Salesian Institute Stitch Ahead Programme Empowers 15 Phenomenal Women
By Frieda Pehlivan – The Salesian Institute Youth Projects (SIYP) Stitch Ahead Programme is celebrating another remarkable milestone as fifteen extraordinary women proudly graduated on September 15th after completing a 3-month sewing course. Generously supported by funding from the National Development Agency (NDA), these skilled individuals are now poised to embark on an exciting new career journey or venture into entrepreneurial endeavours.
The Stitch Ahead Programme is meticulously crafted to empower women between the ages of 18 and 35, providing them with vital hand and machine sewing skills. Notably, the curriculum also includes training on sewing reusable sanitary pads, a pivotal step in addressing the prevalent issue of period poverty that affects numerous women in our society. Upon graduation, each participant receives an exit kit that equips them with essential tools to kickstart their entrepreneurial journey. This kit includes fabrics and haberdashery items, enabling them to craft their initial products for sale.
“Persistent statistics underscore the alarming rates of youth unemployment across our nation. It is within this concerning context that the NDA ardently champions economic growth and the creation of job prospects for our young population. Our aim is to empower them to enhance not only their own lives but also uplift the communities they call home. As we extend our warmest wishes to these young women on their journey, we are committed, in partnership with the Salesian Institute Youth Projects, to diligently track their progress,” affirms Mr. Ardiel Soeker, NDA Western Cape Provincial Manager.
Since its inception in 2022, the Stitch Ahead Programme has consistently celebrated the accomplishments of its participants, epitomizing the Salesian Institute Youth Projects’ unwavering commitment to offering hope and opportunities to those living on the fringes of society. The sustenance of these programmes relies on ongoing fundraising endeavours, with the latest cohort receiving invaluable support from the National Development Agency.
The culmination of the course is marked by a business development segment. Here, participants delve into further learning, honing their skills in brand creation, logo design, letterhead development, and digital business card creation. Additionally, they explore various digital platforms that empower them to market and operate small businesses successfully. This cohort of participants received entrepreneurial and business coaching courtesy of Company Partners, a company specializing in providing compliance services to a multitude of startup businesses. These services were generously offered to the Salesian Institute Youth Projects at no cost to benefit this particular group of attendees.
Fr Francois Dufour, CEO of SIYP, expressed his gratitude, stating, “We extend our deepest gratitude to the dedicated funders and supporters who have been instrumental in our journey.”
The Salesian Institute Youth Projects extends a heartfelt appeal to potential funders for future cohorts to invest in the youth, not only by providing funding for the programme’s continuation but also by offering employment opportunities. By doing so, we can collectively combat unemployment and contribute to the construction of a more robust and prosperous nation. Some of the programme’s graduates are already making strides in the job market.
SIYP invites potential funders and investors to join us in making a meaningful difference, and together, we can illuminate a brighter future for our youth and our nation.
About Salesian Institute Youth Projects:
Salesian Institute Youth Projects is a dynamic organisation committed to transforming the lives of marginalised youth in the Cape Town community. Through various educational and vocational programmes, we empower young individuals to reach their full potential and lead successful, fulfilling lives. Our mission is to inspire hope and create opportunities for those facing adversity.
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