Bokamoso Youth Centre Staff
Bokamoso Life Center co-founder Solomon Mahlangu grew up in Winterveldt, the son of a tribal leader and traditional healer. A community organizer, Solly works as a mediator with his Simunye Peace Organization and was selected as a Social Justice intern in 2006-2007 at Pendle Hill Peace Education Center outside Philadelphia. He is currently pursuing a degree in social work and community organizing at the University of South Africa.
Staff Social Worker
Mmule Mary Tsoai joined Bokamoso in 2009 as a Staff Social Worker. Mmule is instrumental in outreach, which connects the centre with the Winterveldt community. She also does home-visits and family group conferences around the community. Mmule serves on the Scholarship Committee. Her dream is to help abused women and children, providing skills and helping them to be independant.
Thapelo Mashaba is a graduate of the Bokamoso program and visited America twice as part of the youth exchange. He has studied sound engineering and produces his own music with positive inspirational messages. Thapelo is currently a Drama Director and a Life Skills Facilitator at Bokamoso and he serves on the Scholarship Committee. He loves working with the youth and helping them make their own music.
Malven Masungwini joined Bokamoso in 2007 as a volunteer and was named ADP Facilitator in 2008. He plans and executes the ADP training program, counsels youth and serves on the Scholarship Committee. Malven is currently studying for a degree in Community Development. For him, working with youth is a challenge, but a challenge that he loves.
Bokamoso Youth Centre Volunteers
Youth Drama Coach
Roy Barber has been committed to social justice since growing up in Memphis during the civil rights movement. A composer, writer and director, he has long used theater to explore social issues such as AIDS, prejudice and poverty. Roy started travelling to South Africa in the early 1990s and has been back more than 20 times to work with performers and activists and has been closely involved with Bokamoso for a number of years. When Roy’s mother died, he honored her memory by using his small inheritance to pay for Bokamoso’s first U.S. tour.
Roy teaches drama and music at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Potomac, Maryland.
Youth Drama Coach
Leslie Jacobson is a professor in the Theater and Dance department at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. A playwrite, she has received numerous awards for her work and has had more than 11 scripts professionally produced. Each summer, Leslie joins Roy in Winterveldt to help the young people develop songs and drama that reflect their lives and the challenges they face. She and Roy also audition students for the annual performing tour to the U.S.