By now, 10 games into a revelatory NFL season, you must have committed the legend of Kyle Juszczyk to heart.Juszczyk is the 49ers’ Swiss army knife who can run, block, catch and play multiple positions — including team muse.Recently Juszczyk (pronounced “juice check”) made an appearance on 95.7 The Game. The obligatory conversation ensued, to wit: Sure the 49ers are 9-1, but they’re about to face three teams in succession, starting with the Packers, currently boasting 8-2 records, and won’t …
Youth development is a key area to ensure South Africa’s socio-economic wellbeing; to this end the Fountain of Youth is helping underprivileged youth to prepare themselves to take the reins.Their motto is “Cultivating seeds of the future – they shall blossom to bear new seeds for the future.”Fountain of Youth, or foYU, aims to provide young people with skills necessary to shape their own futures and that of our countryBy designing and implementing projects and programmes that focus on youth skills development, entrepreneurship, career guidance, crime prevention and health awareness Fountain of Youth, or foYU, aims to provide young people with skills necessary to shape their own futures and that of our country.Matome Mahasha, founder and managing member of the Gauteng-based Fountain of Youth says: “Because I had the experience of using education as the key to my own success, I wanted to share this experience with other less fortunate kids so that they can know that there are Black South Africans who have been able to get ahead in life … because of striving for excellence and disciplining themselves to achieve well academically.”The organisation is volunteer-driven, recruiting and training people in Galeshewe township near Kimberley in the Northern Cape as wel as Soweto in Gauteng. It reaches out to ex-convicts and unemployed skilled craftsmen and women to participate in their arts and crafts job creation project.Fountain of Youth also looks to build awareness of issues such as human rights for youths with disabilities, environmental issues, water literacy and Ubuntu, an Nguni concept meaning humanity or kindness to fellow humans. This is a key value the organisation hopes to instil in the young people it mentors.YOUTH PROGRAMMES“Since the establishment of Fountain of Youth, the organisation has put together at least nine main programmes,” says Mahasha. “The first programme was kickstarted in June 2011 during the youth month in Galeshewe.”The Amandla Awethu young women development and empowerment programme empowers young women to improve their status in societyAmong the programmes is a Reunification of Homeless Children and Youth initiative, which looks at counselling homeless children and their reintegration into society, after-school support and support for affected families.The Youth Skills Development and Career Preparedness programme features career expos and career guidance activities, and skills development and training workshops to prepare young people for success.The crime prevention programme works at reducing youth involvement in crime by empowering them to generate their own income.The programme includes a Youth Against Crime forum, a youth community work initiative, and an ex-offenders’ reintegration programme featuring entrepreneurship training.Fountain of Youth’s entrepreneurship programme provides small business mentorship. The programme arms ambitious young people with business skills to kick start their own ventures.The Amandla Awethu young women development and empowerment programme empowers young women to improve their status in society. Initiatives like the Young Mothers Development and Empowerment are aimed at helping young mothers provide for and take proper care of their children and improve their living standards.YOUTH PROJECTSThe Vulnerable Children, Youth and Family Services project offers household assessments and empowers parents with skills to provide for their families.Other projects focus on sports, arts, and culture to persuade young people to live longer, healthier lives.Amandla Awethu Future Leaders & Achiever club was initiated by Fountain of Youth’s Youth Leadership project. It mentors promising youngsters for leadership positions, and to practise successful peer networking.Through their Local Economic Development Youth Support programme the organisation bridges the gap between employable youth and government departments and companies offering jobs.The organisation is volunteer-driven, recruiting and training people in Galeshewe township near Kimberley in the Northern Cape as wel as Soweto in Gauteng“The organisation has aligned a substantial number of its activities and works to those of all spheres of government and is committed to collaborating with civil society organisations from different sectors in order to promote sustainability, lifelong learning and the spirit of the civil society movement,” says Mahasha.He adds: “Although I have been involved in development work for over 10 years, being part of an organically embryonic organisation such as Fountain of Youth NPO has brought as much fulfilment to my life as all those we encounter.”FINDING FUNDING“Fountain of Youth NPO presently does not receive any donor funding although numerous solicited proposals were submitted with no immediate success,” says Mahasha.The organisation urges all donors or philanthropists to sponsor some of the children from Soweto who benefit from the work of the foundation.For details on how to donate or sponsor these children, you can visit the organisation’s support-us page on their website or call them on +27(0)74 107 4585.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest American Agri-Women, the nation’s largest coalition of farm, ranch and agri-business women, is celebrating 40 years of advocating for agriculture with its “Drive Across America,” a five-month educational and advocacy tour. Ohio Corn & Wheat, a market development, education and political advocacy group for the state’s grain farmers, is a sponsor of the Drive.Ohio Corn & Wheat works to create opportunities for long-term Ohio corn and small grain grower profitability through two checkoff based organizations and one legislative entity, Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association. The Ohio Corn Checkoff and Ohio Small Grains Checkoff work to develop and expand markets, fund research, and provide education about corn and wheat, respectively. Working with its national counterparts, the National Corn Growers Assn. and the National Assn. of Wheat Growers, the state group works to advocate for supportive public policy and engage with consumer audiences at a grassroots level to ensure a climate for grower success.“Grassroots advocacy is among the best ways to influence change because it focuses on personal connections and shared experiences. We appreciate the work of Ohio Corn & Wheat in influencing policies that promote the future of agriculture. We are so pleased to have them as a sponsor of our Drive Across America,” says AAW President Sue McCrum.“Ohio Corn & Wheat is proud to support the American Agri-Women as they continue to advocate for agriculture and help lead our nation’s agricultural industry,” said John Hoffman, chairman of the Ohio Small Grains Checkoff. “We congratulate them on their 40th anniversary and look forward to their visit to Ohio for this weekend’s Preble County Pork Festival.”McCrum and other AAW leaders and members are driving in a specially wrapped pick-up truck, participating in educational, network and advocacy events hosted by AAW’s more than 50 affiliates. The Drive will finish at the 2015 annual convention in Portland, Maine.
Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now Right now, while you’re reading this, how many browser windows are open on your screen? How many notifications will pop up while you scan this text? How many times will you be pulled away from it before you finish the entire post?There is a war being waged to distract you from whatever you are doing at this moment. Those notifications and distractions are the weapons being used to make you less efficient, less productive, and less excellent. If you want to be excellent, if you want to do excellent work, you need to be highly committed to defending against distraction.Shut the browser windows now. Focus on this one post for the next three minutes of your life.You are not alone in your struggle against distraction. We, as a society, have lost the art of being focused. We have lost the ability to zero in on one task to do it well. For those of you who remember life and work before the internet, think back to what it was like when you set out to accomplish something. Think back to how easy it was to focus on the book you were reading, or the project you were working on. The only real distraction you had might be a telephone ringing, and that was easily overcome by simply taking it off the receiver. In the days before cubicles, open office plans, and the internet, focusing was as simple as walking into your office, closing the door, removing the phone from its cradle, and getting to work. Focus isn’t so easy anymore. There is a constant war for your attention. A barrage of notifications and popups and text messages trying to pull you away from the one thing you really need to focus on in that moment. You can’t win the war against distraction unless you first understand that you are in the war, and second, you commit to disengaging from it. Commit to disengaging from everything but the most important thing you are doing at this very moment. For me, as I write this post, this is the only browser window open, and this post is the only thing I’m thinking about. When I appear on a podcast or in front of a client, they are the only browser window I keep open. My cell phone is on mute and turned over. There is one window open, whether it is my conversation with them, or the Skype call I’m participating in. If you want to do excellent work you have to shut everything off but the one thing you want to do. You must give 100 percent of your attention to the one thing that is most important in that moment so you can achieve the best possible outcome. The next time you have a conversation with another human being, shut your laptop lid. Turn your phone to mute and place it face down. Watch the look on their face; when you give someone your full attention, they are almost shocked. They, too, are under attack from the army of distraction and unused to focus. You need to train yourself, and the people around you, that you are committed to winning the war against distraction. You need to train yourself to not be available for small things so that you can be available for big things. The messages and notifications will wait, but the most important work will not. If you want to be focused and you want to do great work, you need to be very conscious of distraction and be a tremendous defender of your time.
A day after Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) president Sharad Pawar raised doubts over the functioning of the EVMs in the recently held Lok Sabha elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has shot back saying such complaints are made by those who lose. “This is a classic example of blaming the machine for their (NCP’s) inability to win elections. The type of politics that the Opposition playing is something like finding the cure without the diagnosis of the disease,” State Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar said. ‘Couldn’t solve problems’The minister said the Congress-NCP ruled for over 47 years in the State and over 50 years in India, but could not solve the problems of the people. “It is time for the Opposition to do some introspection instead of blaming of the machines,” he said.In a party meeting called to review of the results of the Lok Sabha polls on Saturday, the NCP president said he always had doubts over the efficiency of the EVMs and their numbers. “When the Congress won the elections in Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, there were doubts in my mind as to whether it was done to ensure a victory in the general elections,” he said.Mr. Pawar said the BJP is now working to pull down these governments. “All three States are adjacent to each other and now the BJP is planning to bring them down,” he said. While clarifying that there will be no merger with the Congress, the NCP president had appealed to the party workers to forget the results of the Lok Sabha elections. “The Assembly polls will be held within a 100 days. Forget the Lok Sabha results. Focus on our party, our candidate,” he said.
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