Hi! I’m Dwaine Fish and I am a Youth Capital campaigner and activist based in Kimberly. Here’s a fun fact about me, I’m a bibliophile, love reading non-fiction books. One of my favorite books is Native Life in South Africa by Sol Plaatje.
What are you doing in your community?
I work at Enke: Make your Mark – I work as a Programme Coordinator and I am responsible for post-school and in-school programmes in Kimberley.
As an individual I am the working on a project named Northern Cape Youth Desk, which is a mobile platform that seeks to address the issues that youth are challenged with in the province, highlighting them through case studies, which we share with decision-makers and different stakeholders.
In terms of the Action Plan we focus on #CertifyUs – our call to action is assisting matriculants, with information resources and opportunities to assist them in transitioning from high school to tertiary institutions.
Can you share some recent events or initiatives that you have worked on?
I have worked together with a youth organisation in Switzerland to connect two South African young people to send two short clips to be used as part of their World Youth Assembly at the United Nations the organization called the ‘Geneva Youth Call’ as part of their presentation in April 2022 at the world you assembly with other short clips of young people around the world in different languages.
I am working with Engage South Africa to implement the My Voice program, (my voice is a leadership and Active Citizenship course for high school learners in South Africa) in Kimberley for the fist time in June 27 to July 1.
To you, what does it mean to be a campaigner with Youth Capital?
Being a Youth Capital Campaigner means that I have a responsibility to contribute to the improvement of the reality and challenges that young people face in South Africa and the world. Being dedicated to amplifying the voices of young people and creating an environment where young people in South Africa can realised their dreams.
What do you hope to achieve as a Youth Capital Campaigner?
As a Youth Capital Campaigner, I hope to mobilise young people to become agents of change and contribute to addressing the challenges that young people face in the country. I hope to be able to influence policy and decisions that municipalities, government departments and leaders make on behalf of young people in the country.
Why did you become a Youth Capital Campaigner?
I became a Youth Capital Campaigner to equip myself with the necessary knowledge, networks and skills to become an effective youth activist.
What is your tip for young people who also want to advocate for change in their community?
I would advise young people to take responsibility as a young person, to create the change that they want to see, speak up against injustice and read about social issues that you are interested in.