Stepping Stones International (SSI) was proud to have renowned international musician and inspirational speaker, Yewande Austin engage with our youth. Yewande visited our site in Mochudi along with her “Soldiers of Change” which included young students from select Universities around The United States. The entourage arrived by bus with a passionate, music-filled message of hope.
Austin can boast a wonderful music background performing with world-renowned artists like The Black Eyed Peas, Enrique Iglesias and India Arie but her humanitarian work has emerged as a stand-out. Austin is an award-winning lecturer and social activist. Through her organizations,
The Change Rocks Foundation and The Global Institute for Diversity and Change, Austin has produced programs for over 250,000 vulnerable youth, student leaders and advocates in thirteen countries from Africa and Europe to the Americas since 2006.
Austin’s primary delivery method exploits her immense musical talent by using music to empower youth with critical life skills helping break the cycle of global poverty. This formed the basis of Austin’s visit as she shared her experiences and philosophy with SSI employees in a vibrant morning session transitioning into an afternoon session with our most influential stakeholders including, local police, health professionals, social workers and legal professionals. The sessions were also intended to help employees and Stake-holders alike assess the challenges they encounter in providing their services and brainstorming creative, fresh ways to overcome them.
The day culminated in an interactive session between Austin’s traveling students and SSI participants who demonstrated the good work being done at SSI through their level of participation, enthusiasm and knowledge.
We’d like to thank The U.S Embassy for facilitating Austin’s visit and we really appreciate the wonderful job that she did and are confident it has made a wonderful impression on our youth. We hope to continue our relationship with Austin and grow together as Organizations.