pride factorThousands of teenagers and young adults were inspired to Strive for Success by Role Models at Nasrec Youth Month Expo last weekend in Johannesburg. After the event they were all energised, inspired and determined to strive for successful and fulfilling lives after being motivated and guided by personal insights from several of South Africa’s highest profile youth role-models.

The first of two free Inspired Youth events at the 2017 Gauteng Provincial Government Youth Careers, Jobs and Entrepreneurship Expo opened with a high voltage performance by pop sensation Alexandra May before Dene Botha, MD of Pride Factor and the organiser of the event, laid the platform for the day’s activities.

Wheel-chair bound motivational speaker Sandile Mkhize is living proof that people can overcome any obstacle and he spoke of being ‘differently enabled’. High profile digital agency head Mike Sharman carried the audience along in a wave of energy with his tales of his multi award winning campaigns with Nando’s and Rocomamas. Young photographer and YouTuber, Sibu Mpanza, explained their work in the digital realm and the opportunities for earning income from using social media platforms.

Comedian and TV presenter Nina Hastie from the popular Trending SA show used her traumatic early life as an example that no matter what your current circumstances are, you can turn your life around and become the person you want to be.

DRC born sisters, Sophie and Louise Kanza, spoke of the ‘culture of good deeds’ they are looking to create across Africa through the Sophie A Kanza Foundation and their involvement in the Trace Foundation for Youth Success. They went on to introduce mega star Sjava, who held the audience spellbound as he encouraged them to stay in school, never give up and to keep striving for greatness. Followed by a rapper, songwriter, poet and media studies graduate Gigi Lemayne who had the audience in raptures as she performed three of her popular numbers before telling them that they too could be stars if they applied themselves and persevered.

Between the motivational talks and performances, Botha invited members of the audience to participate in interactive tasks that displayed their talents and earned valuable prizes that included a tablet and two gigabytes of data per month for a year from Dare to Share, the official beneficiary for the Inspired Youth workshops at Nasrec on 10 and 17 June. He also introduced the Pride Factor membership programme that will be launched on Friday 16 June, Youth Day.

The programme is designed to inspire and guide members to become entrepreneurs and future leaders of their generation. The Pride Factor membership platform is the culmination of three years of feedback from tens of thousands of teenagers and young adults who have attended the Inspired Youth workshops countrywide.

The 26-week course provides members with weekly motivational video clips, thought provoking tasks, guidance on entrepreneurial resources, a branded bank card that enables them to start their own business and earn income from the very first day, and opportunities to win awesome prizes from airtime and clothing to bursaries for higher education.

Everyone who attended the Inspired Youth workshop on 10 June was well hydrated by Vita Coco coconut water and lucky participants won an Acer computer and Epson printer from Tarsus, behavioral assessments from PDA (valued at R20,000 each), apparel from Brand Collective and many more give-away.

During the event, exhibitors enabled attendees to consult with experts on life skills and guidance from the Growth Institute and about banking services from ABSA. The next free Inspired Youth workshop is on Saturday 17 June featuring SA and African Boxing Union (ABU) Champion Tulz Mbenge, acclaimed motivational speaker Romy Heldsinger, current Mrs South Africa finalist, philanthropist and businesswoman Candice Robbertse and global entertainment super-star Danny K.

The 2017 Gauteng Provincial Government Youth Careers, Jobs and Entrepreneurship Expo runs from 9-18 June and features hundreds of exhibitors showcasing information from different industries and academic institutions, fashion shows, entertainment, MEC dialogues and a march to commemorate Youth Day on 16 June.

The media partner for the Inspired Youth workshops is Trace TV and the official beneficiary for the events is Cape Town based Dare to Share who will be presenting their Game for Humanity programme. The events are produced by Pride Factor and Liquorish Inc. and proudly supported by the Gauteng Provincial Government, the Growth Institute, PDA, JB Marks Education Trust Fund, ABSA Bank, Tarsus and Vita Coco.

To see their Facebook gallery with dozens of images visit: http://bit.ly/June10Gallery

You can also view their website on: www.inspiredyouth.co.za; Facebook: www.facebook.com/inspiredyouthsa and Twitter: @InspiredYouthSA

By: Paul Botha

Published by: Fortunate Machaba

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