Scouting in schools sets youth up for success

Last year we shared the story of Scouting in School (SiS) intern Krista Hendrickse. Her dream was to become a nurse. One year later, and she has been accepted to study for a Diploma in Nursing at the Western Cape College of Nursing at the Metro West Campus, in Athlone. She wrote to us to share her updated testimony. Since she received the acceptance call -almost two months ago, she has has noticed just how her year as a SiS intern has impacted and assisted her in many ways. 

“During my time on the SiS program, I learnt many things such as how to be technically savvy (#4IR), improving my interpersonal skills, how to assess one’s holistic self and what that looks like, knowing what you can and cannot control, how to be resilient, what work ethics is and how to apply it, and how the environment affects the community, as well as keeping the community aware of the correct and reliable information to share.

Scouts as a whole has made me more aware of how I treat others and the environment around me with respect and having empathy for those around me. As well as being informed and educated on the SDG Goals globally and in SA. With all this and more in mind, the SiS program and Scouts Principles and Laws have had a positive impact on me and are definitely being great building blocks for my future as a nursing student, and on the nurse I will become in future. It is also clear that through the SiS program I’ve become a better leader, as well as a more approachable person.

Thus, I want to thank the SiS Programme Coordinator Ahmad Solomons for the mentoring that you bore. At times we as interns do not understand why things are done. But in the end, when we leave the programme and face the world beyond, we are prepared and ready to take on what the world has to offer us. I for one thank you for everything that I was able to learn from you as a mentor and aleader, and what was taught. Thank you to everyone involved in enabling the programme to be a success, for young adults and the children. ”

We are also pleased to share that Athenkosi ‘Athi’ Qwelana, also a former SiS intern, graduated in Library and Information Science at the University of the Western Cape earlier this year and is currently working as an intern Librarian in Khayelitsha.