibility to protect the young and vulnerable, and do all that we can to raise them up so that they may achieve all of which they are capable.
At Wellness Warehouse, we believe that we can enact change in two big ways...
First and foremost, we will continue to equip you with the products, information and resources that you need to live life well for the earth. As we continue to build a community of conscious consumers, we are creating a group of people who are mindful of what today’s choices will mean for tomorrow, which is exactly what the youth and their planet need right now.
Environmental and social consciousness and responsibility stand at the heart of our brand, and it is these values that drive us in the creation of initiatives and goals that will serve to preserve and protect the earth that we have inherited and will one day pass on.
As we strive to create a better future for our youth, we also look to the thousands of young South Africans who are in need of our help today. Our youth are fierce, but to live the lives they deserve and make their mark on the world, they need full tummies, proper education, and a community that will protect and support them.
If you would like to use this Youth Day to make a real change and help our youth to live life well, check out these worthy organisations that could use your help...
SAYDO is a non-political organisation that works under the Department of Social Development to support the youth in the pursuit of their passions and potential, focusing on five major areas – education, sports, environment, health and arts. SAYDO’s mission is to empower the youth and help to remove them from the cycle of poverty.
IkamvaYouth works with school learners in underprivileged areas to provide a safe space where they can go after school to get help with their homework as well as access a range of support services. The amazing team at Ikamva has worked incredibly hard during lockdown to move operations online so that learners are still able to access academic resources such as tutors and study guides.
FEED SA focuses on food supply, education and community development, with a number of programmes focused on youth upliftment.
Book Dash was founded on the vision that every child should own 100 books before the age of five. And so, Book Dash hosts sporadic 12-hour volunteer events in which creatives get together and churn out beautiful children’s books that are then translated into our 11 official languages and distributed to underprivileged communities. All the books are also made available as free PDFs.
OAY is a non-profit that works in numerous countries in Africa to motivate, unify and empower African youth so that they may lead political, social and economic transformation.
These are just a few of the hundreds of projects that need our help. You can check out this guide by SANGONeT for a full list of South African NGOs focused on youth development.