Imagine Scholar Nonprofit organization in South Africa


  • WHO: History and Values
  • WHAT: Current Program and Projects
  • WHY: Opportunities and Special Traits
Education despite circustances

WHO: History and Values

  • It was a collaboration between one young American named Corey Johnson and five students from Nkomazi in 2009.
  • Together this group recognized youth from rural, under-resourced areas were unfairly restricted from reaching their full potential.
  • They wanted to create a pathway for motivated youth to excel in university, succeed professionally, and effect sustainable social change.
Imagine Scholar provides unique, personalized education to promising youth from disadvantaged communities. We strive to empower the next generation of African leaders through creative, multidimensional development.

WHAT: Current Program and Projects

  • Explorers (Grades 6-8 The introductory foundation program): potential scholars program youth is mentored by current scholars
  • Scholars (Grades 9-12 Our core program): 10 students are selected to discover passions and build transferable skills in a hands-on learning experience
  • Alumni (Graduates Our post-secondary program): The graduates fill prominent leadership roles serve as mentors to inspire future generations

Sustainable Student Opportunity Fund (SSOF):

  • Allows Imagine Scholar to provide valuable experiential learning opportunities (ELOs) to students who otherwise would not have them.
  • Experiential learning opportunities are donation funded, student-led community development projects, student clubs, job shadows, and opportunities
  • These opportunities provide students skills that are critical for young leaders develop in disadvantaged, rural communities.
We find the students who want it the most. Once chosen, youth enter into a lifelong commitment to transform themselves and their communities.

WHY: Opportunities and Special Traits

This Non-profit goes beyond providing help. Imagine Scholar focuses on equipping and empowering youth with skills they need to be able to help themselves and the surrounding community. Imagine Scholars want to move society forward. They define success not through themselves, but by how they positively affect others.

Program Associate and Youth Mentor Internship Opportunity

  • live onsite in Kamhlushwa, South Africa for 6 months
  • work 9:00-5:30 Wednesday- Sunday
  • Build relationships with the students
  • Create and run empowerment projects
Awaken the confidence to step outside our comfort zones. Cultivate the extraordinary in ourselves. Develop the courage to do the right thing. Be empowered to inspire our community and the world

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