Ambassadors Youth And Community Development

Location: Soweto and El Dorado Park – Johannesburg
Combat sport: Boxing
Focus areas: Youth leadership, employability, sport for development
Established: 2011
Joined the FFP Alumni: August 2013
Website: http://www.aycd.org/
Contact: Aneil Manmohan

Aneil and Priya have worked with young people for over a decade, having initially founded a grassroots football organisation to provide at-risk young people with an after school football team. Their involvement in youth support services expanded from there and in 2011, AYCD was formed to offer young people access to a wide range of activities.

AYCD now implement activities across four provinces in the Guateng region in partnership with schools, religious organisations and a network of NGOs that provide a wide range of support services to young people. AYCD work with these partners in their target communities to deliver Life skills programs, Leadership Development, Team building, Mentoring Programmes, Reconciliation Workshops, Sports Development, Social Awareness Programmes ( H.I.V/ AIDS, Drug & Alcohol, Advocacy) and a Careers portal to assist youth in getting employment.

AYCD are already closely aligned with FFP’s holistic approach; delivering services based around education, employment, youth support and youth leadership – the addition of boxing and martial arts would allow them to reach more at-risk young people that previously possible. AYCD will initially work with FFP to establish a new boxing and martial arts programme on the site of Westbury High School, and in partnership with MashUp, a collective of youth development CBOs. From there, Aneil and Priya intend to integrate B&MA into their wider schools programme to address school violence and safety issues, and into their partnership with other NGOs to engage with out-of-school youth. Alongside this programmatic expansion, they intend to expand the reach of their organisation to all areas of the Gauteng province.