June 2022.

A group of five young people from Vryburg, North West province, who were selected to train as youth coaches, have been successfully placed across three local schools, to help guide and assist young learners as they enter their teen years.

This Teen Coaching™ Programme, in partnership with the Mayine Development Institute, kicked off in January 2022, where the youth coaches took part in an in-person retreat camp aimed at personal development training to ensure their readiness to conduct sessions with learners. The topics covered included Knowing and Understanding Self; How to Manage Emotions; How to Deal with Bullies; How to Cope with School Work; and Study Methods.

Usenzile Gotyana, one of the Teen Coaching Programme participants, had this to say with regard to the retreat: “I had an opportunity to sit down with the learners for very valuable individual sessions. I learned about factors that influence personal development, such as family dynamics, emotional intelligence, and the influence of society on human development and how all these factors integrate and shape up an individual.”

Waterloo Solar is funding this training and placement of teen coaches in local schools, as part of their Youth Development Programme, which focuses on both academic and non-academic development of youth within the beneficiary communities.

Following this training, three primary schools in Vryburg, namely Retlaadira Primary School, Moeti Primary School, and Colinda Primary School, were assigned youth coaches at the beginning of April, with the programme expected to last until November of this year.

“We decided to fund this programme because we realised that learners are also battling with some psychosocial issues, which created a barrier in being able to create a future for themselves through positive decision making,” said Celiwe Mabaso, Community Operations Manager for Waterloo Solar.

Teencoaching is a multifaceted approach to life coaching for teens, which combines coaching, guidance, and mentoring. When coaching teenagers, building a strong relationship often yields better results than telling them what to do.

“The support we received through this programme has been very helpful in improving learner behaviour, and we hope that it will empower learners to apply themselves better in their studies,” concluded Moeti Primary School Principal, Mr Maselo.

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