Submitted on Tuesday, 7th February 2017 at 10:16:27 AM
I was the winner of the Smart Teens Workshop that was hosted on the 9 & 10th of January. I sent my eldest son Ashley to do the course. He is very much an introvert. He really enjoyed what the course had to offer. He couldn't stop talking about all the staff and what was done on the course. Thank you very much for this awesome opportunity.
Submitted on Thursday, 17th November 2016 at 05:49:11 PM
I was highly impressed by the Smart Teens team for their personal involvement and commitment to the project. Each team member concentrated their full attention to these teens, to ensure that the teens walk away with a life-enriching experiencing. I could see that the teens found solace in the mentorship.
I was invited into the Smart Teen space to photograph the event, and also to offer my personal testimony and story to the teens. Where I thought that I would be offering inspiration to the teens, they actually offered striking and endearing inspiration and motivation to me. Teens offered their testimonies to inspire their fellow teens – from a published teen author, to a South African professional cricketeer, to the youngest DJ in South Africa, to a lifesaving teen who turned his life around. And YES! These teens greatly inspired their peers, but they also inspired me; they understand life and follow their passions, sparks and quirks with meaning and determination.
Additionally, having witnessed the Entrepreneurship part of the course, I can definitely say that this course adds immense value – if I had access to this information as a teen, my life would have been completely different, as I would have had jump starts in life. Additionally I would have easily absorbed the information as the Smart Teens team provides a warm, fun, caring and creative environment in order to learn and practice optimally.
This is an event that I feel should be implemented at every school in South Africa – this is how education can change lives.