Bokamoso Youth Foundation: The Future Begins Here

Bokamoso Youth Program Staff

Program Director

Bokamoso Life Center co-founder Solomon Mahlangu grew up in Winterveld, 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.

Youth Mentor/Facilitator

Thapelo Nguni 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.

Youth Drama Program Director

Jabu Mfuma also graduated from the Bokamoso program. After two trips to the U.S., he spent a year training at the Pretoria State Theater and is now—with funding from the Bokamoso scholarship program— getting his degree in personnel management at the University of South Africa.

Youth Drama Coach (Volunteer)

Inspired by his activist mother, 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 (Volunteer)

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 Winterveld to audition students for the annual production and develop songs and music that reflect their lives and challenges.