Bokamoso Youth Take Advantage of the Computer Lab
Under the guidance of Steve Baloyi (Computer Lab Facilitator), Bokamoso youth learn computer basics. This is a new component of the Adolescent Development Program (ADP) and is designed to give students an understanding of how a computer works and basic keyboarding skills. The computer lab has been in operation since November 2012 and operates like an internet cafe, open to Bokamoso students and the community.
Bokamoso US Performance Tour Wraps Up
The young people from the Bokamoso Youth Centre gave a rousing performance for an overflowing full house at GW's Marvin Theatre to close their 2012 US tour.
Each year talented students visit the US to raise awareness of the challenges young people face in Winterveldt, South Africa, and to widen the circle of support for the youth of the Bokamoso Youth Centre.
We hope to see you next year at one of the performances.
Bokamoso = Future
Bokamoso volunteer Caroline O'Grady filmed the documentary Bokamoso = Future while completing her senior year at The George Washington University. Much more comfortable in front of the camera, this theatre major captured the heart and hopes of the South African young people as they work to create a brighter Bokamoso (future) for themselves and their community.
The word "Bokamoso" means "future" in the South African Tswana language, and that's what this program has been all about since its start in 1999.
The Bokamoso Youth Centre's programs in Winterveldt, South Africa, have helped hundreds of young people survive and thrive amidst the poverty, crime and despair of the AIDS epidemic.
The U.S. based Bokamoso Youth Foundation has provided artistic, networking and financial support to the Centre since 2008
The cost of hope in South Africa is suprisingly affordable. The payoff is priceless.
Mpho Lovely Manganye
Bokamoso really changed my life from better to best
I am a 22 years old. I was born and raised in Winterveldt. To me, Winterveldt is a place with people who are talented and want to be successful in their life. It is a place where we have challenges around socio-economic issues.
I joined Bokamoso in February of 2010. When I got to the Centre I thought “WOW! I am in the right place” because I like to sing and dance. In the Adolescent Development Program (ADP) I started building my future, in the sense of knowing what I can do with my life and knowing where I am going. I have learned a lot and have developed high self-esteem.
I was selected for a Bokamoso scholarship, and am in my second year studying Policing at the University Of South Africa (UNISA). My goal is to use all the strategies, methods and techniques that I learn to help effectively prevent crime.
I came to the US with Bokamoso in January 2012. It was an experience of a lifetime and I am happy to be returning in 2013.
Click here to listen to my story.