Youth Day, June 16th, is a momentous day for South Africans nationwide. It’s a day to celebrate the unique resolve and strength of the youth, who were instrumental in lifting South Africa out of the Apartheid era and who are essential to the future success of the country. On this day in 1976 the Soweto Township exploded into violence! What was intended to be a peaceful protest against unfair teaching curriculums, morphed into a bloody conflict between government authorities and 20,000 disgruntled students. As the day drew to a close, it was confirmed that 23 students had perished in the clash. And unfortunately, they would not be the last. By the end of 1976 more than 600 Soweto residents had lost their lives standing up to the oppressive Apartheid regime. To honour and respect this significant day, we at African Impact, celebrate youth day by participating in activities on project that give the children a sense of purpose and worth. We strive to empower the younger generation by highlighting their accomplishments. Reinforcing the fact that they can make a difference and giving them the tools to become future leaders is what youth day is all about. We will be sharing how are projects are celebrating youth day, so check out our facebook page for pictures in the next few days!