BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Nathan has a passion for entrepreneurship and social change. He holds a Post-graduate Diploma in Management (specialising in Entrepreneurship) from UCT and enjoys studying leadership. As an Entrepreneur he has started many small businesses and been involved in a variety of social impact projects. He is excited about how innovative business thinking can be used to improve non profit ventures to increase their long term sustainability and impact. His heart is to see children and youth from disadvantaged backgrounds be given the support they need to live out their dreams. On the weekends, he likes to ride his motocross bike.
Academic Program Head
Jeremy joined Ikasi Youth in 2015. He loves working in youth development and is passionate about education. He has been involved in Youth Development for five years after completing his studies in Practical Theology in 2007. He's worked with youth in various capacities, including the private and public sector.
At Ikasi Jeremy manages the Every Day Heroes Club Academic Program, facilitating the English and Mathematics Program. He believes that through a culture of serving one another we can change our society. He enjoys playing sport, jogging or doing something adventurous or frequenting bookshops, antique stores, sipping coffee at a new little store or visiting a local market. He considers himself a lifelong student and always wants to learn and educate himself.
“Education is the most powerful weapon, which you can use to change the world" - Nelson Mandela
Community Worker & Lifeskills Facilitator
Kutlwano joined Ikasi Youth in 2014 after four years in community service working in his community of Khayelitsha. He has spent two years training schools’ debate teams and two years facilitating life skills and HIV prevention programs with youth. He was awarded the Best Life skill Coach award for two consecutive years by the Grass Roots Soccer organization. He met Nathan Roberts through their participation in Activate Leadership and decided to join the Ikasi team to reach out to youth beyond his community’s borders as our Life Skills facilitator. In his Community Worker role he additionally holds monthly one-on-one check in sessions with each Hero and organizes our parents meetings and home visits.
“Dream as if you will live forever and live as if you will die today.” - James Dean
Brian is a South African creative director with a broad background in helping both large companies and small individuals get up and running and get noticed. Brian's passion and skill for making a difference in the world started with building his own online wildlife startup and has seen him work with all sorts of groups around the world including Wikipedia, YouTube, Google and Apple.
"If you don't shoot, you can't score." - Wayne Gretzky.
LIFE MPILO MANUWE
Computer Lab Facilitator
Ashley joins Ikasi Youth with over five years experience in community development work. Having completed her studies in Psychology and Sociology, she swapped the sunshine of California for the stunning beauty of Cape Town working throughout the country, particularly in the Cape Flats and Hout Bay communities. She has joined the Ikasi family in 2013 as our Branch Manager in Imizamo Yethu, Hout Bay wherein she oversees the day to day operations of our programs and our amazing team of facilitators and volunteers.
“The biggest thing in the world, bigger than the ocean and the sky, is your heart.” - Do Hyun Choe
Assistant Academic Facilitator
Lelothando grew up in Queenstown, Eastern Cape, but moved to Imizamo Yethu in 2013 after completing his Matric in order to further his education in Cape Town. He is currently studying Business Management at the College of Cape Town and is aiming to become an Economics Teacher. Lelo has spent a lot of his free time volunteering with a number of youth organizations in Imizamo Yethu and also enjoys participating in local government.
He loves working with youth to help them reach their full potential and is a great role model in the community to our Heroes. In his role as Assistant Academic Facilitator he attends the program five days a week, monitors our Heroes academic progress, and additionally runs our Saturday “Heroes Community”.
“The quality of your thoughts can determine the quality of your life and who you are” -Ras Furr B.
After many years in the hospitality industry working as a banqueting manager, Kelly started freelance bookkeeping when she and her husband were transferred overseas. In 2012 they returned home to Cape Town after living in London for 10 years where, in addition to running her own business, she trained as a life coach and completed a 3 year programme in applied psychology (Transactional Analysis). She lives in Hout Bay with her husband, two dogs and a grumpy cat. Kelly joined the iKasi team in the beginning of 2014.
"If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always got." - Anon
Aveleigh loves to create opportunities for youth to develop and grow. She joined Ikasi Youth in 2015 with years of experience in the education, non-profit and art fields, and she has an extensive background as a facilitator, project manager and curriculum designer. Aveleigh has a degree in International Development and Globalization from the University of Ottawa, as well as a Masters degree in Arts & NGO management from the EDHEC Business School in France. She has spent the last 10 years traveling her own path and working throughout North America, Europe, Asia and Africa.
"I dwell in possibility..." - Emily Dickinson
Mark has experience working in informal settlements, civil engineering and business leadership. He has a close connection to Mandela Park having worked in the community for a number of years. His formal education includes a degree in civil engineering, a masters in applied theology and an MBA. Mark acts as a director on the Ikasi Youth board.
"Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom." - Viktor Frankl
Mary is an Executive and Leadership Coach and Mentor and a Canadian-trained Counselor for individuals and couples. She is a designer and presenter of corporate interventions, international workshop presenter and public speaker, author and frequent guest in the media. Mary has recently completed an MPhil in Management Coaching through the University of Stellenbosch. Her research was focused on the neuroscience of coaching and the neurological differences between men and women.