Angel of the Month: Natalie Mashingaidza

As the months roll by and we get closer and closer to our spectacular celebration of humanity and creative arts, we find ourselves in love with the positive energy our Angels radiate. Natalie Mashingaidza was voted in as Angel of the Month for July 2018 and we wanted you to e-meet her through this little interview:

1. How did you hear about the CAFB?

It was Doug Carlson from Mira 9 who referred me.

2. Can you tell us a little bit about your background and what your ambitions are for your future?

I'm originally from Zimbabwe. I moved to South Africa when I started high school at Rosendaal High School in Delft. Living in Delft, a previously disadvantaged community, opened my eyes to the lack of motivators for youth in the district. Most of my school peers were either victims of teenage pregnancy, dropped out of school or were involved in drugs and gangsterism.

In my 11th Grade, Dr Van Schalkwyk started Success Club at our school and I was fortunate enough to become a member. Students from Stellenbosch University would present talks every week; from there I told myself that I would be the first one in my family to go to university. When I finished high school and went on to university I got an opportunity to give back to my community by facilitating at one of the schools in Delft - my life has never been the same.

My ambitions for the future is to be the next 'Oprah Winfrey'. My ultimate goal is to inspire more young people to take charge of their lives and be the best in everything that they do. I want to challenge more young people to go out there, do what people say you cannot do, do it with style and change the world while you're at it.

3. You've been with the Angels for a few weeks, essentially - how would you say that the programme has impacted you?

Yes, I feel like I've found my second family; I always have Angels checking up on me and hearing other Angel stories inspires me.

4. Can you tell us more about the youth programme that you run?

I make a further contribution to the Success Club that I was once a beneficiary of. The Founder, Dr Izanette van Schalkwyk, has her PhD in Psychology and based this program around the principles of Positive Psychology. It's aimed at empowering learners by focusing on their well-being and resilience. Success Club equips learners with the tools necessary to succeed in life. I'm a project leader at one of the many schools in Delft, five of which have welcomed our collaborative efforts. My role is to help students reach their full potential, imparting critical skills such as study tips and positive principles to help them along their way. Right now I mentor 15 learners who are in 11th Grade; we meet once weekly for an hour after school and near the end of the school year we'll be arranging a special tour to the University of Stellenbosch as part of a wider event run by Success Club. I'm really excited about it because our learners will get to view the lecture halls, absorb knowledge about career options from the information centre and learn how to go about submitting their applications.

5. Any advice for others who want to live a more confident life? Any advice?

Know your strengths and weaknesses. Confidence starts within you. Be yourself because everyone else is taken.

6. What's the strongest reason you would recommend CAFB to someone else?

I can think of a thousand reasons but I feel like one of the most important reasons is that you get to truly discover your capabilities, embrace the unknown and score a second family filled with amazing personalities and a great support system

Be inspired by Natalie as she graces the runway at #CAFB2018, happening on the 3rd of November at the heavenly venue we all know as One&Only Cape Town. You can click here to book your tickets while they're still available and use Natalie's promo code as displayed in the picture above for a sweet 10% off!

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