Support our youth and earn tax benefits at the same time!
Girls and Boys Town have served an annual average of 34,416 beneficiaries, and we have over 100 children awaiting urgent admission into our 10 national therapeutic centres.
These youngsters need safe placements and caring, intensive, remediating care as they are struggling to make sense of their lives.
Please will you make your online donation here and lend a helping hand?
You see, we follow proven nurturing, remediating programmes, using a wide range of professional skills, which we have known to be effective over our 57 years of working with young people.
And your contribution today will help young people to face their challenges and demons, build strengths – and shine!
Like the support from our friends did for Kenneth* . . . his father was an alcoholic and died at a young age and his mother was too burdened with her own troubled past to care for her family.
Cast out by his extended family because of his behavioural struggles, Kenneth was admitted to Girls and Boys Town in 2012 when he was 14. He showed absolutely no respect for our caregivers; had a real struggle forming any bonds at all and was living in misery.
But with the gifts from our friends, in just two years, Kenneth has changed into a mature and caring young man. He is brimming with talent and the desire to help others. We are all so proud of him!
Please will you make your contribution here so we can reach out to more children like Kenneth?
Your donation made here before the end of February will mean you can claim your donation back from the Receiver of Revenue – and if you are a business owner your business will earn valuable BBBEE points.
And of course – you will be helping our boys and girls to shine at the same time!
*Not his real name.
Congratulations to our Alumni,Vincent Bones for Winning IDOLS!
The organisation is super proud of Vincent – including the girls from Alpha Home who have his performances on repeat! His musical talent is clearly bringing praise from Idols judges and fans alike – but we are convinced that it is Vincent’s powerful life story and his perseverance and strength to deal with all that life has thrown at him that has won the hearts of South Africans.
love, shelter and life-coaching to so many boys and since 2004, girls – and that Vincent is one of us. He says that Boys’ Town equipped him with numerous valuable life skills, but we salute him for equally giving back today to Girls & Boys Town.
Vincent, you are an inspiration to us and to all who know you, and we cheer you on wholeheartedly.
Vincent, you are indeed our idol!
Social Champion Charities Award Winner (2013)
Girls and Boys Town South Africa was awarded The Chairman's Choice Award: Social Champion Charities by The National Lotteries Board (NLB) during its first-ever Inaugural Awards ceremony held in Boksburg, Johannesburg on 18 April 2013.
This prestigious award aims to recognize our long-standing impeccable history of taking good care of children and youth at risk nationally, through our key programmes such as; Youth Development Centres, Education and Training, Family Homes and Evaluation and Research.
An EPIC fundraising effort
We’d like to say a huge thank you to Sean McCoy who recently completed the 706km Cape Epic – and raised more than R50 000 for Girls and Boys Town in the process.
Sean said ‘the response from management and the youngsters has been inspiring and simply motivates the need to do more for this worthy cause!’
We’re truly grateful that Sean decided to choose Girls and Boys Town as his charity of choice, and we would like to wish him the best of luck for the next event he is taking part in – the Spec-Savers Ironman South Africa, which takes place on 14 April.
This grueling event in Port Elizabeth consists of a 3,8km swim, 180,2km bike ride and a 42,2km run.
And once again, Sean is ‘doing’ the Ironman to raise funds for Girls and Boys Town.
Thank you Sean, and we hope you have a great time at the Ironman.
To contact Sean you can email him on firstname.lastname@example.org
Sean McCoy completed the SpecSavers Ironman last weekend, and is now gearing up to run the Comrades Marathon.
Having completed the Cape Epic (700km) and the Ironman (226km), the Comrades will see Sean having completed 1019km – all while raising funds for Girls and Boys Town. And we were thrilled to hear that so far, Sean has raised R65 000 in pledges.
Thank you Sean, your efforts are great appreciated!
Our boys give back to their community
The cost of living passively and denying oneself education normally brings about irreversible consequences that may go on to haunt individuals, families and the society. Girls and Boys Town is responsible in educating the youth in solidifying their future so that when they are re-integrated back to their families and the society, they will be responsible and caring citizens.
Ray Powels Learning Support Centre opens in Macassar
It was indeed a proud moment when we opened our 3rd Learning Support Centre at Macassar YDC in the Western Cape on Wednesday, 30 May 2012.
Amidst much applause and cheering, Mr Powels, brother of the late Ray Powels who bequeathed the money for the centre, officially opened the Ray Powels Learning Support Centre.
Lee Loynes, CEO of GBT and David Daniels, Chairman of GBT’s Board of Governors unveiled the plaque before visitors had the opportunity to look around.
Thanks to the generosity of Ray Powels the young men and women of GBT will have the privilege of learning in tastefully decorated study areas, with a big screen television, a media centre with new computers and the latest study guides and books.
The truth is, for our boys and girls this training centre is a doorway to endless possibilities – it provides a solid platform for them to dream big and achieve even bigger.
In her keynote address at the opening ceremony, Lee Loynes said, “This centre is here to help our children be the best they can be.” She advised them to use it to achieve their goals and become successful adults.
The many dignitaries and community leaders who were present at the opening echoed these sentiments.All of us at GBT are sincerely grateful to Ray Powels who had the wisdom to leave a bequest in his will. His time with us has passed but his gift will live on – for years to come.
Fun for the girls!
Our girls recently had loads of fun on our 54th birthday, and on their dress up day!
Our boys invited children from a nearby shelter that to spend a day with them at Macassar Campus. The boys shared their experiences with the visitors, and their stories of life at Girls and Boys Town.
World Aids Day – 1 December 2011
The children and staff at GB Town Tongaat hosted a very successful World Aids Awareness programme on 1 December.
“The theme for 2010 and the next year or two is Consolidation: Strengthen what we have and increase the quality of relationships, Care and nurturing of both youth and staff.” Derrick Groep, Head Residential Services
It is hard to believe that we are three years old. As I look back I remember the challenges and the uncertainty. Is this the right thing to do? Is this a service that children, youth and families in South Africa need? And the question that held a more personal challenge for me as the head of this new division – Can the Family Services Division uphold the sterling reputation that is synonymous with Girls and Boys Town South Africa?
The jury is still out on the last question but as a part of an organization that strives for excellence this is an on-going challenge. The anecdotal stories from families and family services workers in our three centres is evidence that the services of Girls and Boys Town South Africa is relevant and is able to make a difference in the lives of families and youth. It has also been rewarding for the dedicated staff rendering these services.
We have all learnt a lot. The Family Services teams have made services accessible to families in remote rural communities in the Western Cape; Gauteng and Kwazulu Natal. By establishing mobile Family Services teams Girls and Boys Town South Africa is able to deliver services beyond the “tarred road.”
As workers accessing families in their homes we have been taught the importance of respecting the family in their entirety – their culture and how they fit into the community where they live. We have been taught that unless you understand and respect the family in all its diversity and complexity you won’t be able to help. We learnt this vicariously through the experience of two family workers, Eshnett and Maureen. In a rural village they visited, they had to wait for the headman of the village to be present before they could speak to any member of the family. Because they respected the way
Family Services supports and complements the services of the other Girls and Boys Town Divisions, more especially, the Residential Services Division.
Training and Education services has achieved a milestone within the three years of Girls and Boys Town’s 50th birthday. The presentations which are done nationally gave an opportunity for schools to become more and more aware of our programmes, leading to the partnership with National Department of education to train 9 schools with high levels of violence and crime nationally. The project was completed successfully in 2010 with tremendous results and feedback from educators trained. Again, through the initiative of Anglo American Trust Fund, we worked with 14 schools around Gauteng and managed to get the Principals of those schools together at a forum to share their experiences and learn from each other. To date we have trained 740 schools and the total number of 8492 Educators, impacting on 261545 learners.
“Dramatic improvement, a sense of belonging and a spirit of togetherness.”
Post-training: 64% of educators believe that there is a good team relationship at their school. A phenomenal 42% increase in positivity.
“Now I sit down with learners and find out what could be the problem.”
Post-training:71% of educators were positive that there is a good relationship between educators and learners. Only 2% still felt it was poor. An amazing 58% reduction in educators’ perception of poor learner –educator relationships.
“I have learnt numerous helpful ways of instilling discipline without being punitive.”
Post-training: 70% of educators felt confident about their ability to manage their classroom. Only 2% still felt uncertain about their ability. An exceptional increase of 41% was indicated by educators about their classroom management ability.
Girls & Boys Town Kagiso has launched its first of the four Learning Support Centres that will provide South African youth with access to the latest educational technology-thanks to Lotto.
These Learning Support centres comprise of four connected services: Computer assisted learning, Counselling room, face to face Classroom and a Library. Any Learners that are referred to the centre have to be assessed first to determine the level and the learning area most appropriate for them. Once they are placed at the appropriate level; learners are then introduced to the Computer-Assisted learning which is self-paced, flexible and non-threatening.
All of the above would have been impossible without our dedicated Learning Support Staff and Trainers, a big thank you to you!
Achieving this goal has required significant growth in the capacity of the Research Dept. This saw the birth of the Evaluation and Reasearch division in 2008.
Reports for all these evaluations are submitted within strict timelines.
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