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HANDS AND HEART

ABOUT US
Research has proven that strong education, life-skills and sound training stimulate productivity and economic growth.  Many young men in our community don’t have access to proper education or life-skills programs and find it increasingly difficult to find gainful employment when they leave school.  In addition, they are ill equipped to deal with the pressures of having sound education and emotional maturity to enter the work place.

The Hands & Heart Skills Development

Our program is designed to empower young men to develop to their full potential and to seize both employment and personal growth opportunities.  By providing the necessary building blocks of strong training and skills development, our graduates can proudly enter the job market or start their own business.

The success of the project has been proven over the last 2 years with 28 young men completing the course and graduating from the Hands & Heart Skills Development Centre.  Not only have they been equipped with the necessary skills & tools to enter the job market but as well-rounded young men with the passion to take the next step in their future.

This is achieved through a comprehensive 11 month program that teaches them

  • Practical skills development such as carpentry, welding & metal work, plumbing, bricklaying, paving and tiling
  • Promotes emotional and spiritual development through social communication, leadership, self-development and problem solving skills
  • Develops entrepreneurial skills enabling them to run a small business.  Skills include HR business practices and procedures; practical financial management including how to prioritise expenses and savings management mechanisms; marketing & communication; and basic computer literacy

HOW IT ALL BEGAN

At a 2013 YFC board meeting our passionate director, Philip, gave feedback on the recently completed skills development project, Helping Hands (now called iThemba Craft & Skills Centre).  The program teaches woman basic sewing skills and equips them with a sewing machine on successful completion of the program.

A valid question was posed to the board, “What about the young men in our community”?  And that’s where it all began.

The vision at the outset was very clear.  To develop a program that taught young men basic skills that gave them access to job opportunities or the ability to start their own small business.  Now all that was needed was a business plan, funding, premises, a project manager, qualified teaching staff or volunteers, equipment and, of course, students.

COMMUNITY COLLABORATION

Many people in the community collaborated during the initial four months of planning with local businessman, Richard Court donating premises, Mark Bandemeyer putting the business plan together and The Kirsh Foundation providing the start-up capital.  Garald Bouwer was appointed as Chief Technical trainer and Daan Ludik as project manager.  The project would not have got off the ground without the local community pledging funds to cover operating costs.

Daan Ludik (affectionately known as Oom Daan), a qualified Fitter and Turner and Masters degree in teaching, was invited to join the project.  A call for applicants went out to local churches, community leaders & schools in the area and over eighty applications were received.  After a rigorous selection process  sixteen students were selected to begin the course in January 2014.

“Their confidence has grown but most importantly they now feel worthy. And what a blessing to hear a teacher say that these students walk differently, upright and worthy. What a gift!!” says Jerome.

PROGRAM CURRICULUM

The program is a skills development program with a formal curriculum which includes carpentry, brick & steel work, plumbing, tiling & general maintenance. During the course, students will produce  an array of products for resale and trade.  Additional business skills such as financial thinking, strategic planning, work ethics and safety are also included in the program. Personal development plays an equally crucial part with the emphasis on the students’ Hands and Heart.

POSITIVE RESULTS FROM SET-BACKS

A lack of funding proved no obstacle for the motivated students.  They built their own lecture room tables & work benches and hung doors for their change room lockers.  It was so much better than just buying or receiving everything ready-made!

HAPPY ENDINGS

As the year drew to a close it was obvious that the graduation ceremony could and would become a bigger event than originally anticipated.  The success of the project and the amazing development of the young men needed to be shared and funds were needed to continue in 2015.   Invites were sent, arrangements made and The Graduation was under way.  Laughter, chatter, the delicious smell of boerewors in the air painted a picture and gave some idea of the vibe of that night.  More importantly, however, were those 11 young men standing proud, receiving their certificates – gowns, caps and all, unable to keep the grins from their faces.  Special thanks must also be given to the ladies of the Helping Hands project as they made the garments for the graduates.

Some of the graduates live in the same suburb as YFC’s Jerome Soldaat, leader of program manager of Team Khanya.  He says the project has given so much to the young men who were often looked down on.

THE LAUNCH OF HANDS & HEART

The official launch of the Hands & Heart program saw 16 enthusiastic young students eager to learn skills and improve their lives. The first part of each year’s curriculum requires that the students understand the basics of measurement which is a fundamental requirement for practical skills development.  Some of the students quickly grasp the concept but a delicate hand is required by the facilitators’ to keep all students on level par.

As with any program, the first year faced some ups and downs but each student agreed that the good definitely outweighed the bad. YFC Knysna are so proud that of the 16 students that started the program in January 2014, 11 graduated with flying colours.

THE 2014 HANDS & HEART STUDENTS

2015 PROGRAM

Twenty eager young students kicked off the 2nd year of the Hands & Heart Skills Development program.  Of those, 16 graduated at the awards ceremony held at YFC’s offices.

Once again, one of the highlight of the program is the Hands & Heart Camp.  The camp is a very important facet of the course and allows all students, facilitators and volunteers to get to know each other in a relaxed atmosphere.

Everybody participates in games and activities to build team spirit and to work towards common goals.  Students and facilitators have an equal role in deciding the Student Representative for the year. The positive results of the camp are clear as all students both work and understand each other better.

LASTING LEGACY

The 2015 class left a legacy as they were the team that got the new centre in order.  They completed the ceilings, built some of the dry walls and cleaned up a messy building into what we have today. They were also the first group to make the very popular picnic tables.

2016 HAS KICKED OFF WITH A BANG

One of the challenges over the first two years of the program was being able to impart enough knowledge in a short space of time.  Based on the outcomes, it was decided to extend the 2016 program to 5 days per week, full day. We can already see the improvement in progress with the students having completed their own toolboxes and 3-legged tables.

Read more about it on the YFC Knysna blog

THE HANDS & HEART TEAM

+ ABOUT

ABOUT US
Research has proven that strong education, life-skills and sound training stimulate productivity and economic growth.  Many young men in our community don’t have access to proper education or life-skills programs and find it increasingly difficult to find gainful employment when they leave school.  In addition, they are ill equipped to deal with the pressures of having sound education and emotional maturity to enter the work place.

The Hands & Heart Skills Development

Our program is designed to empower young men to develop to their full potential and to seize both employment and personal growth opportunities.  By providing the necessary building blocks of strong training and skills development, our graduates can proudly enter the job market or start their own business.

The success of the project has been proven over the last 2 years with 28 young men completing the course and graduating from the Hands & Heart Skills Development Centre.  Not only have they been equipped with the necessary skills & tools to enter the job market but as well-rounded young men with the passion to take the next step in their future.

This is achieved through a comprehensive 11 month program that teaches them

  • Practical skills development such as carpentry, welding & metal work, plumbing, bricklaying, paving and tiling
  • Promotes emotional and spiritual development through social communication, leadership, self-development and problem solving skills
  • Develops entrepreneurial skills enabling them to run a small business.  Skills include HR business practices and procedures; practical financial management including how to prioritise expenses and savings management mechanisms; marketing & communication; and basic computer literacy
+ HISTORY

HOW IT ALL BEGAN

At a 2013 YFC board meeting our passionate director, Philip, gave feedback on the recently completed skills development project, Helping Hands (now called iThemba Craft & Skills Centre).  The program teaches woman basic sewing skills and equips them with a sewing machine on successful completion of the program.

A valid question was posed to the board, “What about the young men in our community”?  And that’s where it all began.

The vision at the outset was very clear.  To develop a program that taught young men basic skills that gave them access to job opportunities or the ability to start their own small business.  Now all that was needed was a business plan, funding, premises, a project manager, qualified teaching staff or volunteers, equipment and, of course, students.

COMMUNITY COLLABORATION

Many people in the community collaborated during the initial four months of planning with local businessman, Richard Court donating premises, Mark Bandemeyer putting the business plan together and The Kirsh Foundation providing the start-up capital.  Garald Bouwer was appointed as Chief Technical trainer and Daan Ludik as project manager.  The project would not have got off the ground without the local community pledging funds to cover operating costs.

Daan Ludik (affectionately known as Oom Daan), a qualified Fitter and Turner and Masters degree in teaching, was invited to join the project.  A call for applicants went out to local churches, community leaders & schools in the area and over eighty applications were received.  After a rigorous selection process  sixteen students were selected to begin the course in January 2014.

“Their confidence has grown but most importantly they now feel worthy. And what a blessing to hear a teacher say that these students walk differently, upright and worthy. What a gift!!” says Jerome.

PROGRAM CURRICULUM

The program is a skills development program with a formal curriculum which includes carpentry, brick & steel work, plumbing, tiling & general maintenance. During the course, students will produce  an array of products for resale and trade.  Additional business skills such as financial thinking, strategic planning, work ethics and safety are also included in the program. Personal development plays an equally crucial part with the emphasis on the students’ Hands and Heart.

POSITIVE RESULTS FROM SET-BACKS

A lack of funding proved no obstacle for the motivated students.  They built their own lecture room tables & work benches and hung doors for their change room lockers.  It was so much better than just buying or receiving everything ready-made!

HAPPY ENDINGS

As the year drew to a close it was obvious that the graduation ceremony could and would become a bigger event than originally anticipated.  The success of the project and the amazing development of the young men needed to be shared and funds were needed to continue in 2015.   Invites were sent, arrangements made and The Graduation was under way.  Laughter, chatter, the delicious smell of boerewors in the air painted a picture and gave some idea of the vibe of that night.  More importantly, however, were those 11 young men standing proud, receiving their certificates – gowns, caps and all, unable to keep the grins from their faces.  Special thanks must also be given to the ladies of the Helping Hands project as they made the garments for the graduates.

Some of the graduates live in the same suburb as YFC’s Jerome Soldaat, leader of program manager of Team Khanya.  He says the project has given so much to the young men who were often looked down on.

+ 2014

THE LAUNCH OF HANDS & HEART

The official launch of the Hands & Heart program saw 16 enthusiastic young students eager to learn skills and improve their lives. The first part of each year’s curriculum requires that the students understand the basics of measurement which is a fundamental requirement for practical skills development.  Some of the students quickly grasp the concept but a delicate hand is required by the facilitators’ to keep all students on level par.

As with any program, the first year faced some ups and downs but each student agreed that the good definitely outweighed the bad. YFC Knysna are so proud that of the 16 students that started the program in January 2014, 11 graduated with flying colours.

THE 2014 HANDS & HEART STUDENTS

+ 2015

2015 PROGRAM

Twenty eager young students kicked off the 2nd year of the Hands & Heart Skills Development program.  Of those, 16 graduated at the awards ceremony held at YFC’s offices.

Once again, one of the highlight of the program is the Hands & Heart Camp.  The camp is a very important facet of the course and allows all students, facilitators and volunteers to get to know each other in a relaxed atmosphere.

Everybody participates in games and activities to build team spirit and to work towards common goals.  Students and facilitators have an equal role in deciding the Student Representative for the year. The positive results of the camp are clear as all students both work and understand each other better.

LASTING LEGACY

The 2015 class left a legacy as they were the team that got the new centre in order.  They completed the ceilings, built some of the dry walls and cleaned up a messy building into what we have today. They were also the first group to make the very popular picnic tables.

+ CURRENT PROGRAM

2016 HAS KICKED OFF WITH A BANG

One of the challenges over the first two years of the program was being able to impart enough knowledge in a short space of time.  Based on the outcomes, it was decided to extend the 2016 program to 5 days per week, full day. We can already see the improvement in progress with the students having completed their own toolboxes and 3-legged tables.

Read more about it on the YFC Knysna blog

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PRAISE FOR HANDS & HEART

“We are hugely impressed with what YFC Knysna and specifically Hands & Heart are doing in Knysna, SA and are very happy to partner financially and by sharing resources”

Kurt Cooper
Khayamandi Foundation

“On behalf of Rev. Rodney Jamieson and the Knysna Methodist Church Leaders Committee, I would like to thank you most sincerely for the beautifully made garden bench tables. They are just what we wanted and look great in our front courtyard. Please pass on our appreciation to Garald and the Hands & Hearts Skills Development Centre lads. What an inspiration they are!”

Blessings
Jon Rutherfoord
Knysna Methodist Church

GRADUATE UPDATE

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DENOLIN APPELS

GRADUATE 2014

Denolin Appels is a bright young man with a positive future. He was recognised by his peers as a natural leader and voted Student Representative for the 1st year of the program. Subsequent to his graduation, he has enrolled at a College and is doing a full apprenticeship in Plumbing.

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GEORGE ZENANI

GRADUATE 2014

George Zenani is currently studying at Boland College, N1 Engineering. His fellow students at the college are amazed by his knowledge. We taught them well.