“Every child is one caring adult away from a success story.” – Josh Shipp

Teen & Youth Mentorship Program in Diepsloot South Africa

Teen & Youth Mentorship Program in Diepsloot South Africa

The aim of mentorship is to draw alongside a teen from Diepsloot and guide them on their journey through life.

1-on-1 Mentorship *

  • We understand people live busy lives. For this reason, we have tailored the program to fit around you and what you can personally manage. Once we know your interests and how you want to be involved, we pair you up with a teen of the same gender.
  • Many of the teens have limited internet access and so they often ask basic questions which are easy to investigate.
  • Mentors aim to assist mentees with basic life skills, school work, encouragement and draw alongside them through the ups and downs of life. Mentorship is about forming a genuine and mutually beneficial relationship.
  • We recommend that you meet at least once a month in person and communicate over the phone/on whatsapp in-between. The principles to forming any good relationship applies, as what you put in is what you’ll get out.

If you think you might be keen then give us a call and we’ll tell you more about it. We’ll work with you to find the best way for you to be involved.

* Training is given upfront to explain what the experience will entail. Thereafter support is offered and quarterly training is held with all mentors to facilitate ongoing learning.

Group Mentorship

Many teens do not have mentors or someone whom they can get advice from. For this reason, every few months we meet with a large group of teens. This gives us the opportunity to address general topics such as teenage pregnancy, drugs, school subject choices, finances, hygiene, medical etc.

Online Mentorship

In collaboration with Infinite Family, online mentorship is also available. So whether you live abroad, too far from Diepsloot, or would just prefer online mentoring, this is also an alternative mentorship option.

Get Involved

  1. Become a Mentor
  2. Speak at an event
  3. Donate (Donations go towards schooling, school supplies and other various funding concerning the mentees)

Donate to this Cause

Please consider setting up a small monthly debit order, or making a once-off donation to:

Khensani’s Collection
FNB 250655
Account: 62627428643
Reference: MP + [your name (optional)]

Contact Shera for more information:

082 787 7832 / shera@khensaniscollection.org.za


A word from our mentors

Lisa and Nthabiseng

“I am a mentor to a 18 year old teen from Diepsloot, Nthabiseng. The journey has been both interesting and exciting and I enjoy our time together, even if not too often. She shows great promise in school and life and she loves sharing it with me.

Not only has it benefited her, but me as well. I’ve learnt a lot about life in Diepsloot, a vast contrast compared to life in the Northern Suburbs. We visited her family in the heart of Diepsloot earlier this year and it was a life-changing experience, and I recommend it to everyone. I loved mentoring and creating a bond with this soon-to-be-adult. I would suggest it to anyone and everyone.” – Lisa Casson

Sean and Mojalefa

“I’ve been involved as a mentor in my own small way for ± a year and a half now. My mentees name is Mojalefa, an 18-year-old boy and it soon became apparent he needed a lot of work, especially around his education and confidence as I felt this was neglected. This is by no means his fault but more around his circumstances, so that’s where I started. I didn’t want to come across like someone who was just telling him what to do and going to do and not being from SA, I also needed to learn about his background to understand and be able to relate to him. We had lots of sit down time getting to know each other.

I started with some English classes and made some changes right away and lay down some ground rules going forward. My main goal was just to be a big brother type figure, be honest with him, talk about life, right and wrong, what to be wary of, what he wanted to achieve from life and help him have experiences that he had never done before. I’m very big on Trust and being a good human so I set about getting to know him through experiencing stuff together. This mostly involved talking, asking questions, encouragement and using my own experiences to relate to him. I would try and meet him once a month at least and we would always have lunch.”Those who eat together, stay together!” I pay for his transport and give him a small amount of money for Data so we can communicate. I didn’t want any excuses but I took the slow and steady wins the race approach.

We had our challenges and I felt he was taking things for granted a little bit, so decided to have a sit-down, which was tough, but needed to happen. We had a bare all type of chat, he took things on board and our relationship grew significantly after that. What I said came from a place of caring and I think he responded well. In the time I have known him, his results have gotten better in school, he now has a bank account, he writes messages using proper English, he has been to the zoo, the lion park, played adventure golf, has been to many restaurants, has improved his timekeeping, learned how to cook, become more comfortable on the internet and with technology, has a clear vision of his future and what’s required for such, and even had a part-time job for a time. We talk about everything and he knows he can ask me anything, from politics to girlfriends, crime, and sports, etc.

I have enjoyed my time with him and feel he has also taught me some things. It’s hard to put into words but watching him grow in confidence and encourage other kids that are younger than him is very satisfying. He is a good kid, respectful, stays out of trouble, doesn’t drink or blame anyone for his circumstances and generally has a good attitude and wants to improve himself as a young man. I can recommend getting involved, there will be challenges along the way, but the positives far out way any negatives. I’m very happy to talk to any potential mentors to elaborate further, they can give me a call or drop me a mail and I’m happy to help.” – Sean