The philosophy of the academy is that leadership is service and service is leadership. Our aim is to develop servant hearted leaders with a keen appreciation of their context and community and to lead through empowering others. This is achieved through participation in community engagement projects.

The primary project objectives for community engagement include:

  • To empower younger female adolescents in leadership development, basic life skills, female health and post-schooling opportunity awareness.
  • To lay a solid leadership foundation in underprivileged female adolescents to promote good decision-making, skills and motivation to achieve brighter futures.
  • To emphasize the importance of servanthood in and through leadership.
  • To instill hearts of humility and selflessness in the ladies of our academy.
  • To encourage women in the academy to exercise their newly gained knowledge and skills from the program and solidify their own learning through teaching.
  • To equip and mobilise women to initiate their own community outreach programs.
  • To develop a sustainable program with strong, positive relations with the schools involved

Scholars chat before a presentation and Pretoria Technical High School


Developing Youth Leaders in the Pretoria CBD

Our community service project runs in conjunction with local under privileged schools in Pretoria. Grade 10 and 11 schoolgirls from Tshwane Secondary School and Pretoria Technical High School are brought to UP on a regular basis, where students of the academy have the opportunity to teach the skills they have acquired, as well as provide information regarding tertiary education and funding, basic health, first aid and hygiene information and form mentorship bonds.

Illustrartions from the content booklets taught by members of the academy to schoolgirls

Formal, content, which is well researched and relevant to the broader South African context, is presented by the academy students to the scholars.The discussions and debates, which spring from the content, help the younger girls learn to structure and present new ideas, think laterally, engage with relevant topical issues and develop self-confidence.

TRWLA students earnestly engaging with school girls

At the end of the year a graduation event is held to celebrate the growth of the schoolgirls in the last year.

Proud graduates from the Tshwane Secondary School and Pretoria Technical High School


Empowering Girls at Louis Botha Children’s Home

Starting with a wonderful Women’s Week celebration the TuksRes Women in Leadership Academy has developed a strong relationship with the Louis Botha Children’s Home.

In conjunction with PoWa, PulseUP and JuniorTukkie, TRWLA ran an outreach day, which provided fun, interactive, educational sessions for the young girls in this institution. The girls were able to learn about health, bullying, gender based violence, and tertiary education




Published by Emily Potgieter

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