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MiWay inspires with Men in the Making

Published on: 27 May 2015

Even though it has its own active corporate social investment programmes, short-term insurance innovator MiWay is firmly behind the Men in the Making Day initiative. That’s because the company believes in the concept of inspiring teenagers to become positive agents for change in their broader circles of influence and to help more youngsters grow into responsible, caring adults.

What is Men in the Making?

The Men in the Making Day (MIM) programme is an initiative by vehicle monitoring company Tracker.  MIM identifies disadvantaged boys and provides mentorship and skills training to better equip them to become providers and contributors to society, on the one hand, while establishing solid foundations for personal successes on the other.

MiWay's Contribution

As well as forming close and special relationships with the involved schools, MiWay has selected eight boys from Moletsane High School in Soweto (at which MiWay's MiHeart Project has already transformed the Computer Centre) to participate in the MIM initiative.

The company is taking its contribution to MIM further, pairing the boys with four of its senior managers who will provide ongoing mentorship and support as the youngsters work their way through Grade 12. While cognisance is taken of the demands of study, sport and general life on the time of each individual, the mentors will spend time with learners to provide insights into career fields and options, while imparting various ‘soft skills’.

Through the contributions of MiWay's senior managers, the company wants this to be the best year of these boys’ lives as they grow into young men. MiWay's hope is to fire up a spark in each individual; to give a glimpse of the endless possibilities that are out there; and for some of us, who also grew up in the township, to remind them that they have the freedom to be the best they can be. Our participating staff members are a mirror for these boys, showing them how much is possible through hard work and the right attitude.

Nthabiseng Moloi, MiWay's Head of Marketing, says that MiWay intends to award a bursary for further study to the best performer of its MIM participants. “Ultimately, initiatives like this can and do make an impact on our country, one boy at a time. By adding MIM to the MiHeart project, we’re able to focus not just on the school and the needs of the ICT department, but now also on the needs of some of the most at-risk learners."