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Grassroot Youth Academy Trust

Grassroots Youth Academy Trust is an educational and sporting non-profit organisation that operates in Khayelitsha. It was officially incorporated as a Trust in November 2016. Our objective is to provide mentorship, educational and sports training to local children from the ages 5 to 18. Grassroots Youth Academy was initially founded by Jongi Kamko in 2007 to provide local school children a constructive alternative to the violence and gangs of Khayelitsha. Jongi, a former professional boxer, started teaching boxing to a handful of children out of his house in Khayelitsha. Today, over ten years later, Grassroots not only teaches local children skills and discipline through boxing and cycling, but also provides extra-curricular tuition for about 150 local children and young adults in all subjects several times a week. It offers this in conjunction with volunteer tutors from the community, universities in the Western Cape and professionals.

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