Jayden (Youth Research Board)
Hello! I am 23 years old. I have just completed high school and I’m aspiring to study political science next year.
I am currently facilitating a youth forum alongside two other young people. In the forum, we discuss social justice issues and collectively work on an action plan to change these issues.
I have strong leadership skills and I am politically inclined. At the age of just 9, I was awarded a leadership certificate in front of my school and I was the only one to receive such an award.
I led a march to my local education district to demand more teachers be employed at my school and for an upgrade in security. I have also spoken up against housing issues in my community, as well as violence in schools.
I co-wrote a critical article, which was published in the Daily Maverick:
These matric exams are unfair, listen to us, the learners
I achieved good grades in my final school exam with the odds stacked heavily against me. I continue to advocate for social change and continue to strive for a socially just society.
Find out more about Jayden in this short video: