SAYes Mentoring
35 Brickfield Rd, Salt River, Cape Town, 7925
Inspiring and informing leaders of social changeSAYes is a non-profit focused on mentoring young people in South Africa toward a better future. We run a professional programme, that turns your time volunteering, into an invaluable mentorship, for someone who really needs it.We think of social change as something you want to do with your time. So we offer a professional and personalized service to help you do it well.Transition appointments are how SAYes members get in-person support from our team of transition specialists throughout the year. Appointments are for mentors, mentees and/or for matches, and are free to SAYes members.We are determined to give you the very best mentoring experience possible.    http://www.sayesmentoring.org/

Reviews

  • Sherwin Dreyer
    Mentor training
    5
    Andrew my thanks to you and your team for the very informative two days of mentorship training. I was not able to attend the last day of training due to illness, however I have communicated with the office I that regard. After some processing and reflective time I can positively approach the mentorship and any challenged it might offer. My appreciated to you and your team for the friendly and professional manner in which the training where presented. I look forward to completing the training and make a success of the mentorship. Many thanks. Sherwin Dreyer.
  • Nkosinathi Thomas Ngulube
    Mentorship Training
    5
    Andrew, thank you for the most informative 2 days of my life in your well presented session. The way you present allows one to take notes from the screen while listening to you. I am well informed through the way you present back and forth allowing me to catch up or understand what you are presenting forward. I am continually digesting all the information and am excited to use these important and selfless tools with a mentee and look forward to the challenges that l will face with an immensely positive conscience.
  • Tracy Lynn Rushton
    Interview
    5
    A thorough and well structured interview which allowed time for me to ask questions and gather additional information. I am both motivated and excited to be able to continue with the training. Thank you to Linnea and the SAYes Team for a wonderfully positive start to the Mentoring process.
  • Heidi Pentz
    Interview
    5
    Thank you to Linnea for an informative and professional interview. I left feeling encouraged, humble and excited that I could be part of a fantastic opportunity SAYes have afforded us of giving back.
  • JC Bantom
    Interview
    5
    The interview was extremely enlightening and informative. It showed off my strengths and weaknesses. I'm looking forward to doing the training and ultimately volunteer at SAYes.
  • Charity Chigede
    Interview for prospective mentors
    5
    I want to say thanks to Marissa Dana. Thank you for such a great ,enjoyable, meaningful introduction, professionally handled. You managed to make me understand better what it means to be a good, reliable and trusted mentor.I can't wait to start my training and all I'm praying for is a "right fit".
  • Willem du Toit
    WILL I AM
    5
    The first mentor training was hectic. Special thank you to Andrew for agreeing to do a "homework session" with me before the 2nd day training session. The sessions were truly transformational and the group discussion were empowering and enlightening. It is amazing how little I know even if I think I know it all (a lot) ! Very humbling and ground breaking . Special thanks to the SaYes team
  • Hugo James
    Mentoring training
    5
    Mentoring training I had with Andrew was informative and had me looking within myself my own strengths and weaknesses. In the two days I had a lot of self assessments- revision. I must say with only two days, I have learnt so much and I also value the importance of this program. Can't wait to be part of future sessions.
  • Hugo James
    Mentoring training
    5
    Mentoring training I had with Andrew was informative and had me looking within myself my own strengths and weaknesses. In the two days I had a lot of self assessments- revision. I must say with only two days, I have learnt so much and I also value the importance of this program. Can't wait to be part of future sessions.
  • Hugo James
    Mentoring training
    5
    Mentoring training I had with Andrew was informative and had me looking within myself my own strengths and weaknesses. In the two days I had a lot of self assessments- revision. I must say with only two days, I have learnt so much and I also value the importance of this program. Can't wait to be part of future sessions.
  • Jerome Wessels
    ITP Meeting with Marissa
    5
    My mentee and I met with Marissa to discuss the ITP. The meeting was very positive. I found the ITP document quite daunting and cumbersome. Marissa unpacked the document and we did an example! As a mentor, I need ensure that I use the ITP document to facilitate the mentoring process.
  • John Bell
    ITP-1 Meeting with Carly
    5
    Excellent meeting with Carly regarding progress with my mentee and the ITP. One slight problem was that the mentee did not arrive for the meeting. Notwithstanding, this was a very positive meeting. Carly provided good insights, and we were able to discuss a number of different options before choosing the most appropriate. Thanks Carly!
  • Samuel Britz
    Mentoring training
    5
    The training was very good and Andrew is very well versed and equipped on the subject. It broadened my knowledge of mentoring and would enable me to make good use of the material to enrich young minds.
  • Lebohang Mika
    Mentor training
    5
    The training session we had this week were informative and so inspiring. i appreciate the platform that SA Yes is providing. after the two meeting facilitated by Andrew is no doubt that ,it is something that i want to learn and do. not only i am passionate about mentoring but gaining more insight of it was lit. am definitely looking forward to whats next.
  • Jana Williams
    interview
    5
    I was surprised how detailed the programme is and how much attention is given to the process. Marissa explained everything properly and the written guidelines were detailed as well. Looking forward to the next step now.
  • Willem du Toit
    WILLEM DUTOIT
    5
    My interview with Marissa Dana was cordial and very professionally handled. I appreciate the probing and the line of questioning and it assisted in gaining a deeper insight into the work and approach of SAYes . The process was very transparent and I was offered opportunity to ask for clarity and comment on the different facets of the interview.
  • Willem du Toit
    WDT
    5
    Well done to me and Marissa. ??
  • Leé Griffin
    Leé Griffin
    5
    The two initiation training sessions, facilitated by Andrew, were well delivered, interesting and informative. I am, once again, impressed by how professional, knowledgeable and experienced the SAYes team is. It was comforting to hear how structured and supported the mentor role is and this makes me eager to begin the process!
  • Peter van Reenen
    Mentorship
    5
    I was happy with the positive feedback and suggestions given to me and it was a great experience my perception of independence was definitely improved.
  • Aldo Brincat
    Mentor Training
    5
    I am deeply impressed and impressed upon, by this project and the commitment laid out for us, at SayYes. Daunted might be a better word. I cannot express how proud I am to be a part of this. The training is superb and insightful. Tons of knowledge that can not only equip me to be a better Mentor, but to be a better person, myself. I feel like I am the winner here. Thank you!
  • Fareeaa Nagia
    Mentor training
    5
    I attended day one of mentor training and found it to be very informative. The basics were presented in a very structured way that was also simplified to make it real or relatable to all attending.
  • Gaylene Scott
    Feedback on Screening and Interview Process
    5
    I have been inspired by the process so far. The SAYes team are committed to partnering mentees with the right mentor, so their screening process has been exceptionally thorough, which I appreciate. I am grateful to have been part of the process so far and will consider it an honour and privilege if I am selected to be a mentor.
  • Susan
    New windows
    5
    I felt both humbled and inspired by the passion underpinning the work done so far. This is a powerful project and I would love to be part of it.
  • Penny Sparrowhawk
    An inspiring beginning
    5
    Thank you to Michelle and Destino for an inspiring introduction to youth mentoring. I am looking forward to going through the process and being selected as a mentor.
  • Training session
    5
    Today was my first training session facilitated by Andrew. it was a real eye opener as I always wanted to work with youths but not having any experiencing. this experienced has opened me up to what really goes on in the minds of our youths. the sessions were 3 hours, just wish they could be longer.
  • Diane Moretti
    Training
    5
    These were the most eye-opening, enlightening 6 hours I have ever experienced. There was a lot of information to take in, but I completed the second evening confident that I was - and would be - provided with the tools and the support necessary to mentor someone to the best of my abilities. Thank you very much, Andrew!
  • Peter van Reenen
    Information session
    5
    I attended the information session presented by Michelle and Destino and am interested in making an impact in the lives of youth in the community. I was impacted by the condition the youth in South Africa live in on a daily basis and was motivated by the success stories of youth who make the transition into independent living. Sitting around the table accompanied by other driven individuals and listening to the questions and responses spurred an active interest.
  • Tamara Arden
    Training: space, conversation & content
    5
    Showed up for my first training session, facilitated by Andrew. The content presented was interesting and engaging and opens up a space for introspection and reflection. The choice of space to host the training is in a conference room which I felt had a disconnect from the information being presented. Would love to see a softer and safer space for people to connect and unpack the exercises. An office structure triggers a work environment, and thus our work identity comes to play, where as a house or more intimate space allows for authentic selves to digest conversation and information much better.
  • Michèle Ramahery
    First training
    5
    Very constructive the first training session last saturday. Really like the sharing of the discussions. As it is my first experience, it is a new learning, and knowledge.
  • Lee Singh
    Training session
    5
    Had my first training session last night. Extremely informative and introspective. Andrew explained concepts with examples well. The group discussions shared different view points which showed me how different each of us are but with a common thread of wisdom that we have accumulated over the years (our current self vs 16 years old self!). Extremely grateful for these new experiences and learning.
  • Bellamy Block
    Interview
    5
    Had my interview with Andrew last night. The task at had for SAYes is a mammoth one, the challenges are great. This was emphasized throughout the interview. But the hour long session also confirmed that this is the right fit for me. I am looking forward to my training and overall preparation for this task. Definitely sharing with family and friends, far and wide
  • Bellamy Block
    Intro Session
    5
    Tonight was my intro to the program. The session was over all to soon. It answered all the questions I had and more. The statistics was scary, and if I can make a difference in the life of even just 1 of these children, it will give my life new meaning.
  • Meg Kennedy
    Training Sessions
    5
    After having the two training evenings I am feeling ready. We have been made aware of the challenges, things to look forward to, and have been shown the tools that we can use to focus on the task at hand; mentoring. I feel like I have the support that I need from SAYes to be able to take on this important endeavor. I will say that I would have been happy to come for a full Saturday to do this training so as not to have Andrew feel very rushed to get through all the material he needed to in the short time frame that was allotted. I do feel very good and prepared about all of it so far!
  • Dorothy Reichelt
    Reflection and Gratitude
    5
    I love the always available, supportive attitude of SAYES and this closing meeting was really valuable allowing myself and my mentee to reflect on the year past. On a week to week basis it can often feel like nothing particularly special or large is taking place, listening to my mentee reflect on her year I realised that all these "nothing particularly special" moments can add up to some really big deal epiphanies for the young adults we work alongside. From learning about career options, being exposed to new ideas and opportunities to learning to trust that a (at the start of the programme) total stranger has your best interests at heart and will always show up for you. Ultimately that is what seemed to be most important to the young woman I worked with, that I was available to listen in a non-judgemental fashion. I have taken that to heart.
  • Elisabeth Stavenga
    Year-end reflection to develop as a mentor
    5
    What the meeting today showed me, is that as a mentor you're not being thrown in the deep end, and that there's support to reflect and grow as a mentor. As a first year mentor I asked for feedback on my role as a mentor, in preparation for next year, as I'd like to be a mentor again next year and I wanted to make sure I didn't have any gaping blind spots in my approach. Apart from the learning as part of going through the process this year, the session with Carly helped me to establish what worked well, and (most important to me) what I can do differently next year. I appreciate the time Carly made available outside of the official programme!
  • Jamie Roller
    Really useful to guide us forward!
    5
    My mentee and I had an ITP meeting with Andrew and Marissa, and it was incredibly useful. Andrew reiterated the purpose of what we were doing, which was great to re-focus both of us, and then helped my mentee work through all areas of the ITP to see which areas were of particular interest. Throughout the meeting, Andrew gently but firmly dealt with questions head-on, which helped my mentee open up. Besides the fact that this was good to keep us on track, this was a really good example to me of how to engage on important issues in real-time. Overall, it seriously helped me to re-set priorities and come up with actionable next steps for myself and my mentee. I think we both left feeling positive, and our next meeting (today) was really productive. Thanks!

Our providers

Andrew Dellis
Andrew Dellis is Operations Director at SAYes. He graduated with a PhD in Psychology from the University of KwaZulu-Natal in 2011. Andrew has extensive experience working with vulnerable populations in Africa. He worked at the Child, Youth, Family and Social Development unit at the Human Sciences Research Council throughout his graduate studies. Before joining SAYes in 2015, Andrew did postdoctoral work with an interdisciplinary team at the University of Cape Town. His work focused on adolescent risk-taking, cognitive control and addiction, especially under conditions of social and economic inequality.
Marissa Dana
Marissa Dana, originally from the USA, is a Programme Support Specialist in our Cape Town office. Marissa has a Bachelor’s degree in Advertising and over 10 years experience in the advertising and publishing industries with a particular focus on training, mentoring and development – including roles as Hiring and Training Manager for Back Bay Restaurant Group and Marketing Director for Yankee Publishing, Inc. Always inspired by social change and personal potential, Marissa has led sponsored fundraising projects for non-profits and for several years mentored young people living in care homes in Boston. In 2009 Marissa transitioned to pursue further studies in coaching and personal development as well as her deep passion for AcroYoga. In 2012 she came to South Africa to share the community practice of AcroYoga across the Western Cape, getting involved in community building initiatives such as Sisonke Social Circus, The Earthchild Project in Khayelitsha and SAYes mentoring.
Andrew Dellis (Facilitator)
Andrew Dellis is Operations Director at SAYes. He graduated with a PhD in Psychology from the University of KwaZulu-Natal in 2011. Andrew has extensive experience working with vulnerable populations in Africa. He worked at the Child, Youth, Family and Social Development unit at the Human Sciences Research Council throughout his graduate studies. Before joining SAYes in 2015, Andrew did postdoctoral work with an interdisciplinary team at the University of Cape Town. His work focused on adolescent risk-taking, cognitive control and addiction, especially under conditions of social and economic inequality.
Linnea Sonander
Linnea Sonander, originally from Sweden, is a Programme Support Specialist in our Cape Town office. Linnea has a Bachelor’s degree in social work and over 10 years’ experience working with children and young people, mainly in Sweden, Egypt and Zimbabwe. Linnea has worked in both statutory and non-profit sectors in various roles, predominantly psycho social support, sector mapping and project managing. She enjoys in particular the innovative pace of change in non-profits, adapting programmes to meet the needs of young people in their own context. Linnea came to Cape Town in 2016, driven by her curiosity for wine, travel and social change. She has worked with Scalabrini, Girls & Boys Town, Molo Songololo, HOPE Cape Town, and in 2018 she mentored with SAYes Mentoring. Before joining the SAYes team Linnea was working for Mentor Sweden.
SAYes Team
Andrew Dellis, Marissa Dana, Linnea Sonander, Destino Nzonzidi  

Our services

Individual Transition Planning
A match session focused on working with the Individual Transition Plan (ITP). Mentors and mentees are encouraged to book three ITPs during the year. The first ITP appointment occurs during April and May. The second between June and July. The third August and September *Appointments are for mentors and mentees together and occur at SAYes offices. For transition appointments for yourself only or your mentee only please select from the other options in the services list. Please ensure you book the appointment with the programme support specialist working with your match.
1 hour
Transition Mentoring
A one-to-one session for mentors focused on overcoming common challenges and strengthening your approach to transition mentorship. Mentors are encouraged to book these appointments at any time throughout the year, and to do so as many times as they feel necessary. *Appointments are for mentors only and occur at SAYes offices. For transition appointments with your mentee please select from the other options in the services list.
1 hour
Match Intervention Support
A match session focused on the commitment to mentoring for both the mentor and mentee. This appointment is for matches wanting to get back on track, to reconnect with the values and virtues of person-centered transition mentoring.* Appointments are for mentors and mentees together and occur at SAYes offices. For one-to-one support (mentor or mentee) please select from the other service options.
1 hour
Interview for Prospective Mentors
All prospective mentors interview with the SAYes team after they have submitted an application. The purpose of the interview is to clarify if mentoring with SAYes will be an effective and rewarding way for you to do social change. Please note, interviews are by invitation only. 
1 hour
0 ZAR
Information Session
At SAYes we train and support mentors for under-served young people. Our one-hour information sessions give you an overview of how we do social change and how you can get involved. The presentation involves a short video, presentation and Q&A at our Cape Town offices. Please do come along and find out if transition mentoring could be the right fit for you. Please note information sessions are now open for our 2019 programmes. #2019callformentors
1 hour
0 ZAR
Transition Mentorship Training
SAYes offers best-practice transition mentorship training, extending the power of social motivation generated in formal one-to-one mentoring, with the structure and direction of transition support. Training takes place over three consecutive evening classes (7 1/2 hours total). 
3 hours
0 ZAR
Mentee Training
Mentee Training (Mentee Open Day) is an opportunity for mentees to learn about SAYes Mentoring. Training covers transition objectives, transition domains, mentorship, matching preparation and SAYes policies and procedures. Training takes place at your site or at a location agreed with SAYes. Attendance at the Mentee training is COMPULSORY for young people who are NEW to the SAYes programme. Please book a single slot for every 20 mentees from your site.
2 hours
0 ZAR
Mentee Booster Training
Mentees who have participated in SAYes programmes before (i.e., were matched) and who are interested in signing up for SAYes programmes again, must attend BOOSTER TRAINING (1 hour). 
1 hour
0 ZAR
Mentor Booster Training
From year to year mentors transition in their understanding and application of mentorship. Mentor booster training is an opportunity for returning mentors to share these insights, brush up on key concepts - like guidance, advocacy and support, and course correct for the year ahead. Booster training is 2 1/2 hours, and is in facilitated in groups of 20. 
2 hours 30 minutes
0 ZAR
Partner Feedback & 2019 MOU
An opportunity for SAYes to meet with your team to understand how we can continue to do good better in 2019.
1 hour