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Founder and benefactor:

Helena Fagan 

Fulltime and part-time staff :

Peter Michaels

Mixed Marshal Arts, Photography and Videography

Chad van Rooyen

Hip-Hop Coaching and Audio Studiomaster

Ricardo Demingo

Keaboard, Band and Production

Ricardo Koopman

All Styles Dance Teacher 

Jeff Jonkers

Bboy and Breakdancing Teacher

Vandre Davids

Marimba Coach and General Assistant

Kyle October

DJ and Audio assistant

Gaynor Solomon

Cooking and Baking Course

Jill Solomon

Office assistant


James Madikisa

Chairman of advisory board

Evan Brown (USA) and Meet & Teach

Videography Holiday Programmes


Of course our many volunteers and NGO's with whom we collaborate.

Our staff is made up of a very committed group of multi-talented volunteers - all with the same passion - to make a real difference in the lives of underprivileged youth in Hout Bay.

We are supporting and developing local talent and can proudly say that many of our staff hail from the local community.

We are privileged however also to be joined and inspired by some of the best talent in the Cape who support our work. 

Helena Fagan (Bmus, PDM, UPLM and UNISA Teachers Diploma)  has been involved in the Music and Arts for 45 years both as performer and lecturer. With a PDM diploma and B Mus degree as well as Teacher’s and Performer’s licentiates from UNISA, she has played with and performed as soloist with various classical orchestras and later freelanced as jazz and rock saxophonist. After 18 years lectureship at the Namibian College for the Arts where she was head of department and involved in many cultural activities  & outreach projects, she returned to Hout Bay and, together with her husband Willi Jonker, bought the old badly dilapidated fish factory and repurposed it into the Harvest Centre complex it is today.  From there, we saw a need to do something to support and bring more opportunities to the youth of Hout Bay, and the Harvest Youth Project was started.

Peter Michaels or “SPIKE P” is the very definition of someone able to achieve anything through hard work and determination, with titles such as three time South African Kung Fu Champion and ranked sixth in the World Wushu Tournament 2016. Not forgetting where he came from, Peter is passionate about serving his fellow “Hangbergers” and hosts his  Mixed Martial Arts classes as a tool to teach self-defence and personal self esteem and discipline.

Chad van Rooyen Is a multitalented performer, producer and choreographer who also lives in the Hangberg community.

He teaches Hip-Hop and is the Studiomaster for our mini Recording Studio.

Chad writes and performs his own songs and assists other aspiring youngsters to develop their creativity and produce their own songs.

Gaynor Solomon Lives in Hangberg and is very passionate about children. She was mentored at the Chrysalis Academy as a youth leader and uses Precision Drilling as a means to teach discipline and encourage positive outlook and attitude.

Apart from her training classes, she has many ambitious ideas to enrich these children's lives, including camps, hikes, motivational talks, career awareness and lots of outdoor activities and outings.

Gaynor is very involved in her community where she takes children into her own personal care, especially those at risk who come to her for help.

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All content and photographs Copyright Harvest Youth Project 2017 - Design Helena Fagan. Photographs Helena Fagan and Peter Michaels

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