Hi! I’m Clerah Sithole and I am a Youth Capital Campaigner and activist based in Mohlakeng, in the West Rand. I am also an Activator, and the Founder and Project Coordinator Of Precious Hope Foundation. One of my objectives is to help young people successfully transition from high school into the job market, preparing them for the change, and trying to increase their social connections. Here’s a fun fact about me: I named the programme after my two daughters, Precious and Hope.
What are you doing in your community?
I wear so many hats! I am a community builder, a youth activist, a Youth Capital Campaigner, a peer-to- peer educator, and a career guidance mentor.
Can you share some recent events or initiatives that you have worked on?
I run a homework and book club for primary school children. I founded a project called Precious Hope Foundation, which I coordinate. I am extremely passionate about the project, which helps matriculants link up with different tertiary institutions that can assist them with furthering their studies or training. I also facilitate life skills interventions. In the past, I have also worked with children from troubled backgrounds and help them access professional help. I also love facilitating information sessions – in fact, I have interacted with over 2000 young people online, in class and in my community to assist with their studies. I also hosted a career Expo for the community of Khutsong in partnership with companies based in Carletonville. The expo went so well that I am organising another one with all matriculants and out of school youths in my community. Last but not least, I am planning a Youth Day celebration for learners from our local schools.
💥Wow you’re so busy! To you, what does it mean to be a campaigner with Youth Capital?
To me, being a Campaigner means being a young person who observes and learns from the young people on the ground. Being able to be the voice of solutions to youth unemployment, being a woke, and being aware of what is happening around you.
What do you hope to achieve as a Youth Capital Campaigner?
I really hope to educate other young people about how we Shift Gears, and helping form groups of young people who use their experiences to advance solutions to youth unemployment.
Why did you become a Youth Capital Campaigner?
I became a Youth Capital Campaigner because I wanted to be a part of a group of young people who push for solutions, and who are willing to know more about the economic crisis in our country.
What is your tip for young people who also want to advocate for change in their community?
You are the change you want to be, and the greatest gift to the world is what you have to offer. Be audacious and relentless in pursuing what you want.
In this interview, Clerah commented on the meaning of Youth Month in 2022.