Teen Summit adventure

TEEN SUMMIT ACHIEVER: Jyotika Ramthol, a grade 11 learner at Abbotts College Johannesburg South and a member of The Clubhouse in Bellavista.

JYOTIKA Ramthol, a grade 11 learner at Abbotts College Johannesburg South and a member of The Clubhouse in Bellavista, attended the Teen Summit in Boston, Massachusetts, USA from July 25 to 31.

One of three hardworking teens chosen for their strong leadership and contributions to The Clubhouse, Jyotika said she was absolutely thrilled to be an ambassador.

“I learnt about The Clubhouse from a friend and I go two or three times a week depending on my workload. It’s an international network and children from primary school up to the age of 18 can come here. Many of them are underprivileged and coming here gives them hope. The Clubhouse coordinator, Salome Kanyane, told us to be chosen to attend the summit requires hard work and going the extra mile. She selected three of us and began to prep us earlier this year. The three of us completed a project which we took with us to share with other teens who’d been invited to the Teen Summit.

“I made quite a few friends from other countries and we shared our knowledge with each other. We stayed in lodgings in Boston University and each day met for breakfast before attending various activities in different locations throughout the university. It’s spread over the whole city, so there was plenty of walking involved,” Jyotika added.

When asked what her favourite parts of the trip were, Jyotika said, “Definitely visiting the Museum of Science, Google MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and the harbour cruise, which was awesome.

“Boston is lively and full of friendly people. It’s clean and the buildings towering above us just looked amazing. It’s been a once-in-a-lifetime experience and coming home and back to The Clubhouse, sharing with other young learners what we have achieved has been great,” she said. While she was there she was able to fill in forms, should she be privileged enough, to be chosen for a scholarship at Harvard, Boston University or Oxford. “Wouldn’t this be fabulous?” she said.

Jyotika is studying life science, physical science, accounting as well as maths, English and Afrikaans. “I’ll carry on working hard and see where my matric marks take me. You never know what’s around the corner.”

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Julie Maule
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