According to Refiloe Seseane, Director of 18twenty8 in most cases young women who want to achieve success in their lives often do not have the mentorship needed to reach their full potential.
The idea of launching a Non-Profit Organisation, 18twenty8 came to Seseane back in 2008, after reflecting on her accomplishments in the previous 10 years of her life.“I felt like I would have gone a lot further if I had someone mentoring and supporting me,” said Seseane.
This led to 18twenty8 being established in 2011 to empower young women between the ages of 18 and 28 through educational and personal development.
18twenty8 is focused on filling this gap through its Big Sister Network which supports young women who are often the first in their families to go to university and therefore need support and guidance.
“Our network is a pool of educated, professional women who are established in their respective careers and are willing to be a Big Sister to one girl (or more). Big Sisters are mentors who guide and support our Little Sisters during their undergraduate studies by giving them professional exposure and concrete advice,” said Seseane.
Jamilla Muhammed was studying at the University of Pretoria but was unable to keep funding her studies for her final year in 2018. She came across 18twenty8, which not only paid her outstanding fees but also took her on as a Little Sister.
“I was able to receive training from seasoned professionals on topics such as leadership, personal branding and mental health, and was also given the opportunity to network with phenomenal women,” said Muhammed, who hopes to complete her Honours degree in 2020.