BECOME A MENTOR
By becoming a mentor, you can make a difference. You will invite your mentee(s) out once a month on an individual or collective outing. Your role as a mentor will mainly be to open their horizons by taking them out of their township, motivating them in their studies, improving their communication skills and providing guidance. No financial contribution is required apart from the regular outings.
We hold several induction meetings each year for new mentors. Time spent by mentors may count towards the "Socio-Economic Development" pillar of your company’s BBBEE scorecard of your company.
More information here.
BECOME A TUTOR
Teach Maths, sciences or accounting to small groups of learners (maximum 4) who need one on one lessons, on Saturdays afternoons at St Mary's school.
PARTICIPATE IN A LIFE ORIENTATION SESSION OR OTHER ACTIVITIES
We run life orientation sessions at St Mary’s where professionals (including mentors) present their profession and career path to our learners. Other speakers are invited to motivate the learners and speak on various topics.
You can also help with the preparation of our other activities with the mentees, such as the annual Sizanani talent show (competition of songs, dance, poetry and drama), our December camp, etc.
PROVIDE WORK EXPOSURE
You can also provide work exposure to our young learners. This can be a "day at work", a job shadowing experience or a group visit to your factory/company. These experiences are very valuable for the learners, who generally have a limited view of the working world.
In 2018, visits were organised to Sunninghill Hospital, Bombela Operating Company, Decathlon, Saint-Gobain, Thuthuka, Momentum and the World Bank. Some learners also visited farms in North West Province while others job shadowed a health practitioner at Sunninghill Hospital.
PROVIDE INTERNSHIP OR JOB PLACEMENTS
Some students are required to secure a six-month ‘in-service training’ at a reputable company during their studies at the University of Johannesburg.
Our graduates also need help with job placements. In the past year, thanks to our network of companies, some were hired by companies such as TOTAL, Otis, AF Compressors and the French Chamber of Commerce.
Whether you are an individual or a company, you can sponsor our activities by providing bursaries and donations; but also used laptops, calculators and smartphones.
Students bursaries may be included in your company’s BBBEE scorecard (under Skills Development) as well as donations, as Sizanani has a level 1 BBBEE certificate.