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Blog: Why developing soft skills is so essential for the youth

El Segundo, Calif. (Feb 27, 2020). In a series of blogs, Hopeseed will be discussing the dearth of soft skills amongst today’s youth, as well as illustrating the importance of educating our children for the future.

The 21st century has brought about the increase of machines performing complex tasks, initially thought only able to be accomplished by humans. Importantly, what jobs will be available for our kids by the time they are ready to join the labor force? Numerous prominent individuals have warned that there will be mass unemployment moving forward. Elon Musk, a South African and co-founder of Tesla stated that robots will end up doing more and more jobs that were previously occupied by humans. It is not something that he wishes should happen, however, it is inevitable that this will take place.

Emotional Quotient (EQ) is becoming more and more important. It is believed that EQ has eclipsed IQ with regards to social functioning in the 21st century. Research indicates that people with better EQ have better health, are more attentive, work better in groups, exhibit higher levels of resilience and lastly, live longer.

It is vital that our children are encouraged to increase their EQ. As leaders within our communities, we can take the initial steps to making this a reality for our youth. Below are the five skills that enhance EQ:
• Self-awareness
• Self-regulation
• Motivation
• Empathy
• Social Skills

Being deeply involved in education daily, and core to the principles of the Hopeseed family, we believe that our children need to be educated to become thinkers, collaborators, communicators and producers. This will put them in great stead moving forward to capitalize on any opportunities that may arise in the future. It is incredibly pertinent to realize that opportunities in the future may become more and more limited. Lastly, it is our duty to teach our precious youth the value of social and character-based skills. By assisting them in mastering these skills, we are putting in plans and creating a vehicle for growth and learning

Written by Rodwell Chigome, Educational Consultant/ Academic Mentor

Press Release: Hopeseed Foundation looks to Global Digital Footprints for Next Steps

LOS ANGELES, Calif. (Jan. 20, 2020) – Global Digital Footprints (GDF) is excited to announce a new partnership with South African-based non-profit, Hopeseed Foundation. GDF will lead the digital marketing, public relations and fundraising strategies for Hopeseed Foundation in 2020.

The Hopeseed Foundation’s mission is to empower, uplift and upskill children with the tools they need to live meaningful, healthy and successful lives through programs like the Lily of the Valley Village. Founded in 2018, Lily of the Valley provides holistic care for youth in South Africa who have been marginalized through HIV and AIDS. Funds raised through Hopeseed Foundation provide medical treatment, housing, nutrition, leadership and skills development for up to 120 children living onsite.  Hopeseed Foundation will partner with GDF to promote this project throughout the USA using GDF’s marketing expertise in social media, SEO, SEM, website management and public relations.

Kate Rowe, Programs Director for Hopeseed Foundation, commented on the new partnership “Mark and his team bring with them the marketing expertise which is required for our non-profit business. We look forward to seeing our partnership grow and working together to continue supporting more children through our programs.”

Launched in 2018, GDF is a full-service digital marketing firm specializing in small businesses. Mark Punshon, Founder and CEO commented, “It’s an honor to be working with such a caring and motivated non-profit. Hopeseed Foundation has huge potential to change people’s lives and we look forward to working with Kate and her team to make a difference.”

For more information on Global Digital Footprints, please contact Mark Punshon at