The power of social capital is apparent when connecting civil society for the greater good. Those who connect their social capital across an array of social circles have a special gift for bringing the world together (The Tipping Point, Gladwell, M., 2000). Using this ability to mobilize resources and training, Outliers invites others to invest their social capital in the form of time, money, expertise and stuff to build capacity in low-resourced after-school programs (read more).

Power of social capital

We use various platforms to advocate for investment of social capital to build capacity in after-school programs.

Having a social media presence helps to highlight what we do and share the work of others. Our social media policy directs what we use each platform for and guides who can post and want those posts should be. Facebook keeps our followers up-to-date with our activities and campaigns. It allows for real-time engagements, shares and likes. Our YouTube channel is home to our new vlogs, giving a peak into how we do site visits and training. All our creativity comes out in Instagram as we snapshot our way through events that promote safe spaces. And if you can’t make an event, Twitter is the place to be thanks to our dedicated live-tweeters capturing each moment.

By hosting and participating in advocacy events, we are able to showcase the varied responses to the under-education of disadvantaged learners and invite civic engagement. Our annual advocacy event, hosted at UCT, provides a platform for different speakers to discuss the change they are working towards in Cape Town. We’ve participated in conferences such as the Restitution Conference, The Justice Conference SA and Taize South Africa.