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      FUTURE ME   WORLD OF WORK FESTIVAL   One of our enterprises at The Message Trust (The Soft Machine) were recently invited to a workshop held  at Christel House High School in Cape Town. This invite was one which carved a significantexperience not  only for business but for the students as they were given skills in building and running a successfulfood truck business.  FutureMe is a  holistic, technology-enabled programme  aimed at assisting  high school learners  to be  work-ready  when they leave school. The  purpose  of FutureMe is to  assist young people  in becoming more  self-aware  and  confident; more aware  and  knowledgeable about subject, study and career choices  and  employment opportunities;  and  more prepared for,  and  effective in the working world.   In this way, FutureMe intends to act as a  bridge between youth and the working world.   We are really passionate about addressing the  youth unemployment crisis  in South Africa, as well as the  skills gaps in the working world .   We were there to share about The Soft Machine and the work we do as well as how these learners could empower themselves if they chose to take the path of running a food truck. The power in it all was the hunger for success we saw in the eyes of the young people at Christel House High school.     

  

    
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


      The most important part of the day was when MT shared his story with the students, many who are impacted daily by the negative cycle of gangsterism, crime and poverty. One of the grade 7 students said: “ mam, just yesterday 6 of my friends became gangsters and now they want me to join too.”  MT shared the realities of joining a gang and how this set him back for 13 years of his life. The students were eager to know how they can make a difference and where they could find help.     As we left Christel House High on the day we knew there is hope for our future and it lies in the hands of the young people in our country and it’s our duty to empower our youngsters and support their dreams. It’s the least we can do, but what's more important is for any young person to know that you care.       
   
     “ People don’t care about how much you know, they want to know how much you care ” 
   
   — Stephen R Covey 
 
                

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Investing time in the young people in school is not a waste of time it is watering the seed teachers already planted. What an experience as we took time to attend a function hosted by FutureMe.

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