The Upbeat youth Centre (UYC) is a non-profitable organization, which is registered as a section 21 company with the register of companies; registration number is 2011/011695/08 and is also registered as an non-profitable organization with the department of Social Development NPO-092-656.UYC was founded by Amon Maseko, Operating from Tweefontein, KwaMhlanga in Mpumalanga, one of underdeveloped areas in south Africa.
The desire to establish such an institution was fuelled by a need to support programmes with a particular focus on unemployed young people such as job search programmes, job creation programs, job placement services and training of unemployed youth in ICT.
South Africa has an acute problem of youth unemployment that requires a multi-pronged strategy to raise, employment and support inclusion and social cohesion. High youth unemployment means young people are not acquiring the skills or experience needed to drive the economy forward. This inhibits the country’s economic development and imposes a larger burden on the state to provide social assistance. It poses a special problem in South Africa where at least half of young school leavers are unlikely to find work before the 24. An estimated 826 000 youth arrive on the labour market each year, having completed grade 12 or having dropped out of education and is now seeking a job.
From its inception, UYC was always a youth driven initiative and believes that to unleash the poverty chain from underdeveloped communities, it is essential that effective programs are developed in rural areas so that young people have a reason to stay in their rural communities. This “reverse migration” concept will encourage young people to stay in the rural areas and create or participate in programs designed to create self-sustaining communities while avoiding the urban vices of overpopulation, unemployment, disease and crime,
Our programmes have always been shaped to provide work readiness programmes and to continuously assessing the needs of the youth in our area of operation. Our philosophy is based on the adage “Give a man a fish and he eats for a day. Teach a man to catch a fish and he eats forever”.
Core Strategic Objectives:
To train ICT and develop entrepreneurial skills among unemployed youth
Provision of work readiness programme
To provide sports and other physical activities
To support youth, with access to resources, skills and experiences to help them succeed in their careers,
To empower poor and disadvantaged youth to contribute to their communities, and lead outstanding lives
Support youth information networks, increase access to information for the youth
To be a vibrant and energetic organization contributing to Job creation, to the advancement and development of the disadvantaged & unemployed youth
“To facilitate a sustainable process of Research, ICT Training and Skills Development For the creation of Jobs, creating hope for the future, good-paying jobs, business development, and educational opportunities for Kwamhlanga’s youth. Such a mission is essential because, in our area
Most of the young people have dropped out of high school.