Welcome to Becoming Legacy – a youth empowerment platform that aims to positively impact South African urban youth with a message of hope for their future.
The project was launched on 23 May 2017 and has since showcased the stories of prominent South African personalities. These stories are based on the understanding that children in townships and inner cities do not receive the same quality education or opportunities as those in suburbs or wealthy neighbourhoods. This is why the Becoming Legacy message is taken to high schools, universities and youth clubs. We believe it is here that we have the best opportunity to reach out and touch a generation of young people. It is here that we can directly interact and answer their burning questions.
The team, led by founder Shaun Naidoo, shares insights on how young people can chase after their dreams, encouraging and helping them change their attitudes to the future. Put simply, the programme is about taking one step towards the students, showing genuine care about their challenges - refusing to give up on them and of course, building hope. The project welcomes students from all walks of life - ensuring that no one is left behind.
The demand for our message increases with each new location visited. There is a constant call from youth across South Africa. With unemployment rates constantly showing disturbing numbers, it is clear that our youth are even struggling to find the most basic of jobs. So, the prospect of anything career-worthy is often beyond the reach of most young people.
Now more than ever, young people need to have hope. Without hope, there is no incentive to work hard and to pursue greatness. Without hope, there is no reason to remain in school or reach for university access. Without hope, there can be no legacy.
In the wake of shocking revelations that began with high profile figures such as Harvey Weinstein, Becoming Legacy has invited a panel of industry practitioners to discuss the impact sexual harassment has on the entertainment industry. As a youth empowerment organisation with a mission to impact young people with a message of hope for their future, we believe that it is important for us to provide a platform where these issues can be discussed.
Each of our panelist bring a wealth of knowledge as industry professionals. They have invaluable insights that will help equip young people to deal with some of the harsh realities they may face at auditions or interviews.
Acclaimed actor and film producer Tumisho Masha reveals intimate details about his career thus far. He is the first South African to play ‘Nelson Mandela’ (Mandela’s Gun) in an international film. In May 2018, Masha won a Best Actor award at the Harlem International Film Festival for his portrayal of Mandela.
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