Kgomotso Mokoena

Co-Founder of the Spread Luv Movement, Kgomotso Mokoena, is the recipient of the 2014 Inyathelo Award for Youth in Philanthropy.

The Spread Luv Movement was started by a group of eight successful friends who wanted to use their experience and knowledge to inspire disadvantaged young people, and help put them on the path to success. Kgomotso Mokoena, an attorney specialising in labour and media law, placed her personal resources at the disposal of this project and together with her other professional colleagues and friends, has provided career guidance and advice to hundreds of high school learners at more than 45 under-resourced schools in and around Johannesburg over the past four years.

They have facilitated workshops for students in grades 8 to 12, sharing their own experiences as well as useful information and advice on where and what to study, and how to build a successful career.

Most of the women who joined the Spread Luv Movement are themselves Wits graduates and they felt the best way they could give back was to volunteer their time and collective expertise to help guide and inspire other young people. Besides the workshops, they stay in touch with learners via email and social networks so that they can provide on-going support and advice. The movement also helps learners apply for bursaries and many of the students they have mentored have gone on to excel in their tertiary studies.