Despairing statistics released recently indicate a rise in unemployment in the first quarter of 2016, from 24.5% to 26.7% of which 50% comprise youth. With 44% of the Western Cape’s population under the age of 25, the Provincial Government has given a high level of importance to youth development initiatives. As a result the above Awards will recognise outstanding individuals and organisations that have contributed towards youth excellence in their respective fields. This year the awards process attracted 41 applications from across the Western Province of which 21 were shortlisted. All 21 projects were rigorously evaluated and recently presented to a panel of adjudicators.
This year’s finalists for the prestigious awards are:
Access Trust, Amy Biehl Foundation, Columba Leadership Trust, Dream Factory Foundation, enke:Make Your Mark, Graceland, Iliso Care Society, Indoni Dance, Arts and Leadership Academy, Khululeka Grief Support, Laphumilanga Youth Development Association, Net Vir Pret, Mamelani Proseed Youth Development, Oasis Association, Rainbow Arts Organisation, Rural Arts Network, SAILI, St Anne’s Homes, The Communiversity of SA, The Pebbles Project Trust, The Sozo Foundation and Sunny Sky Projects.
Congratulations to all the 2016 finalists!