Sophumelela Ketelo is the Chairperson and Founder of Sophumelela Youth Development Programme (SYDP). The organisation was established in 2017 and is led by a group of young leaders. SYDP recently became a grantee of The Learning Trust in 2021.
Based in Makhanda, Eastern Cape, SYDP aims to:
Uplift learners from three underperforming high schools in Makhanda through after school support programmes.
Foster the spirit of paying it forward in University students, by creating opportunities to engage high school learners through mentorship and tutoring.
Eradicate socio-economic issues faced by high school learners through working with various stakeholders to provide life skills education.