It seems fitting that the first wave of S2C Ambassadors would graduate on the day marked internationally to honor the needs, sacrifices and struggles of African youth and children. On 16 June 1976 the uprising of youth in Soweto, South Africa, was to become the defining moment of a slow revolution. 36 years later 15 young men and women who had applied themselves diligently to youth development over the past four years were awarded their graduation certificates at a celebratory ceremony held in Kadoma, Zimbabwe. During proceedings, S2C Ambassadors paid tribute to the sacrifices of African youth and committed themselves to being the agents of change in their countries.
Many participants in receiving their certificates acknowledged the importance of the Subject 2 Citizen programme as a vehicle of change, and a tool that can be used to guard against the future abuse of children through political and social manipulation. The newly graduated S2C Ambassadors also welcomed the second wave Ambassadors and encouraged them to build on what had been created.
The Africa Alliance of YMCAs, initiators of the Subject 2 Citizen, embraced graduates with warmth and bittersweet pride as programme facilitators, Vezi Mncwango, Gil Harper and Mutale Chanda thanked participants for their dedication and encouraged them to capitalise on what they had learned to bring change in their communities.
The S2C programme has opened many doorways for participants. For Munga James Katana, the communications aspects of the programme would being him success in his career. "Through S2C, I got a job as a radio presenter in a radio station with a listenership of two million, and last year I was awarded best journalist of the year in the coastal region of Kenya," stated Munga James Katana.
Kevin Faishinou found the conflict resolution a helpful tool in his negotiations of high-level conflict. "Because of the skills I learnt from S2C, I played a huge role in stopping strikes at 2 big public universities in Togo," said Kevin Faishinou.
While the first wave S2C Ambassadors will be missed, they have left a strong legacy for the new Ambassadors to evolve.