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WHY PAY R200 FOR A YOUTH DIALOGUE (TALK)?

We were made aware earlier today of a post circulating on social media (primarily on Facebook) by a gentleman called Gabriel Malose who doesn’t understand why should one pay R200 to attend the Tshwane Youth Leadership Talk (TYLT). I felt that it was very important for us as a movement to give clarity on this matter.
 
Since inception, our organisation – Agape Youth Movement(AYM) has been supported by various and most innovative means of fundraising. Through all our 25 initiatives, we were able to self-fund our programmes. This ranges from car wash campaigns (2011-2012), gospel concerts, to even advanced fund-raising strategies such as rendering services under our NPC structure and using the profits to impact thousands of lives across South Africa.
 
Let me make it clear to everyone that our organisation is self-funded (since 2009) and does not receive any donations from global organisations. The success of the organisation’s programmes lies with the amazing social capital (human resources) we have acquired over the years. The brilliant young men and women who work tirelessly and selflessly by contributing their skills towards the development of their communities, is what sets us apart from other organisations in South Africa that are funded by bother international and local funders. Also, we have created strategic partnerships with other development agencies and organisations who believe in our vision – striving for a capacitated and empowered youth who participate in the positive transformation of Africa.
 
The Annual Tshwane Youth Leadership Talks are phase one of an award-winning and innovative Learner-leader intervention within rural schools called #Moetapele which is endorsed by the national Department of Basic Education. This programme is fully-funded by AYM. Amid the current leadership crisis and the loud cry for a new breed of leadership, #Moetapele was designed and piloted by a group of industry experts during 2015 with efforts to combat and ultimately eradicate the leadership crisis we have in this country.
 
All the contributions from the public (in any form) are channelled towards financing the programme to run within Limpopo and Gauteng (emphases added throughout).
 
When you [the participant] pay a minimum INVESTMENT FEE of R200, you are indirectly financing the development of a new breed of leaders who will create real change this country is yearning for. Also, note that the event is a gathering of young thought leaders. It is a dialogue to engage and equip our brains with powerful content from incredible leaders and industry experta who have/are contributing to the positive transformation of this country. It is for this reason that we call your contribution ‘an investment’ for you and other young people in South Africa.
 
We are grateful to every person who has supported this programme since 2015. Continue to support us as we continue to develop exceptional leaders who will create impeccable change within our society.
 
As our mission states, we are a youth-led organisation implementing programmes aimed at previously disadvantaged youth in South African townships and rural areas. Our programmes seek to capacitate and empower the youth with relevant skills using innovative tools. We do this by;
– Making youth aware of their own potential and the role they can play in transforming society for the better;
– Provide youth leadership skills and capacitate the youth to engage meaningfully with societal issues and devise their own solutions.
– Provide structured support to the capacitated youth leaders in their endeavours; and
– Facilitate mutual support and mentoring of youth-based organisations.
 
We invite you to be part of the 3rd Annual Tshwane Youth Leadership Talk taking place on the 24th of June 2017 at the ZK Matthews Great Hall in UNISA. Do visit www.tylt.aym.org.za to know more about this important youth leadership talk and how to be part of it.
 
Thank you for your support! May God continue to bless you as you continue to support us in our quest to unlock a new breed of leaders in our society.
 
Issued by Thabang Ramoroka (Abuti Rams)
Chief Empowerment Officer (CEO)
Agape Youth Movement NPC/NPO

Poverty is your worst enemy

I’m going to be as brutally honest as I can with you today. Please bear with me.
 
If you ever thought poverty is a myth, then I want you to pay attention for the next few minutes.
 
Reality of the matter is that poverty is real and it is not something you should entertain. We wake up each day to face a monster called poverty. This evil create shuts our eyes from seeing bigger visions about our lives. It deprives us the opportunity to live our dreams. Poverty distracts us from our real ambitions in life.
 
We wake up each day to fight poverty. Some wake up early hours of the day to go to work, some go sell products and services to make money whilst others are studying towards having a better future to eradicate poverty. But what is the best way to fight poverty? Are we comfortable with our current situations? Are we happy to be “surviving” all the time?
 
At some point in our lives, we gotta start having crazy faith that’s bigger than our bank balances. In-fact, our bank balances should be motivation enough to go out there and work harder than before. We need to hustle until the hustle gets tired of us. Until the hustle start complaining, you don’t have a right to stop.
 
Poverty is not your friend. You can’t be acting like it will smile be nice to you. Poverty is out to get you. You need to work harder. You need to put in all the energy. You need to press on. You need to push like never before.
 
My prayer for you and I today is that we start seeing poverty as the enemy. We can only conquer it if we put in the work. Do everything in our power to take advantage of all the opportunities life presents to us. We need to see beyond the obvious. Break boundaries. Push ourselves to the limit and never stop dreaming big. After all, there’s no crime in dreaming big as long as we also act big!
 
See you at the top!