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Empowering Tomorrow's Leaders: The Real Life Impact of Youth Coaching

"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts." - Winston Churchill

In a fast-paced world brimming with opportunities and challenges, the journey of a young professional can often resemble a whirlwind. Navigating career paths, honing skills, and balancing personal growth with professional aspirations can be daunting. Yet, amidst this complexity, lies the transformative power of Youth Coaching – a guiding hand that illuminates the path forward, fosters growth, and unlocks the untapped potential of tomorrow's leaders.

At Sivuka Youth, the mission is clear: to Coach young people to find their inner power. Through methods grounded in positive psychology, NLP, Insights Discovery and Intuitive Coaching, Sivuka Youth goes beyond job skills to build a sense of self and confidence in young professionals, empowering them to realize their full capability and excel in their roles.

Meet Shakira Sharfoodeen, a Customer Experience Intern at Sage who embarked on our Work Readiness Programme. Witnessing remarkable transformation in just three weeks, Shakira bravely navigated a journey of heightened self-awareness, fortified confidence, and authentic self-leadership. The results? Nothing short of magical! Here is her experience of Coaching...

"My experience with Sivuka Youth Career Coaching has been such an enlightening process! the collaborative sessions have allowed me to engage in mindfulness activities designed to increase self-awareness. " - Shakira Sharfoodeen

Coaching helped me set clear, achievable, and measurable goals for myself. Ashalia and her team have played such an integral part in my journey, they have such an efficient and passionate approach to the Coaching. Their Coaching style is so dynamic, equipping us with creative exercises that grant us hands-on experience in a real work environment.

Their motivation and guidance have personally encouraged me to align my values with career aspirations, overcome obstacles, refine my interpersonal skills, and take accountability for my actions.

My major takeaway from this journey is that career coaching is such an effective tool in developing your personal brand, through introspection, you redefine your purpose, your goals and from that you find what makes you unique.


In addition to that, Youth Coaching bridges the gap between education and employment. Unlike school where a teacher teaches a particular subject, it is more like an older sibling who listens and advises you on professional skills that are important to have in the workplace, which makes it more exciting and engaging.


There are three key aspects I have learned about myself, from Coaching.

I have become more open to change, as change is an important factor in your personal growth. Secondly, I have become more authentic in setting goals for myself and lastly, I have gained enormous confidence in my career and personal life!

The best advice I can give my fellow young professionals is that you should compare yourself to a sponge; be eager to learn, grow and ‘soak up’ all the knowledge offered to you in the first years of your career.

This approach is so essential as that guidance can help to shape your career into where you want it to be.A few suggestions to remember along your journey:

·      always ask thoughtful questions for clarity and guidance,

·      establish productive daily habits, and

·      develop a valuable skill to distinguish yourself.

Youth Coaching is an essential factor in both personal and professional development. It not only enhances performance and maximizes potential but also empowers individuals to navigate the dynamic environment of the workplace.

For South African youth, it provides an avenue for growth, empowerment, and access to valuable resources that are not easily available!

Youth Coaching emerges as a beacon of empowerment and transformation for young professionals embarking on their journey in the dynamic landscape of today's workforce. The success story of Shakira epitomizes the profound impact of Coaching our Youth.

As Ashalia Maharajh and her team at Sivuka Youth exemplify, Youth Coaching equips individuals with the tools and mindset necessary to navigate the complexities of the modern workplace, bridging the gap between education and employment. Through introspection, goal-setting, and skill development, young professionals like Shakira not only enhance their performance but also redefine their purpose and align their values with career aspirations.

As the journey unfolds, Youth Coaching remains an essential factor in personal and professional development, offering South African youth a pathway to growth, empowerment, and access to invaluable resources for success.

Find out more about Sivuka Youth Offerings and how Youth Coaching can help your organisation. Enquiries


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