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girlAYouth Potential South Africa (YOUPSA) is a South African registered Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) and Public Benefit Organisation (PBO) founded in June 2015 by Ray Schöne and Alexis Salaman. We are an education project for the socially disadvantaged rural youth in South Africa. We bring education alive by igniting the inner spark in youth. When children discover their “spark”, they tap into their own unique talents and interests. Youth who have the ability to express their own personality and know what motivates them to do their best, develop a sense of purpose, empathy and social competence, they achieve higher academic performance and contribute to the well-being of their greater community.


YOUPSA’s Partners and Membership Networks

Awesome SA (www.awesomesa.co.za)
Ein Herz für Kinder (www.ein-herz-fuer-kinder.de)
Wulkow Foundation (www.wulkow-stiftung.de)
Umckaloabo Foundation (www.umckaloabo-stiftung.de)
South African – German Network – SAGE Net (eng.sage-net.org)
The President’s Award for Youth Empowerment (www.presidentsaward.co.za)
Herbalists Without Borders Int’l (www.herbalistswithoutborders.weebly.com)
South African Extraordinary Schools Coalition (www.bridge.org.za)
Eastern Cape NGO Coaltion (www.ecngoc.co.za)
Southern African NGO Network (www.sangotech.org)
NACOSA (www.nacosa.org.za)
Woolworths MySchoolMyVillageMyPlanet (www.myschool.co.za)

YOUPSA has a BEE Certificate – 100% of YOUPSA’s beneficiaries are black as per the Codes of Good Practice. 100% of the YOUPSA learners are South African citizens from disadvantaged backgrounds and described as black as provided in the definition of the BEE Codes.

rural kids
rural school
rural school
rural class room