Seed for Change is non-profit social enterprise focused on youth entrepreneurship in South Africa. As a response to the youth unemployment crisis in South Africa, we support youth to become self-sufficient and eliminate a reliance on jobs as the only means to become economically active. We equip youth with a range of resources to build their resilience and ability to withstand the challenges of the business environment.
Seed for Change is a space that connects youth to tools and avenues that are essential for them in starting their business. We have a network of service providers that can contribute their resources towards the establishment and sustainability of the youth businesses.
We are a team of three women (Nomvuyo Ntantala, Nokubonga Mabaso, Nomzamo Mlungu) connected by a shared vision of transforming the plight of our youth and supporting them in becoming the architects and champions of their own economic emancipation. Together we have combined experience of almost 20 years in community development.
We aim to assist youth to become self-sufﬁcient and eliminate reliance on external opportunities in order to be economically active. We see mentoring as a critical element in providing the necessary support for the youth on their path of entrepreneurship journey.
- To create a space that will serve as a platform for youth to explore their capabilities and potential.
- To provide opportunities that assist the youth to develop technical and business skills that prepare them for establishment of own entities.
- To establish a network of service providers that can contribute their resources towards the establishment and sustainability of the youth businesses
- To amass financial resources to ensure the financial sustainability of the business
Business Skills and Self Development
Seed for Change has developed a comprehensive programme which builds the entrepreneur in their wholeness as individuals and business owners. The programme aims to integrate self-knowledge with business concepts. It focuses on self -development and business tools to empower youth entrepreneurs.
The delivery of the programme is grounded on the following key principles and values: Interactive, Practicality, Accountability, Trust, Safety, Fluidity, Responsiveness, Discipline and Relatability. On completion of the programme, participants are able to walk away with basic business skills (Understanding of business concepts, Developing a business plan canvass, Mapping business goals, Financial planning for the business and Business pitching). Further we use various methods to work with the youth entrepreneurs to develop self-
development skills. We aim to cultivate self-knowledge and awareness; and the recognition of individual capabilities through self- reflective processes. We provide the youth with practical self-management tools which are essential in building resilience from within.
The program is practical as it is not limited to transferring knowledge in a classroom setting but also through direct engagement with the business mentors and experiential exposure to a real life business setting. This provides business mentors a platform to share their journeys so that the youth can have a better grasp of the businesses ventures they wish to pursue and how best to capitalize on their existing skills base.
Seed for Change connects the youth to our network of partner organisations who empower the youth with technical skills for the establishment of their businesses. We link the youth to other resources that assist them in operating sustainable businesses.