iCHOOSE To Change a Life

iCHOOSE to Change a Life is a leadership programme formed by an alliance of two individual initiatives in 2009, namely iCHOOSE Diversion programme and Mike Thomson Change a Life Trust. The programme aims at enabling diverted children to become crime prevention ambassadors in their communities, so far 88 beneficiaries have been through the programme and 18 have become Change a Life Ambassadors.

The programme was instigated after Computershare launched the Change a Life Cycling Tour to fundraise via the Mike Thomson Change a Life Trust to help combat the scourge of crime and to strive for a hopeful future for all South Africans. The Change a Life initiative is aimed at crime detection and prevention as well as providing training and leadership skills for talented diverted youth (children once involved in crime).

Structurally the programme is composed of six relevant leadership sessions, which are as follows:
  • Understanding Leadership
  • Commit to Self-Discipline
  • Discovering the Leader within
  • Response-Able to Lead with Values
  • Communication through Openness
  • Trust in myself and in my team
Completion of all leadership training is followed by a four-day leadership camp that sees beneficiaries reflecting on the content covered and developing practical methods that will enable them to be effective leaders against crime in their sphere of influence.

Our valued partner that supports this programme are:

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