Saturday, September 25, 2021

Kuyasa Community Transformation Model




Kuyasa is using a system of 6 separate Levels of Support and filtering to sift the youth of our community. As we educate, empower and equip, we desire to have the means to move a select group forward; giving them greater and greater opportunity along with increasing responsibility & challenges to overcome. This ‘Learning by Doing’ approach has been extremely successful. We believe that by doing this within the context of the community, home and family; the transformation has been much more permanent and complete. We have seen the growth and leadership becomes fully integrated into who they are and their full identity, including the cultural context. This makes it all the more simple to re-approach their context to use the knowledge and skills they are equipped with. The learning is a contextualized process and so the product and implementation of the learning remains contextualized. 
The goal, of course, is to identify the strongest leaders in the community and to offer them the opportunity to meet their full potential through a wholistic and experience-based, hands-on learning. The entire process that moves them through the Levels of Support emphasizes that a true leader will empower those around him/her. That the most influential leader will give themselves away to see others move forward and plow back into their home community with the talents, resources and skills they have been given. 
LEVEL ONE: Emergency Relief & Crisis Care                                                                               Total: 700
Level One aims to move children and youth out of crisis by ensuring their most basic needs are met. This frees them to begin to dream and begin to gather a vision for their future. 
Supplying basic needs (Food, housing and clothes):                           
·         Feeding scheme, basic clothing                                                                                                            200
·         Sponsorship Program (School Uniform & Stationary, Clothing)                                                          250
·         Safe House and Food Parcels                                                                                                  250
·         Basic Medical Assessment & Doctor referral
o   Eye glasses
o   Learning & hearing disability
·         Counseling: many times children that have lived unstable lives require time to process this and adjust to the freedom of life without less fear that fighting for survival brings. Abuse in the past or in their current living situation will also keep them from dreaming and developing vision
LEVEL TWO: Educational & Spiritual Capacity Building                                                              Total: 300
Once an individual has moved past the basic needs level and is out of crisis, they are given hope and the capacity to look past their next meal and into their future. This is the sowing and growing level where we give the children an opportunity to grab the hand that is being offered to them and to expose them to the gospel. Level two equips youth & children with the most basic building blocks and skills to empower them to dream and move toward a purposeful, goal-oriented life.  
·         Formal Education: 
o   Learning Centre (Tutoring for grades R through 12)
o   IT/Computer Classes
o   Vocational Guidance & Assistance with tertiary applications and fees
·         Bible Education: 
o   Bible study & prayer groups
o   Bible camps
·         Life Skills & Counseling:
o   Youth & children who have not had role models to look up to must be equipped with the basics of healthy emotional and social living. This includes decision making & problem solving skills as well as learning to communicate feelings and thoughts appropriately. 
·         Adult Skills Training and Life Skills Training for job creation and own development.
o   IT training
o   Constructions Skills
o   Arts and Crafts training
LEVEL THREE: Sifting and Testing of Leaders                                                                             Total: 300*
In Level Three we seek to sift and test the youth in our programs by offering them opportunity to lead and serve in various capacities. We provide a series of youth lead clubs that offer position and influence to those youth who are able to rise to the challenge. Many children do not show the drive to move forward and influence the group that they are a part of. Others take several years before stepping into a leadership role. Staff closely observe the youth in their program and develop a mentoring relationship with them, encouraging those who have the potential, but lack the confidence to slowly step out and take over small projects and tasks. This experience-based and hands-on learning allows the children & youth to experience many of the same type of challenges they would face in leadership as adults. Staff walk along side them to solve problems, but facilitate a learning process that allows the youth to find the solution themselves, thus building confidence and capacity. The leadership group from each club meets on a regular basis and plans programs along with staff. They are expected to take ownership and responsibility of their program. Staff inform, facilitate and help to structure their vision, goals and action plan.
  • Performing Arts:  
    • Kuyasa Kids Choir & Dance group                                                                 45
    • Drama & Ballroom Dance                                                                               50
    • Gospel Band & Youth Alive                                                                            25
  • Sport & Adventure:
    • Netball & Basketball                                                                                        25
    • Soccer & Futsol                                                                                               65
    • Adventure Team                                                                                              20
(camping/wilderness survival skills & environmental issues/education)
  • Visual Arts:
    • Fine Art & Crafts                                                                                             10
    • Film Project                                                                                                     12
    • Digital Photography                                                                                         12
  • Leadership Development & Community Service:
    • Hats & Glasses                                                                                               65
    • Sharing Views (the junior Hats & Glasses)                                                      55
    • Children’s Prayer Group                                                                                  35
*Please Note: Numbers are an approximation, as some children/youth are in more than one group
LEVEL FOUR: Investing Further in Leaders That Emerge from Level Three                              Total:  40
Level Four takes the young leaders who demonstrate natural leadership skill and an unusual capacity to influence in Level Three and invests in them further. They are put in supervisory roles, walking alongside staff and are taken into the organization as a kind of junior staff person (though this is not specifically discussed). The relationship between the staff person and the youth moves from a general mentor to more of a discipling & supervisory relationship. Here they are pushed and thrown in to “sink or swim” on many occasions. Specific skill sets are identified and tested. Youth are given more independence in the running of certain parts of projects and on occasion are paid for the work they do. 
  • Formally placed on the “Leadership Team” for a club/program (usually done by formal application)
  • Youth Leaders (Junior Staff) Training Camps (4 times per year)
  • Formal Bible School Course (2 years)
  • Small Project Testing: more independence given to test & development leadership as well as event planning and execution (Depending on performance some youth leaders may be paid on a project by project basis)
  • Other training and workshops given as opportunities are found
LEVEL FIVE: Selection of Top Leaders for further Tertiary Training                                          Total: 15
Level Five gives opportunity for those who have shown the greatest potential and dedication to get further exposure to the world and diversity of culture, career and worldview. Typically known as a ‘Gap Year’, this Level allows these young adults to prayerfully search their hearts and contemplate the true purpose that they have been created to fulfill. We believe that exposure for an extended period of time (outside of the culture and worldview they have been raised in) opens up the mind and heart to new possibilities and matures the character of the leader like nothing else can. Funding, scholarships and bursaries are squeezed out to assist as many students as do qualify. Partnerships with other ‘brother & sister’ organizations are cemented to benefit as many as leaders possible. Some of our leaders do know exactly what they want to do or feel they have already discovered their purpose. For these we help to facilitate transition directly into University and College programs in the direction of their dreams and strengths. We hope to gain funding in 2010 that will enable many more strong Leaders from Level Four to move on to Level Five. 
Some success stories in 2009:
·         Luvuyo: Transitioned from the Hats & Glasses Leadership Team to YWAM doing Community Development in Brazil as well as locally.
·         Ncumisa: Transitioned from our Film Project & the Hats & Glasses Leadership Team to train in Digital Photography at Media Village and outreach in Mozambique.
·         Yanga: Transitioned as a ‘junior staff’ Youth Leader in our Drama program to his first year at 13thFloor.
·         Nosisi: Transitioned form the Youth Leadership Team for our Kuyasa Kids Performing Arts group to her first year as a student of Education at the University of Stellenbosch (US).
·         Andile & Abongile: Transitioned from Youth Leadership Teams to doing a 2 year course in Auxiliary Social Work at ISWA in Athlone that will give them admittance to a Diploma in Social Work in 2012 and are Interns at Kuyasa this year.
·         Makabongwe: Transitioned from our Hats & Glasses Leadership Team into Medical School and is currently doing his second year as a medical student at US, he received the Rectors award in 2009.
·         Xolani and Siphe both: Transitioned from our Sports Leadership Team to a program in Sport Management at North link College.
·         Phulmani: Transitioned from our Fine Art Class and is now a first year in the Graphic Design Programme at US, he had no previous art training and created his portfolio for application in our program.
LEVEL SIX: Established Christian Leaders ‘Ploughing Back’ Into the Community:                                Total:   10
Level Six is the transition to established leadership and ‘re-investment’ in the community, a ‘ploughing back’ in of all the training received. In this Level leaders should be completely Independent from Kuyasa, for the most part. They should be sustainable—in the sense that they are able to generate their own income and meet their own basic needs by applying the skills and training given. This is the ultimate goal where they have caught the dream of wholistic community transformation and where they themselves are now investing in the formation of future Christian Leaders! Their connection/relationship with Kuyasa and the staff in the organization continues in a less formal way. Now considered colleagues, we are able to support and advise in an adult to adult way and have the privilege of rejoicing with them as they share the excitement they have about the new young leaders in their care. 
  • Nono: A previous Hats & Glasses Leader who studied Finance at University and has returned as the Financial Administrator for Kuyasa.
  • Nkululeko, Ncumisa, Sibusiso, Luvuyo: Previous Hats & Glasses Leaders, trained and working as professional Youth Camp Facilitators, paid up to R250 a day in 2010, investing in the minds & hearts of children and youth. 
  • Luvuyo:   Previous Hats & Glasses Leader, recruited as the Kayamandi Coordinator for the Keep them Safe Program, a World Cup Initiative supported by the Winelands District Municipality.
  • Mbongeni, Cindy and Heather: Trained through ALICT and currently working as full-time Program Managers for Kuyasa.
  • Nasiphiwo  has finished her nursing diploma. She was assisted by Kuyasa with funding for her first Module at the Helderberg Nursing College. She then worked her way through as one of their top students and went on to get her diploma.



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