Directors

 From left: Busisiwe, Jonas, King, Sibongiseni, Josias, Onica, Themba, Khanyisile, Patrick, Muhle, Vukile, Happiness.

From left: Busisiwe, Jonas, King, Sibongiseni, Josias, Onica, Themba, Khanyisile, Patrick, Muhle, Vukile, Happiness.

The ASSIST is run by a dedicated team of undergraduate students at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.

Program Manager

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Patrick Langát

In 2018, Patrick was hired as the first-ever ASSIST Program Manager. A strong believer that knowledge is power, he is passionate about education and the impact it has on individuals and society at large. Prior to joining the ASSIST, he was involved in various initiatives geared towards community upliftment and skills development. Having had firsthand experience working with youth from disadvantaged backgrounds, he is convinced the ASSIST model is ideal for not only empowering youth with vital knowledge but also providing them a stepping stone to join institutions of higher learning and ultimately pursue their desired careers. In his spare time he loves playing volleyball is and a keen supporter of soccer.

Founders

 From left: Patrick, Dennis, Ian, Harry Nakeng.

From left: Patrick, Dennis, Ian, Harry Nakeng.

Dennis Zheng

A native of Granite Bay, Calif., Dennis studied History of Art and Architecture with a focus on architecture at Harvard College, where he also completed his premedical requirements. In his free time, Dennis served as Sports chair for The Harvard Crimson and spent four years reporting on men's basketball. A summer spent working with the Special Olympics South Africa inspired Dennis to return to Johannesburg after graduation to help found the ASSIST. Having graduated from the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine, Dennis is now a first-year general surgery resident at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Patrick Li
Patrick studied Psychology at Harvard College, where he also directed PBHA's Chinatown Afterschool Program, which provided academic mentoring to underserved elementary school children in Boston's Chinatown community. He combined this experience mentoring children with his love for basketball through the ASSIST. In his free time, he enjoys playing basketball, boxing, and of course, watching his beloved Boston Celtics. Patrick is now a final-year medical student at the University of Michigan.

Ian Choe
Ian spent his undergraduate years at Harvard College as a student of Psychology. During his time there, he cultivated a wide range of interests, taking a year off to work at Samsung in Seoul, Korea and then at JYP Entertainment in New York, USA. He has loved basketball since he was two years old and has loved learning and education all his life. Ian has experience teaching/mentoring secondary school students in a classroom and has dunked a basketball on a regulation rim.