Gugulethu Radebe juggles two jobs, both helping young people to get ahead in life. As the youth programmes coordinator at IKhaya LeLanga, she works with young men from Langa who are vulnerable to socioeconomic exclusion in their society. She’s also the founding director of GALE, the Girls Advocacy, Leadership and Education programme that educates girls and women aged 14-21 about leadership, community empowerment, human rights and advocacy. Working with educational experts, she developed a curriculum to offer academic support, leadership training and opportunities to hone their skills in safe environments. Establishing GALE took courage, because she’d doubted her ability to run something of her own, but she went to a school that believed in her, and found mentors who nurtured her potential. “My dream was to offer these experiences to girls who might not be as lucky,” Radebe says. She’s also involved with Edtech Global Africa, helping educators integrate technology into their classrooms.
I would like to see an inclusion of mental health services in sports across all sporting codes and competitive levels.