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Our Youth Ambassador Programme was created in 2005 to build young leaders with direct connection to social challenges in their communities and a track-record of public good. The programme supports development of knowledge and skills by creating a learning-by-doing environment that enables young people to develop skills that inspire and equip them to create lasting positive change for themselves and others by: 

  • catalysing social change – gaining skills and social awareness that encourages active citizenship
  • providing child-protection – developing youth-led structures that provide ‘strength in numbers’, offer emotional support and build self-esteem
  • mobilising children and youth – enabling each activity to achieve greater reach

Phumeza Mdingi ( Manager )

About us Phumeza Mdingi Programme DirectorI’m Phumeza Mdingi. I was born in the Eastern Cape of South Africa in 1986 in a family of three children. I completed my education in Eastern Cape. My passion is working with kids and in bringing change to my community by providing educational programmes, life skills, expressional art and psychosocial support to fight HIV and support children with healthy life choices. I dream of having my own organisation in my home town because there is no universal access to ARVs there and no information about Human Rights. I want to transfer skills in order to bring change.

As Manager at MADaboutART I lead our team of Youth Ambassadors, Young Youth Ambassadors and volunteers. I support them to achieve their best and to learn new skills. I co-ordinate delivery of our educational programme and report our achievements to the Trustees.  I am training and mentoring facilitators at other NGOs (Ithemba Lobomi in George and Hospice Knysna) so they can run these programmes in their communities too. I mentor children and youth that come to MADaboutART through difficulties and decision points in their lives.

Our Trustees

Ultimately Trustees are responsible for safe-guarding the activities of the Trust, however this takes place within a negotiated framework where Youth Ambassadors have increasing responsibility with time, according to performance and results.

MADaboutART has no paid staff - our Trustees, management board and advisers are all volunteers with a passion to Make a Difference. We are funded by individual donors and grants from charitable, Government and corporate donors. 

In the UK Trustees are Larry Gurney, Elizabeth Brown and Stephen Bitti, and in South Africa Larry Gurney, Elizabeth Brown and Hannes Robinson.