The Youth Citizens Actions Programme (Y-CAP) national championships took place at Faircity Roodevallei Hotel in Pretoria East, where Solomon Mahlangu High School from KwaNobuhle came third out of nine provinces.Provincial rounds were held throughout the country, at 400 schools, comprising over 4 000 learners, which were registered to compete in the 2016 Y-CAP programme. Only 18 teams were selected as national finalists as their projects were the most impactful and sustainable, with Solomon Mahlangu representing the Eastern Cape.“I am thrilled that our Solomon Mahlangu 2016 Y-CAP team came in third in the national rounds. They represented Eastern Province Department of Education,” said Olwen Carson, social worker at Solomon Mahlangu.“They gave a very powerful presentation about Poverty in Education, which was well received. The team leader was the last participant to do a presentation. We could hear the anticipation of the audience, as Solomon Mahlangu produced last year’s national champions!” said Carson.The 2016 Solomon Mahlangu Y-CAP team won R5 000 to be spent on developing their project. “It will be used to purchase the necessary equipment for parents to use to develop a vegetable garden on the school site where they will be helped by our Agricultural Science classes and the teacher to grow vegetables to help them generate an income. “A very high percentage of our learners come from homes where no one is employed,” said Carson. At school they are donating jerseys to destitute learners and waiting for their next order of jerseys to be delivered. The Solomon Mahlangu Y-CAP team will soon be invited to present their project at a principals’ meeting, which will be attended by about 200 primary and high school principals. According to Carson, they have already presented their project to the MEC for Education, who led the audience in a standing ovation!The Solomon Mahlangu Y-CAP team consists of Spogter Lubabalo (team leader), Erasmus Sinokhanyo, Hlatshwayo Kamvalethu, Conini Aluncedo, Damoyi Siphosethu and Ntshiza Phelisa. Lerato–Uthando Comprehensive School from Harrismith won. They tackled the challenge of lack of access to sanitary pads, which was causing girls to drop out of school as they missed school each month and fell behind in their academic performance.