Our Story

Phakamani Young Minds Academy is a non-profit organisation with a PBO status, and it was established in February 2014 by Bokang Mokoena at the age of 19 years. Mr Bokang Mokoena (25) had it close to his heart for youth development programmes.

The organisation came into existence with the objective of gathering and empowering young people around Freedom Park and aid them with academic assistance, provide services such as homework supervision, exam preparations, extra mural activities to enhance personal development and for all young people and creating a safe after school environment for children and Youth.

By starting PYMA, Mr Mokoena realised that the latter not only needed the services but also needed to be assisted holistically. This became the time when the organisation started providing mentorship, career guidance to young people throughout their schooling career from their foundation phase up to their final years of secondary schooling. And looking at avenues to creating a space for work readiness for all our past grade 12 learners and volunteer tutors. The organisation came into existence because the latter wanted to render scarce services around the community for young people and these services include, providing access to post-school opportunities for Grade 8-12, learnerships and employment opportunities as well as work readiness skills and knowledge for Out of School Youth (OSY) aged 18-25 years.

 

Our Purpose, Mission And Vision

PURPOSE

We seek to develop the potential of young minds to enable their movement toward self-sustainable individuals.

MISSION

We bridge the skills development gap between those young minds who are willing but have no means and those who have means and are willing to provide educational support.

VISION

To empower young minds to become responsible, independent and active members of society.

“PYMA believes in each Young Minds potential, regardless of their family circumstances. We want every young mind to do the best that they can, for only with a solid foundation in education can our young minds pursue limitless opportunities.”

Core Values

Our work at Phakamani Young Minds Academy is underpinned by the following values:

SAFETY

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SELF WORTH

EMPOWERMENT

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STEWARDSHIP

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EXCELLENCE

Our Beneficiaries

Who are our beneficiaries?

We mainly help diverse beneficiaries from Grade 1 to 12 enrolled within South African quintile 3 Public Schools (no-fee schools) and further support all our ex-beneficiaries. Our beneficiaries come from disadvantaged communities of Freedom Park and surrounding areas, raised by single parents and on social grant.

Our Impact

Our Impact Since 2014

1813

young minds reached

28

Feeder Schools in Quintile 3 of the Department of Education.

98

young minds have completed grade 12 with the support of PYMA.

85%

young minds placed in various economic opportunities and trained in work readiness skills

113

113 youth participated in our in our tutoring/internship programmes

92 %

of young minds passed Grade 12 and and were eligible for university and college enrolments

69

mentees were paired with mentors and were able to devise high school exit strategies.

15

young minds provided with awards bursaries and learnerships

130

youth linked to our social employment opportunities

212

young minds are part of our alumni network

Our Impact Since 2014

1813

young minds reached

28

Feeder Schools in Quintile 3 of the Department of Education.

98

young minds have completed grade 12 with the support of PYMA.

85%

young minds placed in various economic opportunities and trained in work readiness skills

92 %

of young minds passed Grade 12 and and were eligible for university and college enrolments

69

mentees were paired with mentors and were able to devise high school exit strategies.

12

young minds awarded bursaries and learnerships

212

young minds are part of our alumni network

Our Management Team

Mthandazo Khumalo

Executive Director

Role

Ensuring organizational excellence
Programmes evaluations and consistent quality of finance
Fundraising & Donor management and retention
Staff Development & Human resources
Communication and systems development
Governance​

Xolisile Dladla

Programmes Manager

Role

Managing, monitoring and evaluating the youth work readiness, mentorship & ECDs support programme
Fundraising and resource mobilisation,
 ​ Donors and stakeholders' management
Social media and marketing
Training and logistics
Programmes site visitations
Recruitment of OSYs​

Khotso Ramushu

Programme Coordinator

Role

Management, implementation and coordination of the Afterschool Core Programme and Outreach Programme​
Stakeholders/partners management​
Recruitment, training and management of Volunteers​
Administration of the Afterschool Programme​

Luthando Ntantiso

Programme Administrator

Role

Managing and coordinating the Outreach Afterschool Programme​
Stakeholders and partners management​
Administration of the Afterschool Programme​
Providing learners and tutors' support
Parents Support​

Our Board of Directors

Our Financials and Annual Reports

We employ rigorous accounting standards and financial controls to effectively steward the funds entrusted to us by our partners and donors since our founding. We believe that to whom much is given, much is required. We apply this belief to every donation, large or small, and use it to create the highest level of financial accountability and transparency.

2017 Annual Report and 2017 Financials

2018 Annual Report and 2018 Financials

2019 Annual Report and 2019 Financials

2020 Annual Report and 2020 Financials

2021 Annual Report and 2021 Financials