WHO WE ARE
We are a youth-led charity which is based in Kampala, Uganda with a mission: To use mentorship through the creative arts to offer guidance and support to young people in Uganda, creating safe spaces in which they can develop the skills and receive the support they need to flourish.
Our vision: Is of a world where young people are inspired to do what inspires them.
OUR CORE VALUES
Teamwork, Integrity, Passion, Creativity and innovation,
Through our projects, we have directly reached 3320 young people, organised 2 mentorship dialogues, worked within 25 schools both primary and secondary, initiated mentorship pools in 5 schools and reached over 700,000 people online.
Because of our great work, in 2018, our team leader was nominated for The Youth Leader Of The Year and in 2017, he was also notated in the Young Achievers awards.
1: Juliana Warija,11 years. Being a young refugee girl from South Sudan has not stopped her from following her dream of becoming a great footballer and runway model. We identified her passion for playing football and modeling. Since then, we interested her in to a football academy where she now trains with. World Bank, Uganda profiled her and donated three footballs to support her dream. Two major news papers in Uganda that is; Daily Monitor and New Vision, have also run stories about her and also appeared on Pearl F.M for a talk show.
Because of the leadership skills we instilled in her, she is now the general duties prefect in her school.
2: Kato Katongole Osman, 11 years. He is a passionate hip-hop dancer. We first engaged with Kato in 2016 that’s when we realised his aspiration to become an international Hip-Hop dancer and trainer. We connected him to a role model (Abrams Tekya), a professional dance instructor and also introduced him to Reneus Bbosa , an award-winning dancer from Uganda, who now train him.
In July 2018, Deutsche Welle T.V from Germany featured him in a documentary called #77 Percent as the second person in the whole of East Africa after Bobi Wine. Kato has now performed on big dancer competitions such as the Break Fast Jam 2018, he won the Hip-Hop for Society kids dance battle 2018 and he has appeared in The New Vision, a major newspaper in Uganda
HAVING BEEN RAISED BY A SINGLE MOTHER, I NEVER EXPERIENCED MENTORSHIP FROM MY FATHER. AT AN EARLY AGE OF NINE, I STARTED LOOKING FOR A PERSON WHO COULD GUIDE ME. BY SIXTEEN, I STARTED TO ORGANISE OUTREACH TO CONNECT WITH OTHER YOUNG PEOPLE WITH IN THE SLUMS. IN 2016, I REALISED THE NEED TO REACH OUT TO MORE YOUNG PEOPLE IN A LARGER WAY; I THEN FOUNDED FACES UP UGANDA, AS NGO TO EMPOWER FELLOW YOUNG PEOPLE THROUGH CREATIVE ARTS MENTORSHIP.Ssekitto Kalule Emmanuel, Founder Faces Up Uganda