The Phambili Initiative is a youth led, peer-mentoring initiative that aims to address the high first year of tertiary education drop-out rate among recent high school graduates.

Established in 2017


Developing passionate and purpose-driven high school graduates.


Equipping learners with knowledge and leadership attributes to maximise their post-secondary school potential.


The Mentorship Programme

Making connections

Through one-on-one, years long mentorship.

Every year, a cohort of high school finalists (mentees) is selected to be mentored by high impact tertiary education students in each learner's preferred field of study. These tertiary level mentors are recruited to help smoothen the non-academic aspect of transition from high school to tertiary education.

Sharing information

Through interactive workshops and campus tours,

Organisation and guest speakers equip learners with the know how on:

  • Choosing the right course,

  • Financially readiness (NSFAS, ) and

  • Adjusting to tertiary education life.

Meet the mentors workshop 2020


Are you a university student, a young leader or simply passionate about making a positive impact?

Become a mentor or volunteer, like one of the many stellar individuals who contribute amazing value to our mission. Every year, a number of individuals are recruited and trained to become part of the growing network of change makers to assist the class of the future to transition from high school to university.

Be sure to check out our social media pages for updates on the application window or reach out to us via our contact form.

2021 Mentor Applications Closed! 2022 Applications Open dates TBC