AdobeStock 297323533 HOW MUCH IS YOUR HUG WORTH? Share some of the value of your hug with us today to help us hug our broken hearted children tomorrow. FIND OUT MORE WE EMPOWER VULNERABLE YOUTH TO S.H.I.N.E.® Abandonment, abuse, violence, rape…these are just some of the reasons that the lights go out in our children. And rather than having our children turn to rage, addiction, alienation and suicide to cope with overwhelming challenges, we offer a different path. At Girls and Boys Town (GBT) we focus on the importance of Significance, Home, Independence, Nurture, and Education to empower the young entrusted to us and help them Shine™ again. PROVEN AND SUCCESSFUL PROGRAMMES Girls and Boys Town (GBT) is a national non-profit organisation that runs proven and successful programmes to therapeutically build and strengthen vulnerable youth placed with us through the Children’s Courts (non criminal), and their families, schools and communities. RESTORING
Our function is to help children, families and schools to overcome and Shine™ by providing healing care in our national therapeutic residential homes, to rebuild and stabilise struggling families in communities and to empower educators in community schools to manage challenging learners .

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  • Mark Chaskelson
    "I think what GBT does for the South African youth is incredible and selfless."
    Mark Chaskelson
    Creative Monarchy
  • Peter Schmitt
    "GBT’s profound conviction drives them to deliver the sensational results they have: where vulnerable youth become active and inspirational participants in South African society. They’re able to teach us a thing or two about getting over ourselves."
  • Alan
    "The support, which we have afforded to GBT is sincerely aimed at helping to close the gap between our family and GBT’s, even if it is to the tiniest extent. With it, goes a kind of remote love, which is difficult to understand. Please keep up the excellent work that you do – it is so pleasing to read how much it is appreciated, not only as recorded by your 2015 Mayor, but also by many of us on the 'outside'."
  • Michelle
    "We ourselves have teenage children, so we know first-hand how difficult this stage of their lives is. They are fortunate to have family support and encouragement, so we understand the importance of organizations such as yourselves to fill the gap that their family members are not able to provide."
  • Rochelle
    "Thank you for everything you do in the community for the children"
  • Marilyn
    "We have been supporting this charity since my children were small and the youngest is now 34.  It gives me much pleasure to support from another of our companies."
  • Carolyn
    "We have got to know a young man in Knysna who passed through your ‘town’ and he is today a wonderfully successful man thanks to your guidance."

GBT Statistics

These are just some of the things we’ve done to help our children overcome obstacles and S.H.I.N.E.®. We look forward to doing more in the future.

Youth assisted annually
Education development of
learners nationally
Training/consulting to
partner schools and institutions
parents trained
Black beneficiary base of

Care in residence

National therapeutic residential programmes provide care to 300 vulnerable girls and boys placed by the Children’s Courts.

Care in family

National Family Services teams provide skill strengthening, counselling and support for families, in all communities, at their homes and via the national Hotline.

Care in education

National specialist remedial and home schooling resources and programmes are provided to our special needs youth through our Learning Support Centres.

Community training in care

National training services are provided to all families, educators and other child-care professionals.

Knowledge in care

Our joint research study contributes to the profession’s body of knowledge and promotes best practices regarding youth in transition and their outcomes.


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Latest news

Youth Today Newsletter- November 2020

Youth Today Newsletter - November 2020

GBTSA integrated biennial report 2018-2020 is here!

Our integrated biennial reports capture and help us share our work with donors, volunteers and partners, and once again, it is our pleasure to present you […]

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