Since 2015, Zip Zap has partnered with the SOS Children’s Village in Thornton, Cape Town, to bring circus magic to children and youth from unstable domestic and/or community situations.

We continue to honour our partnership by providing circus workshops in a safe, unique, and fun environment, with the help and support of dedicated and passionate instructors. The programme aims to address children’s needs for positive growth and self-development, while promoting overall physical and mental wellbeing. Activities target challenges around learning, fostering healthy behaviours, playing together, and building and maintaining positive relationships. Children experience teamwork and learn techniques to improve inter-personal skills and foster good relationships with each other and instructors. Transport is provided to ferry participants to the Zip Zap Academy to attend sessions. All the children perform acts in the annual “Show & Tell” performance, to the delight of caregivers and staff of the Children’s Village.

JumpStreet - Outreach Programme
JumpStreet - Outreach Programme

IMPACT

The Jumpstreet programme started later than scheduled, on 18 March 2021, as a direct result of COVID-19 restrictions, with the country being on risk-adjusted Level 3 until 28 February 2021. The planned schedule was interrupted, and the programme was suspended with the imposition of adjusted risk Level 2 effective 31 May 2021, followed by adjusted risk Level 3 effective 16 June 2021 and adjusted risk Level 4 effective 28 June 2021. The programme recommenced on 26 August 2021. The effects of the pandemic had a significant impact on all participants but they were quite resilient and attended sessions consistently throughout the year. Despite the demands of school and extra-mural activities the programme boasted an attendance rate of 84%. The retention rate of 94% was a very positive indicator, and there was even a new participant who joined during the year. Both of these underpin the therapeutic value of circus to help the participants cope with the restrictions and feelings of isolation experienced during the pandemic.

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For more information on how to join one of our programmes, email youth@zip-zap.co.za

A Shining Star

Siyabonga Mayezana

Siyabonga Mayezana is an 18-year-old participant from the SOS Children’s Village in Thornton. He is big brother to twins, Tshepo and Tsepang, who are also participants in the programme. Siyabonga has aspirations of becoming a chef, citing that “chefs are creative and well-disciplined”, some of the qualities he is also learning at Zip Zap. He joined Zip Zap through the Jumpstreet programme in 2016 and has grown into a promising acrobat and juggler. He likes all the Zip Zap instructors, specifically their positive energy and readiness to share their skills. His role model is the Phelelani Ndakrokra – Zip Zap alumnus, instructor and performer.

Siyabonga was so happy to have won the Fellowship Award at the 2021 Show & Tell performance, for being a shining example of the Zip Zap values!

“Never give up in life, there is always a second chance. Zip Zap is here to help us become good people in life. Let’s behave all the time… Thank you so much Zip Zap, please help others as well because you’re helping me change my behaviour.”

 – Siyabonga

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