The Greg Secker Foundation’s Inspired Youth workshop held at Reddam House in Johannesburg last Saturday has received an overwhelmingly positive response from those who attended, the role models and celebrities who presented motivational insights as well as the organisations and schools who brought students to the event.
“Thank you from the bottom of my heart to the organisers of the event on Saturday,” said Gladys Ndlangamandla of Tembisa Secondary School, whose students were brought to the event by the President’s Award Group. “The feedback I’m receiving from the learners is just overwhelming.”
Presented by the UK based Greg Secker Foundation, the not-for profit organisation which is committed to positively improving the quality of life of young people around the world, the Inspired Youth events have been launched in South Africa by Pride Factor, a life-skills academy dedicated to inspiring young minds.
“The workshops are designed around my experiences in trading and training, where the ability to master oneself has a very real bearing on performance and success,” Greg Secker explained. “By learning to manage emotional and reactive decision-making, you’re empowered to unlock the resourcefulness centre of your brain. This is where the magic happens and I want to give young people the same skills, which will make a huge difference as they grow up, finish school and begin careers.”
More than 400 teenagers and young adults from the greater Johannesburg area attended the event and left motivated and better prepared to achieve their full potential as they aspire to become the country’s future leaders.
"I have enjoyed myself and the inspiring information I got today I will always keep with me," said Perfect Zikhali, while in Carlos Kanyemba’s opinion the experience was “Amazing, great, I loved every part of it - I just cannot wait for another one!". And according to the Rough Diamonds Youth Club, "We adore Greg Secker and the Inspired Youth programme. Thank you!"
Role-models from a broad cross-section of business, sport and entertainment took time out of their busy schedules to provide youngsters from every walk of life with a memorable experience.
Sibusiso Leope, also known as DJ Sbu, got proceedings underway with a high-energy talk, followed by digital fundi Romy Heldsinger, the CEO of JAG Method, and motivational speakers Iris Cupido, CEO of the SABC Foundation, and Sibusiso Molimi. MetroFM’s Talk Show host Rams Mobote then interviewed multiple FMX champion and stuntman Nick de Wit.
The afternoon program featured the debut live performance of rising star Alexandra May’s new song before Mike Sharman, founder of the Retroviral Creative Agency, recounted his path to the top of the digital advertising world. The day ended with the thoughts of entrepreneur and SA ambassador for One Young World, Lunga Tshikila.
"Education moved me from the street corner to a table full of decision makers. Education changes lives," DJ Sbu told the audience, adding “It’s not about where you come from, but where you going,” and “Thoughts Become Things – TBT.”
"I could spend life feeling sorry for myself for the abuse I've suffered, but I'm too busy tapping into the greatness within me, and that same greatness is also within you," was the message from Iris Cupido.
Along with the motivational talks, the workshop included entertainment acts, gifts and prizes, opportunities to meet and mingle with the speakers and browse exhibits on education, mobile connectivity and youth products. Participants received vouchers to buy the food of their choice from the onsite store as well as programs, pens and a special memento in the form of a clock on which each of the hours was designated ‘NOW’ to reinforce the theme ‘The Time Is Now!’
“We could not have been happier with the launch of the Greg Secker Foundation’s Inspired Youth programme here and in Cape Town last month,” said Pride Factor MD Dene Botha, who hosted the workshop. “Many thanks to all the role models and celebrities who contributed their time and expertise to motivate the audience, our suppliers and organisers who ensured the event ran smoothly and particularly the participants who gave up their Saturday to learn how to become South Africa’s ‘inspired youth’!”
Find out more about the Greg Secker Foundation’s Inspired Youth programme at:
Founded in 2010, the not-for-profit Greg Secker Foundation’s mission is to provide young people, regardless of background, with the strategies and confidence to achieve their full potential and realise their ultimate destiny. Having run similar youth programmes in the United Kingdom, the Foundation is excited about bringing their experience and commitment to giving children the best possible start in life to South Africa. See www.gregseckerfoundation.com
Pride Factor, the Cape Town based life-skills academy dedicated to inspiring young minds, has adapted the proven formula developed by Secker in his business orientated Global Success Summits to empower teenagers with the motivation and tools required to accomplish their highest possible level of success. See www.pridefactor.co.za