City Year South Africa’s 2014 Opening Day & Red Jacket Ceremony

City Year South Africa Welcomes Its 2014 Corps

On Friday, the City Year South Africa 2014 corps burst through the doors of our event space, generously donated to us by Bain Capital, and got the proceedings started with a truly South African version of City Year’s PT.

Click on the photo below to watch a video of the corps performing PT.

After Daylene van Buuren, our Executive Director, opened the ceremony for us, we moved into the jacketing part of the programme. This was the first time that the corps had worn their jackets, and they looked incredible!

We were honored to have two guest speakers at our event, Ms. Nomfundiso Giqwa, Director of Programme Training and Youth Development from the Department of Environmental Affairs, and Mr. Paul Marchand, Senior Vice President at Bain Capital. Both Ms. Giqwa and Mr. Marchand, spoke of the impact that City Year has, not only on the lives of the children who are tutored by our corps members, but also the impact that the programme has on the corps members themselves.

As you know, at the end of last year, City Year South Africa lost a gentleman who was very near to us – Former President Nelson Mandela. As one of our founders, we felt his death quite keenly, and wanted to pay tribute to the man who gave us so much. The City Year South Africa choir, together with a group of corps members performed a tribute to Tata Madiba, and presented our board co-chairs with a City Year jacket dedicated to our beloved Madiba.

Click on the photo below to watch a clip from the Madiba Tribute. 

The ceremony was closed by our board co-chairs, Mr. Murphy Morobe, and Mr. Rick Menell, who left the corps with some incredibly inspirational words of encouragement.

Now that their training is complete, and they are decked out in their new uniforms and red jackets, our corps will fulfill their roles as tutors, mentors and role models to children throughout Johannesburg. Monday is their first day in schools, and we can’t wait to share their stories with you as they unfold!

Our event was generously sponsored by:

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Introducing the 2012 Corps

This awesome video, which was shown at the recent National Leadership Summit in Washington, DC gives a sneak peak into the first few weeks of the 2012 City Year South Africa corps.