The Golden Future South Africa Youth Empowerment Project 2016

Please help Reid Valmestad selflessly volunteer and work with at-risk youth in South Africa.

Update (April 11, 2016) - Due to unforeseen circumstances, Jason (Ying) Yang will not be able to take part in the volunteer experience, but will continue on as the Project Organizer.

Thank you to everyone who has supported this project so far; we are almost at our goal amount, which will help send Reid Valmestad to South Africa to do meaningful volunteer work with the community's youth!

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world
-Nelson Mandela

Please help Reid Valmestad selflessly volunteer and work with at-risk youth in South Africa.


Golden Future Project's Sexual health team at the Usasazo High School library in Khayelitsha, South Africa

This is the second year that The University of Winnipeg’s Golden Key Chapter has been involved with this important project, an initiative begun in 2007 which inspires participation from university students across Canada.


Golden Future is an outreach project aimed at improving the lives of youth and vulnerable communities in impoverished areas surrounding Cape Town, South Africa. Volunteers travel to these communities to discuss prominent matters including HIV/AIDS awareness, youth empowerment, sustainable business practices, and the pursuit of education. The organization’s goal is to help young South Africans build strong leadership skills and set a global example of social responsibility, humanitarianism, and positive change.

“Being involved with a project like this is truly a life changing experience. Seeing the challenges these communities face firsthand is a real eye-opener,” says project organizer Jason (Ying) Yang.

“There is so much that needs to be done, but after seeing the enthusiasm within the schools and their youth, I truly believe that a better future is very attainable with the proper support systems in place.”


Jason Yang with Uxolo High School students in Khayelitsha, South Africa at last year's Golden Future project

Volunteers travel each year to Khayelitsha, the third largest township in South Africa. As a lingering result of Apartheid, the people of Khayelitsha, home to over half a million, are greatly impoverished. Nearly 90% of its population lives in shacks mostly made of timber and sheet metal, many with no electricity or water. One of the biggest challenges for South Africa as a whole is to meet rising expectations for education, employment, and improved standards of living.

The gift of time and effort to an individual in need is as valuable as a gift of money but this type of volunteerism doesn’t come without monetary costs, such as travelling to South Africa, which will come straight out of the volunteer’s own pockets. While Reid is prepared to make this personal sacrifice to help those in need, we hope that you will consider making a gift to support his cause and assist him with this considerable expense.

To learn more about this project please visit

This three week journey begins on May 1, 2016. Click here to follow our own UWinnipeg team volunteers.

If you don’t want to make a gift online, you can also send a cheque to:

The University of Winnipeg Foundation
901 - 491 Portage Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 2E4


Call toll-free: 1.866.394.6050

Please make sure to mark your gift for the "Golden Future" and your gift will be counted towards this initiative!

One thought on “The Golden Future South Africa Youth Empowerment Project 2016

  1. Reid, meeting you and Kelly in BIg Sur, Cali was a sweet, timely gift. Thank you for the FB shares of your amazing photography. It never fails to resonate. Hope to track your journey in Africa ! Be well and make a difference . Shannon seifert


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