Mandela DayGoing beyond 67 minutes, Better SA and MySchool are helping young people get work ready with a job market makeover to help address youth unemployment.

In celebration of what would have been Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday, MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet and Better SA are helping young people from local youth development organisations to change their futures.

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Hosting an innovative event with 72 volunteers, both partners were focused on combatting youth unemployment by giving young people the tools they need to enter the job market. Going beyond the normal 67 volunteer minutes, the aim of the event was to bring 67 young people from local youth programmes to visit three different stations over three hours to get work ready. The 67 beneficiaries of the volunteer experience came from local youth programmes Ikamva Youth, YES Youth Employment Service, Refilwe Community Project and the Emdeni Youth Programme, and were transported to Wanderers through the Better SA minibus system.

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First, their handwritten CVs were transformed into professional, typed profiles, where they learnt the importance of organising and presenting their information for optimum impact. Next, they went through role-modelling interviews with intensive coaching, to help build their confidence and prepare them for the rigours of job interviews. To cap their work-ready experience, the third station was wardrobe-fitting. Volunteers helped them get fitted with a quality collared shirt and pants or skirt provided by Clothing Bank, plus a jacket and tie, while sharing advice on the importance of a professional appearance.

As well as preparing young people for the world of work, it was an amazing opportunity for MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet cardholders, staff and non-profit partners to participate in a different kind of volunteer experience.

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“Many young South Africans struggle to get into the job market,” says Helene Brand, MySchool’s CSI Manager. “This is not because they don’t have the education or the aptitude to do the job, but rather they lack the resources they need to get noticed, secure an interview and present themselves effectively. A professional CV, coupled with some work experience and a recommendation letter improves a young person’s chances of entering the work environment.”

In the interests of leaving a sustainable legacy like Mandela, the MySchool and its partner organisations will now work to connect the 2018 Mandela Day beneficiaries with organisations that can help to facilitate their first forays into the job market.

Those interested in other meaningful and hassle-free hop on hop off volunteer experiences, can visit to find out about signing up for Saturday morning events in Cape Town and Johannesburg.