Watch: 'Invisible' students empowered through The MatchMe Project
Shallona Shallowe is continuing her journey to empowering students and providing them with opportunities that are in line with their career goals through The MatchMe Project.
The MatchMe Project--which launched in 2017--works with students who are ‘invisible’ in our educational institutions and matches them with internships that their interests and career goals, equipping them skills that will allow them to bridge the gap between school and the world of work.
What sets The MatchMe Project apart is that it specifically targets sixth form students. "A lot of organisations may have programmes that facilitate the employees' children and if they happen to be in forms four to six they may get an opportunity.
"We specifically target sixth form students, place them in an organisation, carry them through orientation and professional development workshops, as interns, they have to do presentations and engage with the company they've been placed in various community service events," Shallowe said.
“Within the education sector, there are many opportunities for our young people to engage in youth activities that contribute to their academic and holistic development. Throughout my career as an educator at the secondary and tertiary level, I have personally seen the positive benefits that our youth experience through participation in these activities.”