Afrika Tikkun celebrates 25 years at recent annual general meeting

Afrika Tikkun hosted its annual general meeting (AGM) for the year 2018 on Thursday, 13 June at the Belron Training Centre based at their Uthando Centre of Excellence in the inner city of Johannesburg. At the meeting, attendees were provided with some overwhelming impact statistics.

Addressing the AGM audience, Marc Lubner, CEO of Afrika Tikkun explained, “Our Cradle to Career 360˚ model benefits young, economically disadvantaged people in South Africa, from the age of two until they are fully independent, employed adults. Together with them, our programme benefits whole families, giving them support and the necessary tools to help their children grow and gain economic empowerment.”

“The biggest beneficiary is the South African economy. The more engaged, educated, employable and employed the population, the less unemployment and crime there will be.”, he added.

The Cradle to Career 360º model consists of core programmes encompassing Early Childhood Development (ECD) for ages 2 – 6, Child and Youth Development (CYD) for ages 7 - 18, the Career Development Programme (CDP) for ages 18 – 25 and the Alumni Programme, as well as additional support services such as Nutrition and Food Security, Health Care, Gender Based Violence (GBV) and Child Abuse, Family Support and an Empowerment Programme for children and families living with disabilities.

2018 in numbers

Afrika Tikkun’s core programmes reached a total of 9,865 young people. With their additional services such as Family Support, the organisation impacts an average of 12,000 young lives per annum.
1,381,572 meals were served across all five Centres of Excellence in Johannesburg and Cape Town.

The Centres of Excellence had a 93% matric pass rate and 74% of grade 12 alumni were enrolled in tertiary education and further learning.

1,523 young people registered for the Career Development Programme (CDP) with an 84% completion rate. 1,132 young people were provided with employment or self-employment opportunities.
3,857 families were supported through grant access, and parenting skills and family development.

400 staff received training in different subject-aligned disciplines, demonstrating Afrika Tikkuns commitment to continuous skills development. 

Celebrating 25 years

This year the theme of the AGM was ‘25 years strong’, celebrating Afrika Tikkun’s 25 years of enabling the economic empowerment of South African youth through their Cradle to Career 360˚ model, which has earned the organisation recognition for being one of the most impactful organisations in South Africa. The impact of these services over the past 25 years includes:

Reaching 28,000 children aged 2 - 6 years through the Early Childhood Development (ECD) Programme; 62,500 school going children aged 7 – 18 years through the Child and Youth Development (CYD) Programme; and 10,000 skilled and employable young adults aged 18 – 25 through the Career Development Programme (CDP). Employment opportunities have been found for more than 400 individuals per annum.

There have been over 20 million meals served, 75,000 families were supported, and 480,000 people received primary healthcare services.

Lubner concluded, “We strive for a world where child poverty and youth unemployment are a thing of the past… Where every young person is given an opportunity to the best they can be. We are ever grateful for the contributions and support of our donors, partners and stakeholders, without whom we would not be able to make this a reality for so many of South Africa’s young people”.

For more information on Afrika Tikkun and their initiatives call 011 325 5914, email info@afrikatikkun.org or visit www.afrikatikkun.org.
 
Issued by: Tammy Gerber Paddington Station PR tammy@paddingtonstationpr.co.za 021 447 0564
 
On behalf of: Afrika Tikkun media@afrikatikkun.org 011 325 5914

 

Date published: 
Thursday, 20 June, 2019
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