About

About Second Chance Trust

Adolescence is a vital period that determines how a person will view and interact with the world as an adult. It is a period of transition which includes significant changes to the body, and to the way a young person relates to the world. The onslaught of physical, sexual, cognitive, social, and emotional changes can create situations and challenges that young people are not yet ready to deal with.

For many, wanting to fit in and be accepted serves as motivation to succumb to peer pressure, take risks and engage in deviant behaviour. Compared to other age groups, adolescents are more likely to commit crimes, experiment with alcohol and other drugs, deliberately hurt themselves and have unprotected sex.

Suicide rates among teens aged 10 – 14 have nearly doubled in the last 15 years and psychologists believe that this is largely due to external environmental factors – loneliness, social isolation, bullying, abuse, trauma, loss, conflict- that is very much a part of life for youngsters.

A huge contributor to risky behaviour among children and youth in South Africa is the growing availability, use and abuse of drugs and alcohol. Shockingly, the average age of drug experimentation is 12 and drug use is rife in both primary and high schools.

Established in 2012, Second Chance Trust facilitates impactful and relevant programs that unpack prominent social issues and provide young people with the necessary skills to develop healthy decision making processes.

The Trust works with youth from all social backgrounds but has a primary interest in low income communities where children are particularly vulnerable due to early and ongoing exposure to extreme poverty, violence, crime and abuse.

Second Chance Trust is a registered public benefit organisation with Section 18A Tax Exemption Status and Level 1 B-BEE accreditation. All financial contributions are tax deductible and allow donors to add points to their BEE scorecard.

Our Team

Jarryd Smith
Jarryd Smith
Founder & Program Facilitator
Jarryd has been the driving force behind developing impactful and relevant programs that not only speak to substance abuse but also empower people who are victims of the resultant social problems such as rape, abuse and child neglect. In addition to being hands-on in the delivery of all programs, Jarryd is also actively involved in marketing and growing the Second Chance brand.
Cindy Buské
Cindy Buské
Operations Manager
Cindy has over 18 years’ experience in fundraising and business management. Since joining Second Chance in April 2018 she has put management systems in place to ensure efficacy, transparency and professionalism in all operational and programmatic areas.
Niki Nortier
Niki Nortier
Equine Therapist
Niki is a registered counsellor with an honors degree in Psychology – specializing in Equine Assisted Therapy. She is experienced in applying this therapy in the field of mental health and has been part of the Second Chance team since early 2018. Niki embraces every Equine session with equal measures of professionalism, passion and care.
Denzil Moses
Denzil Moses
Program Facilitator
Denzil has over a decade of experience educating youth and adults on the importance of life choices. Having spent six years of his life deeply entrenched in gangsterism and drugs, he uses personal life stories to portray the devastating consequences of poor decisions.
Blake Williams
Blake Williams
Program Facilitator
Blake is a respected hip-hop dancer who uses his talent to motivate young people to strive for their dreams. From humble beginnings, he won the Hip Hop World Champion in 2010 and 2011 – a title he achieved through sheer determination and hard work. He uses his personal experience and testimony to demonstrate that obstacles can be overcome with perseverance and sound life choices.
Chelsea Ramsay
Chelsea Ramsay
Program Facilitator
Chelsea is a vibrant and inspiring individual whose passion lies in uplifting youth. Her energy and flair for inspiring young people is a true asset to our youth empowerment programs.
Storm Cookson
Storm Cookson
Program Facilitator
Storm is a trauma support and bereavement counsellor, a social auxiliary worker and an aspiring change maker. She has vast experience in facilitating trauma support groups at high schools in high risk areas and is passionate about working directly with youth to encourage personal growth and resiliency.

The Board

Percy Mbele
Trustee
Percy has been a minister for over 33 years and is currently the Pastor of Ocean View Christian Church. In addition to his role as a trustee of Second Chance Trust, he is also the Chairperson of Kingdom Mission Africa and a trustee of Somandla Trust.
Gregory Daniels
Trustee
Greg is an environmental lawyer with vast experience in the legal field. Greg serves on numerous other boards including the Centre for Environmental Rights and Angels Resource Centres.
Tania Koeries
Treasurer
Tania is an entrepreneur and the owner of a bookkeeping company called TMK Solutions. As the Treasurer of the Trust, her wealth of experience in financial planning and oversight is invaluable.
Martyn Kilian
Chairperson
Martyn completed a honours degree in Theology in 2006 and spent the following 10 years pastoring a local church in the Simon’s Town area. Currently he writes, teaches and facilitates various training materials that serve to equip churches, organisations and businesses.