ShapeShifter

Meet Maryana Iskander, on a mission to find employment for 1st-time job seekers

We’ve facilitated the placement of 40 000 young people into their first job.

Maryana Iskander, Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator

We work with young people who we refer to, and treat, as customers.

Maryana Iskander, Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator

I fell in love with a person who was in South Africa… I’m going to call South Africa my home for the rest of my life…

Maryana Iskander, Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator

Maryana Iskander is the Chief Executive Officer at Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator.

Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator is a non-profit company that partners with South African employers to source, place and successfully retain young, first-time work seekers.

Before joining Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator Iskander was the COO of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America where she still serves on the board of directors.

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviewed Iskander for his “ShapeShifter” feature.

Listen to the interview in the audio below (and/or scroll down for more quotes from it).

We’re sitting with six million young people that are not in education, employment or training.

Maryana Iskander, Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator

If we can’t grow the economy it’s very hard to see any short-term solutions.

Maryana Iskander, Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator

Geography is often the main barrier… A young person must only be one taxi ride from the job…

Maryana Iskander, Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator

We’re led by what employers are asking for.

Maryana Iskander, Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator

R938 per month is the cost of work seeking…

Maryana Iskander, Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator

There’s not enough jobs, but there are jobs.

Maryana Iskander, Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator

I get a daily email telling me how many people we’ve placed in jobs.

Maryana Iskander, Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator

If you cannot see the impact of what you’re doing it’s hard to keep doing it.

Maryana Iskander, Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator

We have mock interviews…

Maryana Iskander, Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator

I think there are many good and honest people in Government.

Maryana Iskander, Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator

We’re interested in talking to employers of any size.

Maryana Iskander, Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator

We have to grow our way out of this problem.

Maryana Iskander, Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator

We need role models for young people that look like them.

Maryana Iskander, Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator

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