Skye founded SEED in 2015 after several trips to Africa and a long standing passion for travel, education and philanthropy. She has worked extensively with teens through the International Rescue Committee, Global Camps Africa, Bizzy Girls and teaching workshops in her native country, Australia. Her love affair with South Africa began while teaching yoga at Camp Sizanani in 2013 and has been returning ever since. A certified RYT and adventure addict, Skye is a mum, meditation teacher and a big believer in empowering the next generation of women
Through Malia’s experience in working across a broad spectrum of business administration and project management, she brings the focus and discipline to turn big dreams into reality. At SEED, Malia leads the efforts to ensure the Young Women’s Entrepreneur camp is dynamic and approaches the reality of the girls in Orange Farm, Soweto. She also works closely with sponsors, partners and mentors to facilitate community involvement allowing all young girls the opportunity to dream while recognizing the importance of education as well the need to be supported and empowered.
Assistant Program coordinator Lerato has been a favorite “vochelli” (camp counsellor) at Camp Sizanani ,as well a key member of their staff training program. Lerato is a team leader for the Orange Farm Youth Club where she has taught sport, art, life skills and nutrition. She has been a mentor to many other Camp Counsellors for GCA and loves sharing her knowledge, helping others and is passionate about seeing young people achieve their goals.
Thembi “Pebbelz” Joja has been working as a life skills counselor for the last seven years at Camp Sizanani, Lead-4-Life and Camp Nelu in both Johannesburg and Cape Town. She specializes in mentorship, enrichment coaching, HIV education and youth leadership. Thembi is also a certified yoga teacher, having completed her 200hr TT in the USA, specializing in children with special needs and teaches across the Soweto and Orange Farm area holding local classes and workshops to disadvantaged communities.
GLOBAL CAMPS AFRICA
We are proud to partner with Global Camps Africa as part of their financial literacy program for young women, Imbokodo. Global Camps Africa are dedicated to changing lives of South Africa’s vulnerable children by providing HIV/AIDS education, residential camps and ongoing support through kids clubs in the townships of Johannesburg.
Bizzy Girls is a USA based program set out to empower and celebrate tweens and young teens through entrepreneurship and leadership. We are thrilled to be in our second year of partnership with Bizzy Girls bringing their entrepreneur curriculum to our students in South Africa and developing a cross-cultural exchange program as a bridge between nations.
Founded in 2014 by Nathacia Olivier, a local Soweto entrepreneur, Indoni is a South African female owned company based in Ekurheleni that produces skin and hair products made from 100% African natural ingredients, food compounds and essential oils that contain healing properties. Nathacia provides product workshops and inspirational talks to SEED students and is part of our ongoing mentor project.
THE KABUKI DROP
The Kabuki Drop is a multi-platform arts company that engages diverse communities in cultural dialogue, using the local to examine the global. Working in a variety of spaces and across art forms, the company creates contemporary performance projects that are relevant, stimulating and innovative.
THE YOGA VINE
The Yoga Vine is an Australian based yoga company, bringing senior instructors to urban and corporate communities. Founder Kate Taylor will be partnering with SEED to develop our signature wellness program bringing her expertise in international health to our students improving students lives from the inside out.