Leadership in Action Training
In 2011, BEEP started Elethu ILifa, a specialised incubation program which turns ordinary children and young people into exceptional leaders and young professionals. The ethos of the incubation is centered on creating a system that produces social entrepreneurs, environmental entrepreneurs, young professionals, and emerging scholars.
Elethu ILifa accepts and recruits members mainly from BEEP’s primary school program who are going to grade 8 and works with them through university and beyond. Those who join as members contribute R100 monthly for the services they will get from the Incubation program.
This incubation program is centered on nurturing and further developing its junior members with their personal development, like boosting their self-esteem, enhance their communication skills, reinforce their leadership development. This is done through Leadership in Action Training where they assist with the facilitation of the daily environmental workshops in different primary schools. Elethu ILifa Incubation also provides each member with a mentor and the mentors are also required to make at least 4 home visits a year. The purpose of the home visits is to assess its member’s behavior outside its program, such as in their homes, in their communities.
Those members who are doing grade 10 and 11, are in charge of the running daily environmental workshops in 8 partner schools of their “Leadership in Action Training”. They are assisted by the junior members who are doing grade 8 and 9. Those members who are doing grade 12 are required to sole focus in their studies, they are provided with private tutors, for all their subjects.
This system creates a pool of young green leaders, young green entrepreneurs, young visionary leaders, and green professionals. The incubation has over 165 members from grade 8 to grade 12 and this is a self-sufficient project.