FORMER Lilyfontein School pupil Pamela Yoli has been awarded a prestigious Global Citizen Fellowship, becoming a member of an international leadership programme that aims to create a new generation of young social change agents.
The Global Citizen Fellowship Programme is funded by actor Tyler Perry and musician Beyonce Knowles-Carter’s foundation, BeyGOOD.
“It is designed to be a transformational learning experience that further equips us with the tools, skills and tactics needed to think, feel and act in the increasingly complex work environment and society.
“Throughout the programme, 10 South Africans are immersed in activities that will facilitate our personal, professional and academic development,” said Yoli.
The 12-month programme will be based in Global Citizen Johannesburg office where each participant is placed in one of the organisation’s main departments: creative, campaigns, rewards, and marketing.
“I am currently part of the marketing department, where we are receiving internal placement training, and am working closely with the local marketing manager.
“This is great because we gain transferable skills, and further hone already existing skills with the aim of boosting our employability,” Yoli said.
Speaking to The GO!, Yoli said the main reason she wanted to be part of the programme was to be aware of Afrocentric culture and Pan-African approaches.
“As much as I have always been proud to be an African woman, there are many things that I am not aware of because of my Eurocentric upbringing.
“Joining a well-known non-profit advocacy organisation that has a very Pan-African approach and Afrocentric culture has been my re-edu- cation of what it means to be an African in today’s climate.
“Having always had a passion for writing and the arts, and having studied public relations means I get to be a pivotal part of this generation.
“I also get to shape these stories and brands by Africans for Africans,” she said.
“I have always had the same core interests and passions, which lie very much in the creative space, so whether that involves writing, acting, creating and shaping narratives and brands, that’s where I have found my value internally.
“I have always known these as my strengths and these are the things that make me happy, so wherever I go career-wise, as long as I have some freedom to be creative and do good at the same time, that’s where you’ll find me.”
Yoli said she had the privilege of going to a good school and being exposed to many wonderful opportunities.
“This privilege didn’t render me incapable of seeing the disparity in access to basic necessities, such as clean water and electricity, or access to quality healthcare and education.
“I will use the knowledge acquired during my time with Global Citizen to be a change-maker, and assist in alleviating issues so closely associated with extreme poverty,” she said.