According to stats for 2006 to 2017, 30.4 million people (55.5% of the population) is living in poverty. This is up from the 53.2% or 27.3 million people reported in 2017.

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The number of people living below the 2017 poverty line of R441 is more half of the population of South Africa, Southern Africa Youth Project has developed an empowerment program called “Poverty2Jobs” that focuses on helping young people with employable skills to enable them to get jobs and establish their own businesses.

Southern Africa Youth Project is a Youth development institution that strives to change the way young people in rural areas and townships thinks about themselves. We do this by up-skilling them to recognize and utilize the opportunities that are around them.

This is done through the following interventions

Educational Support for the girl child
Capacity building for the unemployed youth
and finally linking unemployed youth into jobs and educational opportunities
On the demand side, Southern Africa Youth Project SayPro prepares first-time employees for work, providing a pool of skilled workers for businesses and minimising the risks associated with employing first-time job seekers.

Moreover, it has built a scalable model to source, screen, and we match high volumes of young people based on their personal strengths, instead of simply looking at their educational history or other formal qualifications, and it can do this for multiple organisations at the same time.

Southern Africa Youth Project SayPro also assists job seekers in identifying which of their skills may need improvement and offers them help. On the supply side, SayPro sources and selects young people who exhibit demonstrated potential but who have gaps in work readiness, and puts them through an intensive bridging program that helps them cultivate the skills and personal development needed for success in the workplace.

They are then placed in preselected, permanent, formal-sector jobs. SayPro also addresses the resource constraints and lack of social networks that young people face when looking for work. It deploys recruiters to the areas of greatest deprivation, for example, and creates application processes that use accessible technology, such as cell phones, to reduce the costs of applying for a job.

Telephone: + 27 (0) 11 071 1903 Email: info@southern4africayouth.org Website: www.southernafricayouth.org

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