More than 4 000 teenagers and young adults gave the Inspired Youth workshop at NASREC a rapturous response on Saturday when a lineup of South Africa’s most influential role models shared their personal insights on the path to success and a fulfilling lifestyle.
Filling a giant hall and two satellite rooms, the huge audience of the country’s future leaders listened attentively and took notes as Dene Botha, MD of Pride Factor, explained the concept of the Inspired Youth movement and conducted interactive tasks designed to help them identify their passions and convert those into careers.
Vibey pop star Alexandra May got the house rocking before entrepreneur Miles Kubheka expanded on how he founded the Vuyos brand after being inspired by a TV advert and wheel-chair bound Sandile Mkhize gave an inspirational talk on how differently-abled people can do anything that anybody else can do, they just do it differently.
After a rousing rendition of the National Anthem, author and businesswoman Nozi Kubeka motivated those present to become ‘awesome’ and recommended her book ‘Teenagers’ while Iris Cupido presented an moving talk and video of her climb from a rural community and abusive relationships to become the CEO of the SABC Foundation through persistence and hard work.
The appearance of TV celebrity Minnie Dlamini drew screams of appreciation as she spoke of her route to success and the roof was nearly raised when everyone’s favourite television presenter Katlego Maboe brought his special presence to the stage, ending his stimulating presentation with a self-penned song encouraging everyone to overcome the problem of racism.
Inspiration reached new heights as superstar rapper Rouge urged the audience to stand up and get involved with her unique brand of high-energy music and surprise guest, the hugely popular DJ Sbu, built the momentum even higher with his words of wisdom on how to become the person you want to be.
The momentous occasion, which opened the 10-day Youth Month Career Development Expo, culminated with thousands of inspired youth receiving lunch before heading for the afternoon talks by the National Financial Literacy Association, while the organisers attended a Networking Dinner hosted by One Young World that evening.
“Inspired Youth is such an incredible initiative! I feel inspired and would love to be invited to more Inspired Youth workshops,” said Perseverance Romalla on her feedback form handed in at the end of the event.
“I really enjoyed every moment and from today I’ll pull my socks up! I’ll learn to inspire before I expire,” was Palesa Banda’s comment, while Londy remarked “Had the best day of my life, I enjoyed each and every speaker.”
Produced by Pride Factor, the founders of the Inspired Youth movement which is being rolled out across the country, and production partners Liquorish Inc; the four-hour workshop was run in conjunction with the National Financial Literacy Association, National Youth Skills Development Programme, One Young World, the SABC Foundation and the Gauteng Provincial Government.
The event was proudly supported by Investec, Synchronised Marketing, Vodacom, the McCormick Property Development properties (Thorntree Shopping Centre, Soshanguve Plaza, Atteridge Stadium Centre and Diepkloof Square), Protea Hotels, AquaVita Mineral Water and Score Energy Drink, many of whom also sponsored groups of youngsters to attend the workshop.
The 2016 Youth Month Career Development Expo runs from 10-19 June and includes hundreds of exhibitors showcasing information from a wide range of industries, academic institutions, NGO’s and Government Departments. Attendance is expected to exceed 10 000 people each day.
SMS ‘InspiredYouthSA’ to 45745 for more information on the NASREC workshop, future events and the recently launched Inspired Youth Membership Platform. (Standard rates apply at R1.50 per SMS)
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