Unite Youth

Our UNITE programme works with high school students to build social cohesion in South Africa. To find out more, please email diana@scalabrini.org.za 

Our Objective

UNITE works with high school students to build social cohesion and transformation in South African society. We aim to develop and improve skills in leadership and community activism, fostering attitudes that promote respect for all cultures within South African communities. UNITE equips learners with the tools to become conscious, prudent and engaged citizens who are able to make informed decisions.

Accessing UNITE

UNITE runs a UNITE Club in five Western Cape High Schools: Heideveld Senior Secondary School, Zonnebloem NEST Secondary School, Vista High School, Langa High School, and Fezeka High School. UNITE also runs leadership and mentorship workshops for UNITE Club learners who have shown leadership potential at six Western Cape High Schools; the five listed above, with the addition of Queen’s Park High School.

If you are interested to know more about UNITE, please email diana@scalabrini.org.za


How UNITE Works

UNITE runs leadership and mentorship workshops for select leadership learners from all six of the Western Cape High Schools they work in. These leadership learners form part of the Inner Club Council (ICC) and they attend workshops at the Scalabrini Centre of Cape Town to help prepare them to peer-educate and lead discussions on the topics learnt to the learners in their schools UNITE Club. Selected senior ICC members are given the opportunity to continue within UNITE as peer mentors, providing support and mentorship to newly elected ICC leaders. UNITE is aligned to the South African school calendar, with activities taking place from January to September each year. In the first term, from January through March, UNITE workshops address the theme of identity. In the second term, from April through June, the workshops address the theme of integration, and in the third and final term, from July through September, the workshops focus on diversity. In addition to weekly Club meetings and leadership workshops, UNITE runs leadership camps, holiday programs, end of term events aligned with prominent South African Holidays, and various other educational outings, collaborations, and events.

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