As one of the team captains this past year, Sam has been faithfully leading the CAST basketball team in KwaDabeka. A humble, genuine, and consistent leader, Sam is always at practice, always ready to help out, and always friendly to whomever he meets. Sam just finished and passed Matric at the ripe old age of 17.
Last year, Sam began a mentoring relationship with Mike Cox, a long-time supporter of CAST’s Youth Development Programme who attends Westville Baptist Church. Before they started meeting, Sam didn’t believe much in himself. But after meeting a few times with his mentor at Mugg & Bean, things began to change. One of Sam’s best qualities is his inquisitive nature; he is quick to ask thoughtful questions. And as Mike answered Sam’s questions, he began to look at life in a different way.
Sam had always planned to study business at university. However, Mike challenged Sam to consider starting his own business, focusing on hard work, keeping time, and cultivating passion for what you do.
After Sam applied to University of Western Cape and was denied with the only hope of being reconsidered at the end of the year, he began to lose hope.
However, as Sam said, “If Mike believes in me, how can I not believe in myself? Whenever I want to give up, I think of Mike Cox.”
Over time, Sam felt the freedom to chat with Mike when things went wrong at home or school. Mike even invited Sam to go to Ushaka with his family. After feeling the acceptance, understanding, and encouragement of Mike, Sam felt different. As Sam says, “I want to see what’s out there for me.”
Sam is one of several Senior Team Members in CAST’s KwaDabeka Youth Development Programme who have benefitted this year from mentoring and tutoring offered by CAST. CAST believes in empowering youth to reach their potential. One way you can get involved is through mentoring. Many of the guys in our programme are growing up without an active father-figure in their lives. As a mentor, you can make a huge impact by having coffee with a young man even once a month.
Another way you can get involved with CAST’s Youth Development Programme is through academic tutoring. Because of the lack of resources in township schools, many of our guys need academic assistance to succeed in Matric. If you are knowledgeable in Maths, Science, or English, come check out CAST’s tutoring programme on Friday afternoons in KwaDabeka.
Feel free to email George Mwaura at firstname.lastname@example.org if either of these opportunities interest you!