JOY for Children, youth & Young adults (aka – UP4JOY)

UP4JOY is the name for our many tailored branches to supporting young people.  Each of these are co-created withour beneficiaries, ensuring our joy sessions are for all young people. This includes specific sessions for ECD, Youth and Young Adults. As an overview – here’s how our UP4JOY – joy works:


The UP has been running Outreach Joy sessions at ECD centers since 2020, offering young children the opportunity to release energy, play, resolve emotions, and learn coping skills. We have collaborated with MasiCorp in Cape Town, running rewarding sessions that both children and teachers loved. Through these sessions, we create a joyful and supportive environment for the development of young minds.

Joy for Youth & Young Adults

UP conducts numerous outreach joy sessions at youth centers, schools, and children’s homes. We tailor each session to the specific group and provide JOY tools to help participants manage difficult emotions, develop empathy and cultivate joy in their own lives. Through these interventions, we empower young individuals to to face up to their limitations and live their best lives. Now we also have UP4JOY – the all win together – transformation game, see below for more.

UP4JOY – the game & TV SHOW

NOW also a Transformation Game, this 8 week experience has already effected so many lives. We have also tailored this power game into a new television programme “UP4JOY – all Win together” – developed over the past few years and piloted in The Overberg region of south Africa.

UP4JOY was co-created by young people, for young people – to inspire each other to take care of themselves, each other and their communities

see TV show – treatment CLICK here.

In 2022 this extraordinary 8 week transformation change game supported 9 young people to take on living their best lives, and 6 of the 9 graduates have been trained UP as joy facilitators to lead the game going forward, part of our SCALE UP.

Tailored Sessions

We tailor JOY sessions in person and online for children from previously disadvantaged communities.

Our Joy Sessions are:

  • About 45 minutes long
  • Guided by our professionally trained Joy Catalysts (facilitators of joy)
  • Tailored to the predominant age and culture
  • Designed to leave the children and/ or youth emotionally uplifted, enthused and inspired!

Why we do this

Emotional and Mental Wellness is paramount to all humankind’s ability to be active citizens and their own abilities to be resourceful, creative and even innovative. It is our passion with The UP, to ensure all children receive access to these inspired joy sessions.

Our beneficiaries

Our sessions are brought to Children’s Homes, Schools, Special Needs / Differently Abled homes and even partnered NPO’s community organisations.

If you’re part of a previously disadvantaged school and you would like your school to experience a session like this, please submit your request below. (For affluent schools, please go to

School Joy Training

Powerful 1-3 hour JOY Training sessions for children aged 12 and UP – these sessions equip the youth to become the source of JOY. Plus sessions for teachers too. Living joyfully, in an UPlifted state of of being – is a skill we have been passionately teaching since 2005.

Our sessions are tailor-made for all ages and support the learners / teachers to choose to be mindful, compassionate, empathic and as we put it; “practice being both human and KIND, no matter what the world gives us.”

For more information on how the children in your school can learn these joy tools – please contact us.

Submit the form below to request a session

Joy for our Caregivers

Caregivers are consistently giving and supporting those who need it most. We take care of these remarkable humans – providing wellness to ensure they are topped UP with JOY!

UPlift our Caregivers

Joy for Women

We have developed joy tools specifically to support women affected by GBV and other trauma – to transform the victim story – into the “Victor” story.

Uplift our women

Joy Training

Across South Africa we have hundreds of volunteers of all ages trained up to share joy with those in need. Join our family of Joy Catalysts and Facilitators – let’s expand joy together!

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