The Growth Path is a project for young teenagers, who have a lot of potential to lead their peers and want to have a positive impact in their direct environments. The project ultimately aims at supporting future leaders to create social change. We select previous attendees our youth camps, who have demonstrated high levels of motivation, interest and leadership potential to become participants in this project.

The project consists of regular trainings, coaching sessions and workshops to prepare the teenagers for their role at the youth camps. The goal of the project is that the teenagers become grown-up supervisors at our youth camps and can run their own youth project independently. To achieve this, the teenagers go through five stages (shown below).

With every new stage, the teenagers can take more responsibility. At their first camp as a facilitator, they can explain different games to the participants and at the following camps; they lead small groups and discussion sessions and after several camps. Later on, as ‘supervisors in training’, they can also offer activities for larger groups help us in planning and managing the whole youth camp.

In this process, they will gain a lot of knowledge andget a chance to become a role model for younger teenagers. This is a massive motivation for them to become the best version of themselves.

 

Growth Path Stages

In every stage, we focus on four important elements of their personal development:

  • Knowledge & Consciousness: They will gain more knowledge about their society, existing inequality and the impact of societal structures and different forms of discrimination from an intersectional lens. In addition, they will learn how people’s lives can be improved and how they can assist to uplift their community.
  • Motivation: The practical experience of working with younger teenagers will increase their motivation to become active and make a positive contribution to the lives of others.
  • Leadership skills: They will develop essential leadership skills, such as teamwork, facilitating skills, public speaking, digital skills, conflict resolution and management skills.
  • Personal Growth: They will grow as individuals through our workshops focusing personal development, e.g. self-confidence, self-reflection and setting goals. In addition, we assist the teenagers with their academics and professional development through individual coaching sessions and career guidance.

 

Multipliers

our Multipliers


Brett Veldman

That’s me in three – five sentences

My name is Brett Veldman. I was born in 2010, living in Pretoria and going to grade 9. I’m a funny person, calm and confident. I love playing soccer. My favorite club is FC Barcelona.

My role in the organization and how do I feel myself with that role?

At Bridging Gaps e.V., I’m currently a multiplier which means that leaders who have already been part of a youth exchange teach others and multiply so that more teenagers can grow and become a multiplier too.

Everything is fine for me, I’m feeling well with that role. Going to Germany was a special experience for me. I spent two weeks in Konstanz, which is a very loving, beautiful an quiet place. I love Brezeln and the beautiful cars. I want others to follow in my footsteps.

That’s how I see myself in five years – within the organization and outside of it

I don’t like to predict the future, one never knows what happens next. But I think I’ll still be in touch with Bridging Gaps. I want to become a supervisor. Apart from that, I love cooking and would like to become a chef and have a successful life.


Kutloano Kekana

That’s me in three – five sentences

My name is Kutlwano Kekana. I’m 17 years of age. I’m doing my grade 11 at Ribane Laka Secondary school. I’m a very calm and collected person. I’m very innovative and I’m always willing to learn and I’m always eager to be introduced to new things. i enjoy drawing and I draw my own designs on my spare time.

My role in the organization and how do I feel myself with that role?

I’m currently a Multiplier at Bridges Camp which means I have been part of the youth exchange. My role as a Multiplier is to guide upcoming multipliers at Bridging gaps on how to improve their leadership skills and become part of their growth path of becoming leaders. I have experience a lot of greatness at Bridging gaps. One of my biggest highlights of all was me getting out of my comfort zone. Even though it wasn’t an easiest obstacle to overcome but Bridging gaps made it easy and possible for me. I’ve learnt to become my own person and believe what I do and what I say , that’s why I’m able to stand in front of a group of people and have my own voice. This organization has taught me the art of building relationships within teams and defining identities and achieving tasks effectively. It has also provided me an opportunity to learn to identify and display effective communication and interpersonal skills.
I grew up in a very small household with no siblings. I didn’t know what it means to be part of a team and what it means to interact with other people. All thanks to Bridging gasp to exposing me to very beautiful people with beautiful hearts. This has helped me to be a leader that I am now. This is why I see Bridging gaps as my second home.

That’s how I see myself in five years – within the organization and outside of it

In the coming years , I see my self succeeding and becoming what I’ve always dreamt to be. I want to achieve all my goals and make something out of my education. I want to create a meaningful , purposeful and fulfilling life and learn how to use that to make an impact and a difference in the lives of others.

In relation to Bridging gaps, I want to see myself as part of the team still and grown to be a big and strong leader. I want to create a platform for youtg who have place potential to be the leaders of tomorrow and create opportunities for them to grow more and more and be part of their growth path. I would be really happy and proud to help in finding sponsors and donors for this organization. It would also be really such an honor to also be one of the donors


Jamiroquai Donell Jors

That’s me in three – five sentences

I was born in 2001, a young lovable person. When I love is to be able to see my friends and family, being happy, just being closer to God and having good conversations. What I enjoyed most is having people where I could just talk for hours and hours and hours and there is just laughing.

My role in the organization and what I experienced with Bridging Gaps so far

I am now a multiplier at Bridges Camp but I started out as a facilitator, then a Supervisor in Training. What I experienced is that the camp really stays for long.

There are not just there for the camp, they come longer than you thought or expected. They care longer and reach out to kids and for me that is good because even if I am far, I still text them.

The camp goes an extra mile to give kids an opportunity, they made it possible for me to go to Germany, a place I never thought I would have gone to. And for that I am grateful. And they still reach out to the older members, they don’t forget and they are still there for us.

In 5 years, I see myself studying and make something out of my life.

That’s how I see myself in five years – within the organization and outside of it

In relation to the organisation, I want to raise at least 6000 Rand for Bridges Camp, which I want to get through sponsors. And I see myself just being a person who has respect and is not judging, even if I still do that now. And someone who encourages others not to judge and accept people as who they are and teach others as well.


Fortunate Hlatswayo

I’m Fortunate Mancoba Hlatswayo. And I was born in Mamelodi, Pretoria. I’m just a young man who is still doing his 11th grade in one of the high schools in Mamelodi. What I enjoy doing is exploring and learning more about the earth in general. I chose to study sciences at school because of the adventure zeal inside of me. Nature fulfills the person I am, I think I enjoy being in nature because of the rhythm nature has. And I was born in a country that has beautiful mountains, waterfalls, precious rocks, wild animals you name it.


Reezan Damon

That’s me in three – five sentences

My name is Reezan Damon, I was born in 2002 and will finish high school in 2019.

I’m a very confident person, I like making jokes and to see people smile. Moreover I’m very determined to learn something new and I always want to try new challenges. What’s important to me is grabbing whatever opportunity that’s offered to me with both hands.

My role in the organization and how do I feel myself with that role?

I’m not sure what I am right now at this camp because I have already done some things that some others are doing and learning only now. My role as a multiplier would be to share my knowledge and experiences that I gained here at the camp with people from outside the organization.

I do a lot of things at once here at the camp and it helps me grow as an individual. I think this role suits me perfect.

That’s how I see myself in five years – within the organization and outside of it

In five years I see myself as a part of the organization’s management, trying my best to give other participants the opportunities that I got and let them experience what I experienced and much more.

Also I see myself studying then for becoming an accountant and changing people’s life’s positively with the knowledge that I gained from Bridging Gaps.


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Supervisors in Training

our Supervisors in Training

Gontse Segudla

That’s me in three – five sentences

My name is Gontse Segudla, I was born in 2003 and in grade 10.

Usually I’m a quiet and thoughtful person but sometimes I can also be loud or the centre of attention. Also, I would describe myself as generous and I really like to debate or win an argument. Further, I like art and I draw a lot and I like animation or cartoons. Moreover, I like listening to any music, mostly poetic rap.

My role in the organization and how do I feel myself with that role?

Currently, I’m a Supervisor in Training. As such I feel comfortable because I’m able to connect with other people on a different level and also I like making people aware of the opportunities that creative thinking can produce.

That’s how I see myself in five years – within the organization and outside of it

In five years I’ll definitely still be in touch with Bridging Gaps. Maybe I’ll be able to provide Bridges Camp a platform to expand and offer more people the opportunity to be able to access such kinds of organizations.

Outside the organization I’m going to study engineering or I become an architect.


Kelly Minnie

That’s me in three – five sentences

I’m Kelly Minnie, soon turning I was born in 2002 and going to grade 10. I like swimming, because it calms me and I like reading because it enables you to leave the world. When I get passionate about something I get loud, but generally I tend to listen more to people than that I talk. I also like cooking or rather I prefer baking.

My role in the organization and how do I feel myself with that role?

Right now, I’m a Supervisor in Training at Bridging Gaps. I think it’s kind of like of being a facilitator, but with more responsibility and more activities you are responsible for. So it goes deeper. I’m enjoying it so far.

That’s how I see myself in five years – within the organization and outside of it

I think I’ll still be active, they have taught me so much to grow, so I would like helping others to grow as I did. Yes, possibly I’m going to be a supervisor.

I wouldn’t like to take a gap year, but study straight after school, because then you are still into learning. I’d like to study psychology in Potchefstroom, because I was told there the courses are the best. I’m afraid I’m not good in giving advices so I guess I have to learn a lot more in that area before really becoming a psychologist. As Potchefstroom is not so far from Pretoria I would still be able to drive down on camp weekends.


Khutso Kekana

That’s me in three – five sentences

I’m Khutso Kekana, born in September 2003. I live in Pretoria Mamelodi and will finish high school in 2020.

I see myself as a person who has a lot of boundaries, which means that I have certain limits other people should respect. If they don’t respect them I try to explain them how I am and if they still do not respect me I stop interacting with them. But generally I’m an open and friendly person. I like talking to people and also to listen to them. I like soccer, drawing and watching cartoons.

My role in the organization and how do I feel myself with that role?

I have been here with Bridging Gaps since 2015, so this is my third year here and currently I’m a Supervisor in Training. First, a teacher brought me in contact with Bridging Gaps e.V. and then I also heard other students talking about it so I was curious and wanted to go there too.

Being a Supervisor in Training comes with more responsibility, hard work and education. If you are not properly prepared for that role you won’t enjoy it, but I feel comfortable and well prepared. I’m still trying getting used to my new role but if I had a problem I would communicate with others. I like asking for help and was told that if I have a problem I should just approach a supervisor so that they can clarify it for me.

That’s how I see myself in five years – within the organization and outside of it

In five years I see myself still being in touch with Bridging Gaps because I always like forming ever new bonds and being around people. Being with people of other race or background  – I like it.

Outside the organization I see myself studying at a university animation, programming and sound engineering, because I like expressing myself through arts.


Lyza Msiza

That’s me in three – five sentences

My name is Lyza Goodness, born in 2002, living in Pretoria and will finish high school in 2019.  I’m a kind, bubbly, funny and chilled person. I like listening and talking to people as well as making friends. Also, I’m good-hearted. In my free time I watch movies or hang out with my friends and I like drawing.

My role in the organization and how do I feel myself with that role?

I’m a Supervisor in Training at Bridging Gaps. I feel that my role is an important role in the camp, so that means that I have to try being a good leader in order to help others with good understanding and make them aware of things that are happening in their own country and other countries as well. Further, I enjoy being a supervisor in training because it comes with great responsibilities and it is also enjoyable. What’s more, I am having fun with teaching other people and being at the camp and it’s also a great experience. I’m a fast learner so if I would find myself in a situation where I am lost I would ask for help and I have a great understanding afterwards.

That’s how I see myself in five years – within the organization and outside of it

For me, in five years time, I’ll definitely be a supervisor because Bridges Camp is part of my life now and I wouldn’t like imagining a life without it. I’ll work hard so that I can stay here because now I’m part of the family.

Also, I think in five years time I’m going to be in university studying space engineering. You can study this only in Cape Town, so I would probably move there but maybe one could also start Bridging Gaps activities there, because what I learnt here I can also apply somewhere else.


Olivia Christians

That’s me in three – five sentences

My name is Olivia Christians, I was born 2003, living in Pretoria and will finish high school in 2019.

I’m an indoor person, so I like writing stories and poems and also watching movies. I have two sisters and am a good listener.

My role in the organization and how do I feel myself with that role?

I’m an SIT (short for Supervisor in training) but as we are so many at the moment I’m currently working on the facilitator a programme. I enjoy it a lot, we have a lot more tasks than before. We need to make sure to gain all the knowledge we are still missing e.g. learning more games and activities to do with the participants at the camp. That’s challenging but I like challenges. I enjoy working with the group I’m in now and am looking forward to the next camp. The first time I was very nervous but this time I feel comfortable and excited.

That’s how I see myself in five years – within the organization and outside of it

I might a supervisor then because this is the whole point of us growing. Of course, I think I’ll still be part, because Bridging Gaps is a part of me now.

Moreover, I really want to pursue a career in filming and I would also be interested in studying Psychology.


Omphile Makhoane

That’s me in three – five sentences

Hi, I’m Omphile Makhoane. I was born November 2002 and will finish high school in 2019.

If I shall describe myself, I’ say that I’m a very kind and funny person but sometimes I can be also serious and I like to explore new things.

My role in the organization and how do I feel myself with that role?

Currently I’m a supervisor in training (SIT) at Bridging Gaps. I feel great with that role but sometimes it can be also hard for me. Through being an SIT I experienced a lot and went through many challenges. So far I always found a solution for any problem I was facing.

That’s how I see myself in five years – within the organization and outside of it

In five years I like to see myself as a business man helping other people the way as Bridging Gaps has helped me.

I think I’ll still be in touch with bridging gaps then and I would also like to help Bridging Gaps to network in other countries.


Patience Dick

That’s me in three – five sentences

I’m Patience Dick, a Sotho from Pretoria, born in 2003. I will finish high school in 2021.

I’m a kind person that smiles a lot. I like to communicate with others but I’m a shy person,  so usually I wait for people to approach me rather than taking the initiative myself to go to them. I like reading, watching movies and traveling. I eat a lot and love food J

If I have nothing to do at home, I visit my friends or go to the library. My favorite subjects are Maths and EMS (Economics).

My role in the organization and how do I feel myself with that role?

I feel happy, overly excited and proud of being a supervisor in training (SIT). I was told that I’m going to be an SIT in August, so the next camp will be the first for me in that new role.

I want to bond with everyone and I want to know the persons better. Currently I mainly stay with the persons I already know, so I want to overcome that boundary and communicate more with both the participants and facilitators, making more friends out of all groups.

That’s how I see myself in five years – within the organization and outside of it

Then, I see myself as a supervisor, helping other teenagers and my community and I also see myself as a leader and role model.

Besides, I want to go and study further, mainly I want to study economics, accounting, life orientation and business, computer application technology and technical technology. So I want to become a well-educated, wise and independent young lady. Either I want to build my own company and be a business woman or as second option I see myself doing fashion design. Lastly, I want to build a big house for my parents.


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Zunaid Mathou

That’s me in three – five sentences

My name is Zunaid Mathou, born in 2003, from Pretoriaand I will finish high school in 2019. I like communicating with people and showing my interests in certain things. I like engaging with people and making friends. All in all I would describe me as a friendly and funny person.

My role in the organization and how do I feel myself with that role?

Now at Bridging Gaps I’m a Supervisor in training. I think it’s going to take a lot of work but I like it. Yet I haven’t made so much experiences since it’s the first time for me in that role but I feel comfortable and am looking forward to making new experiences in that role.

That’s how I see myself in five years – within the organization and outside of it

In five years I see myself as a great leader with a lot of knowledge and experience. Of course I will still be in touch and active with bridging gaps, it’s like my second home now! Bridging Gaps e.V. is a funny place where you can learn a lot of things. Regarding my personal future I want to study for being a pilot and travel the world.


Facilitator A

our Facilitators A

Jaco Wagner

That’s me in three – five sentences

Hi, I’m Jaco Wagner from Pretoria. I was born in 2006. In my free time, I like playing games. I enjoy having fun with other young people. Thereby I like to do lot’s of witty and dumb comments and I can be chaotic at times.

My current role in the organization and how do I feel myself with that role?

At Bridging Gaps e.V., currently I’m a facilitator group A. I feel very good with that role. Although I’m not so good in explaining things I can get through with it because I get support and help from the supervisors. I was a facilitator at the last camp for the first time and the camp went good. I’m very much looking forward to the next camp. Last time some participants didn’t take me serious, because I’m still very young but I could cope with it because of the help of an supervisor in training.

That’s how I see myself in five years – within the organization and outside of it

In five years I think I’ll still be in contact with Bridging Gaps but maybe not so active anymore because of matrics (final school exams in South Africa). In the long run I’m dreaming of becoming a technical engineer – I would love to build, repair and design technical devices like phones or PCs.


Facilitator B

our Facilitators B


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Amokelani Dlamini

That’s me in three – five sentences

My name is Amokelani Dlamini, born in 2004. I live in Pretoria Mamelodi.

If I shall describe myself, I would say, I’m a shy person. Further, I’m tolerant. My favorite sport that I’m doing is boxing. Finally, I laugh a lot.

My role in the organization and how do I feel myself with that role?

I’m a facilitator B at the moment. Sometimes I feel a few steps behind but I’m willing to take the necessary steps to one day being an SIT. A good experience from the last camps and this one are the evening circle games. I like that Bridges Camp gives everyone a platform to do what they like for example reading the books that where displayed in the shelves at the campsite.

That’s how I see myself in five years – within the organization and outside of it

In five years, I think I’ll still be active with Bridging Gaps and I also think that I’ll also get the opportunity to teach others who come after me. Further, I want to see myself in university doing social courses in terms of helping others like Bridging Gaps is also helping others. Actually, I would also see myself recruiting other teenagers to come to Bridging Gaps as I have already seen lot’s of people in my community struggling with racism.


Breyton Milton

That’s me in three – five sentences

I’m Breyton Milton, born in September 2001 and will finish high school in 2019.

I’m a little bit shy, loving and caring. Generally, I’m a calm person, but I have anger and can snap very quickly. My favorite color is red. I like talking and eating sweets like lollipops. Also, I like fashion, long hair and cars. I’m playing rugby but currently I’m injured. Further, I’m also busy writing my own rap songs – yeah that’s me!

My role in the organization and how do I feel myself with that role?

In December 2017, I was at the camp for the first time. Now I’m facilitating for the first time. For me my role is to help other children not being racist, seeing that everyone is equal, helping other children or teenagers to get to know each other and to make new friends and not to be shy. The other part of my role is to learn kids what to do, how to see their vision and that what they have heard about races so far might not be true and that everyone is equal. I like that role because first when I came to the camp I was shy and along the line, I got comfortable with everybody around me and started making new friends.

That’s how I see myself in five years – within the organization and outside of it

In five years, I’ll be in the army, working for the army. My reason why I want to go there is that in case other people want to come into our land to destroy it, for me knowing that our country is safe means a lot for me. And after coming back from abroad my plan is to study and then turning my job into that of a policemen. The reason for that decision is that where I live there is a lot of crime and at the moment many policemen are corrupt and you can easily bribe them. I want to become a better educated policemen. I have been dreaming about this from the age of two


Bhekumuzi Calvin Phala

That’s me in three – five sentences

Hi, I’m Bhekumuzi Calvin Phala. I was born in 2002, living in Pretoria I’m a Christian and love contemporary gospel music. Further, I love eating and browsing through the internet in my free time. Moreover, I love youth exchanges, especially those out of the country. I participate in every exchange I meet the criteria. For example, I’ve recently been to the US for three weeks staying there in a host family. I like traveling, getting to know more about Africa. I’m good in communicating with other people from different cultures.

My role in the organization and how do I feel myself with that role?

Currently I’m a facilitator group B. I feel good with that role because I get to share with other students what I have learned within the organization. Since I get the opportunity to exchange I just enjoy my role because it helps other participants throughout the camp and I think meeting people from other cultures helps to overcome racism and you can learn a lot from each other.

That’s how I see myself in five years – within the organization and outside of it

In five years time I see myself having exchanged many minds of people of different backgrounds. I see myself having founded a branch of Bridging Gaps e.V. in other countries to further spread the message and creating exchanges for students from different cultures.

In future I want to be an IT specialist and do music and I want to stay in London or the United States and take my family for a visit there in order to make them aware of the other world, so that I don’t have to tell them but that they can see with there own eyes how people in other countries are and behave.


Dezunique Lottriet

That’s me in three – five sentences

Hi, I’m Daisy Lottriet. I was born in October 2006. I live in Pretoria West and are in grade 6 right now. In my free time I like reading books, watching TV, playing rugby or netball and I also like writing stories. So I’m very active, only sometimes a bit quiet.

My role in the organization and how do I feel myself with that role?

At the moment I’m a facilitator B. Yes, I do feel comfortable with that role, but I feel that I need to improve my English. Through Bridging Gaps I made a lot of friends, the activities are good and they also help me to improve my English.

That’s how I see myself in five years – within the organization and outside of it

I five years I see myself helping people or animals. I think I’ll still be in touch with Bridging Gaps. I can imagine becoming a supervisor or multiplier.


Hlubi Nkosi

Tat’s me in three – five sentences

Hi, my name is Hlubi Nkosi and I was born in 2005. I live in Pretoria and are in 8thgrade. Normally I would describe myself as a quiet person but I like fun and I also like to dance.

My role in the organization and how do I feel myself with that role?

Currently, I’m a facilitator group B, which means that I’m helping the supervisors and gapping the bridge between the supervisors and the participants. I feel it is a good role for me since I can even go up to supervising. I’m still new in that role but I’m looking forward to getting more experienced.

That’s how I see myself in five years – within the organization and outside of it, an d

In five years time, I think I’ll still be involved in Bridging Gaps, I think I’m going to be a multiplier then and as such I’ll be able to really explain to other people what Bridging Gaps is all about. Further, in five years I want to be studying mechanical engineering at the university.