At SEED we believe all change starts from within.
Our signature wellness program incorporates yoga, meditation and stress management, giving all girls participating in our SEED program invaluable tools for life. At camp, students get the opportunity to take time in their busy lives for self enquiry, goal setting and reassessment of what their future looks like. After camp, we provide an ongoing support system with our online forum and classes, with access to local yoga teachers and counselors.
We strongly encourage all students to continue on the path of self discovery and work together as a community. This year we are proud to bring South African yoga teacher Thembi Jojo and international yoga and ayurvedic practitioner Kate Taylor to combine forces and open doors to self empowerment and growth.
Women’s Storytelling Workshop
Seed is collaborating with multi-platform Australian Arts Company The Kabuki Drop to deliver an intergenerational true storytelling project and live performance work in 2018. The Elders Project is an intimate encounter with a cast of seniors from the Soweto area. Told with humour and honesty, this exploratory work offers audiences an intimate invitation into the world of these surrogate grandparents, as their individual narratives uncover a collective history of segregation and survival. Chronicling the colossal social changes of the 20th century, The Elders Project deepens our relationship to the past, to truth and to one another.
Encompassing multiple performance techniques and empowering communities, Seed participants will be integral to the process and outcomes of the work – participating in a series of storytelling workshops designed to develop their skills in directing; interviewing subjects and creating original content for an audience. Culminating in an interactive audience experience and portrait exhibition, this new work is a game changer for the dissemination of wisdom and the imagining of shared futures.
Entrepreneur Camp 2018
Partnering with Bizzy Girls and GCA’s Imbokodo program, we are thrilled to be hosting our second annual entrepreneur camp for young women in the township of Orange Farm. Over the course of a week 15 girls get the opportunity to dream big and embark on the exciting journey of starting their own business. Students get to have the hands on experience of developing a product line, learn financial literacy skills, develop a business and marketing plan, form new partnerships and make their ideas a reality. At the end of camp, students get to sell their products at our Seed pop-up market and experience the joy of making money from their efforts. Girls can continue on this path with our mentor program, where students showing passion and potential are partnered with local and international female entrepreneurs for ongoing guidance and mentorship.
Entrepreneur Camp 2016
During the first week of January, 2016 we started off the new year hosting our first official SEED camp at the Zonkiziziwe elementary school in Orange Farm, a township located on the outskirts of Johannesburg. Sixteen young ladies showed up with big smiles and open hearts as we began our five day program incorporating wellness, self empowerment and entrepreneurship. It was wonderful to watch barriers break down, new friendships form and creative ideas come to life as the week unfolded. The girls worked extremely hard during camp, and for many of them, this was their first foray into the business world and exploring the benefits of yoga and meditation. We witnessed ideas spring from students’ imaginations and into reality as they established partnerships, learned new skill sets and embarked on a journey together, proving that if they allowed themselves the space to dream they can become a community of strong, independent women overcoming any obstacles in their way. The end result was a room full of happy campers who created amazing products including natural skin care, recycled fashion and beaded jewelry.
Our final day of camp ended with students holding a SEED pop-up market for their local community. Everyone was excited as customers streamed in the front door and it was wonderful to see the girls beaming with pride as they made their first sales. Students got to keep all profits which went to helping their families, buying school supplies, and some even re-investing into their business. We are thrilled to hear many have gone on to continue developing and growing their ideas and have carried on the entrepreneur path. SEED looks forward to expanding our entrepreneur program in 2018 to include a global mentoring program and deepening our partnership with GCA’s Imbokodo women’s financial literacy program to provide students with continuing support within their community.