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Member Testimonials

"A Family away from home is without a doubt what being an AspireYouth member  means to me, surrounded by love and guidance is something very unique. Having a family like AspireYouth has helped me to see the world from a point of growth and a 
drive to be better."
"I've learned how to start your own business like the  basics...on how you must treat your customers and  I've also learned to be a beer person like helping  those in need. If you want to succeed, you must  work hard, not give up. If you fail just believe in 
yourself and try again. AspireYouth has helped me  learn these things. I now have new friends and am  confident. I will never give up."
"I was a confused young lady when I joined Aspire Youth in 2014. This changed because I was hungry 
for knowledge and wisdom that would change my  situation. AspireYouth has helped me a lot over the years, but mainly I have learnt that only I have the power to change my situation" 

"My journey with AspireYouth has been a  phenomenal experience. I learnt a lot on this  journey, from how to start a business, how to run it, about saving money, helping others, it really helped me a lot building up my self-esteem too. I now look at things and life differently since my journey with AspireYouth." 
"Building self-image and laying down the foundation for a successful future, that is what AspireYouth 
means to me. They encourage us to dream and  support us in making these dreams become a  reality. I believe I am destined for great things."
"I have learnt many things about business, like how to work with money and communicate with
people. I also know that I can do things that I love like sport and cooking."

Partner Testimonials

Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina. 
We are both proud and privileged to have been partnering with AspireYouth since its inception. Mark Gamble and his team at AspireYouth so clearly focus on developing the business skills and networks needed for very real income generation and meaningful impact on lives. As such, our undergraduate business students from the US gain an invaluable opportunity to meet young South African peers who are entrepreneurs in entirely different, considerably 
under-resourced environments. They return to the USA  with an altogether new perspectives on what and how 
business may contribute to society. Some have made lifelong  friends; others have been inspired to initiate their own ventures in partnership with AspireYouth. 
Redefine Property Group
Our association with AspireYouth is invaluable to Redefin  Properties. Property maintenance is critical to our business, that is why it’s great to work with the young people who are 
members of AspireYouth, who take great pride in ensuring our buildings are pristine. From cleaning paving to clearing lier and rubble, degreasing parking bays and painting - no 
task is too small. We are proud to be associated with AspireYouth and its vision of uplitiing the youth of this 
country.
Bidvest Car Rental
Entrepreneurship, if nurtured, will be the saving grace of our  economy. Many enthusiastic entrepreneurs fail though. Young people starting out in the world of business will face 
many challenges. Finding customers, raising capital and  generally managing the intricacies of their business is a giant task. This is why AspireYouth has such a relevant role to play. Aspire supports, guides and helps build necessary relationships in the tough world of business. Collaborating, motivatong and nurturing people to identify potential 
opportunities within their own communities, gain skills and  manage their business profitably. We are proud to be associated with AspireYouth. 
Yvee Weinrich Stander. Western Cape Regional Manager