BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Nathan holds a post graduate diploma in Management (Specializing in Entrepreneurship) from UCT. He has founded many SMMES and social impact campaigns.
Nathan’s passion lies in inspiring youth and helping them realise their true potential.
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 over seven years after completing his studies in Practical Theology in 2007. He has 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
Facilitator and Ikasi Ambassador
Gcino is a successfully graduated from the three year long Heroes Journey Program, completed the Heroes Beyond Program and is now a valued facilitator of the coursework he benefited from. He is currently working towards his National Diploma in Accounting
Maresa du Plessis
Maresa has a degree in social work and is currently studying towards a Masters degree in Health Systems and Services Research. She
has been involved in a number of community projects and has a passion for social justice and seeing people fulfil their true potential. Her current studies is equipping her to work towards evidence based practice in the areas she is involved in.
Facilitator and Branch -Coordinator
Stephano has been a beneficiary of Ikasi Youth since 2014 and is now a vital member of our team. He has fulfilled numerous roles at Ikasi Youth, from fundraising to facilitation. He is currently in his second year of a degree in Entrepreneurship at CPUT.
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.