COLUMBA YOUTH LEADERSHIP ACADEMY
Activating Youth 2.0 speaks to a new approach of
positive social and environmental youth activism.
Values are the foundation of a sense of purpose and
determination; the GRIT required for success in
learning and in work. An understanding of values is
deeply ingrained through experiential learning and
through using values to address challenges in the
context of their own tough personal realities.
Columba Leadership use a meticulous community
preparation and engagement process followed by a six
day residential academy and then 2 years of
practical experience in leadership. Their Graduates
work in small groups with adult support and use
social networks with a viral like multiplier effect
to achieve systemic change in their schools and
In one example matric results in rural Manyangana
High improved in one year from 32% to 91% in 2012
with 45 distinctions, including 5 in Maths.
To date more than 1245 leaders (20% educators) from
over 56 disadvantaged schools in 7 provinces have
graduated from the academy.
They plan to create a movement for responsible
leadership by reaching 5% of secondary schools
within 10 years to institutionalize a national
culture of responsible leadership.
The Foundation has provided a grant since 2013.