THE MINTAILS YOUTH PPROGRAM
The Mintails YOUTH PROGRAM is the collective name that was coined for three service providers that were appointed in 2007 to assist with implementing mainly the Corporate Social Investment (CSI) Projects of Mintails SA (Pty) Ltd.
The three Service Providers are The South African Youth Ministers Program (SAYMP), CLAY and Hopeline. These organizations were appointed due to the synergies that exist among them.
SAYMP whose Vision is to create "Leaders of Tomorrow, Today" is an organization that focuses on teaching the Fundamentals of Democracy, Good Governance and Values Based Leadership to learners in schools through training and experiental learning. CLAY is an organization which teaches learners life and leadership skills whilst Hopeline is an organization which assists people in need of emotional support by giving them anonymous telephone counseling.
SAYMP is registered with the Department of Social Development as a Non Profit organization and is also registered as a National Youth Service Program. SAYMP strives to empower school going and out of school youth by supporting and providing the platform and opportunities for skills transfer, experiential learning and mentoring, to become tomorrow's leaders today who have commitment and strong values.
The project cycle covers a period of twelve months which includes training and experiential learning. Phase 1 of the Project covers orientation, training and the election and inauguration of Youth Ministers. Phase 2 includes the holding of Youth Parliaments, the engaging of the community, debating, job shadowing and youth service. Phase 3 includes the finalizing of legacy projects and award ceremonies.
CLAY whose Vision is "To love the world enough to change it one life at a time" is registered as a Non Profit Organization and a Section 21 Company that works closely with the Department of Education. CLAY recognizes and supports Life Skills and Life Orientation development.
CLAY develops leadership and self-confidence within leadersCLAY enhances the practice of positive values, attitudes, behavior and skills in the individual and the community;Clay promotes the achievement of individual learners and youth workers' potential by strengthening and integrating their intellectual, physical, spiritual, emotional and moral powers.
Hopeline is an organization which offers emotional and spiritual support tocallers of every age and background. In addition to the telephone care line, Hopeline offers youth workers and students a dedicated Youth SMS line where supportive counsel is available seven days a week. This is further augmented by a MXit service and Facebook connection which enable learners to access Hopeline as economically as possible. Hopeline's funding enables us make call-backs to students in crisis, counsel them over the phone and appropriately link them to the professional or practical help they need. Hopeline is staffed by 56 trained volunteers and has a wide network of reputable referral partners.
Four schools on the West Rand are presently involved in the program.
The main objectives of the training and intervention by the Youth Program are to set norms and achieving set objectives for:
Increasing School attendanceIncreasing scholastic achievementDecreasing drug abuseDecrease in suicide risk behaviourEstablishing an adult and peer group support networkFostering school bonding amongst learners and encouraging them to become involved in school activities (increase in personal skills)Engaging parents in the programs (increase in social support resources)Familiarizing the learners with the basics of democracy and business skillsAddressing HIV/AIDS issues
Land adjacent to the CAMS Sand Dump site has been granted to the Mogale City Local Municipality (MCLM) free of charge for landfill use. Mintails has recently made further adjacent land available to MCLM to enable it to expand its landfill operations.
In 2012 Mintails established the Kairos Trust to deliver on its social commitments to Mintails staff. The Kairos Trust will make funds available for staff education, community training and other social projects.