Meet the Team

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Naomi Engelbrecht South Africa Team Leader

Naomi has a range of experience in youth work, previously a youth and children’s worker in the Midlands and has delivered group workshops, assemblies and lessons in both primary and high schools since 2011. Naomi has completed training in youth work and internships with Message Academy and Respect ME, her Esteem training with ACET UK and now Team leads Respect ME South Africa. 
 
“I believe that young people have the power to change and shape the future they want, I am part of the Respect ME team because I believe that the ability to make informed, healthy and  positive choices contributes to the way our young people create that future. I passionately believe that there is potential, purpose and life to the full for each and every single one of us.”
 
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Taryn Torien Team Member

Taryn having previously worked with ‘Youth With A Mission’ has been involved in youth work since she was 15 years old. She loves working in schools and has a great passion for young people. Taryn has completed her Esteem training with Acet UK and she is now part of the Respect Me team in South Africa. Taryn is also a part of KineticIV, a performance collective that uses music as a platform to share stories of hope.
 
“I love what I do because I get to meet different young people and tell them that they MATTER! I get to hear kids stories and counteract every lie that was ever said over them, by reminding them of who God says they are their purpose and their potential.”
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Gilead Engelbrecht Guest Tutor

Gilead has been involved in youth and schools work for over 8 years. In 2015 he had the opportunity to train in the UK with The Message Academy, Manchester. He returned to Cape Town as band member and dancer in KineticIV. KineticIV is a band that uses music as a platform to share messages of hope. Gilead also oversees our creative arts programme Genetik Sessions teaching the arts in communities across Cape Town. 
 
“I love what I do because….” 
 
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 Michaela Tait Guest Tutor

Michaela joined the team as a guest tutor in 2019 after completing a training year in youth work with The Message Trust in Cape Town. She  completed an internship with Grace Chapel in 2018. Now one of The Higher tour South Africa team members, she is involved in schools work, events planning and administration at The Message Trust. Michaela is a gifted communicator and dynamic public speaker. 
 
“I love what I do because I am passionate about seeing the youth of today grow in all areas of their life. I believe in equipping and encouraging the next generation to make positive choices for their future. I believe that any young person can make a difference by choosing to step out and live their life to the fullest.” 
 
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Carlyle Adriaans Guest Tutor

Carlyle became involved with Respect ME recently when he joined The Message trusts band KineticIV. Also the youth worker at his local church he is a seasoned communicator and a dynamic schools worker. Carlyle trained with our Message Academy program and graduated in August 2020, he also releases music under the name ‘O.M.E.’ 
 
“I love what I do because….” 
 
 
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Christina Tucker Guest Tutor

Christina Tucker, originally from the UK has over 15 years experience as a schools worker, formally a part of a band called Twelve24. She became involved with Respect ME as a guest tutor in 2016. Christina is also an artist ‘ChrissyT’and a dynamic communicator.
 

“I love what I do because I believe every young person no matter what stage of life they are at or have experienced need people around them to motive and encourage. I believe that every young person is loved and has purpose. 

It is not easy for young people when they are surrounded by so many negative things that take their attention away from the gifts and potential they have in them. I feel my Job is to empower the younger generations to reach for great things and do great things that would shape their communities and country in a positive way.” 

 
 
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Thulisa Patu Guest Tutor

Thuli is part of our community transformation hub in Nyanga, passionate about young girls in her community and a deep love for the people she works with. Thuli trained with Respect ME in 2019 through our Message Academy program and is one of our guest tutors. Thuli is currently finished her degree in tourism. 

 
“I love what I do because..” 
 
 
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Clinton Luikes Guest Tutor

Clint is part of our community transformation hub in Parkwood. After years of a life of gangsterism and crime he became a christian and turned his life completely around. Having interned with The Message in 2018 being trained in schools work he then joined our Message Academy program in 2019. Clint is a powerful communicator with an incredible story of hope to share. 
 
“I love what I do because….” 
 
 

Respect ME is a growing national and international team, with locations across South Africa and the UK.

The team is supported by trained and excellent guest tutors when needed.

Cape Town, SA : Naomi Engelbrecht, Taryn Torien

Manchester, UK : Emma Owen, Lauren Jubb, Adam Styles and Rachel Silvester

Cardiff, UK : Shunita Barry

Lincoln, UK : Lydia Daubney

Teeside, UK : Joe Winterchladen

To book our UK based teams go to respectme.co.uk 

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Naomi Engelbrecht South Africa Team Leader

Naomi has a range of experience in youth work, previously a youth and children’s worker in the Midlands and has delivered group workshops, assemblies and lessons in both primary and high schools since 2011. Naomi has completed training in youth work and internships with Message Academy and Respect ME, her Esteem training with ACET UK and now Team leads Respect ME South Africa. 
 
“I believe that young people have the power to change and shape the future they want, I am part of the Respect ME team because I believe that the ability to make informed, healthy and  positive choices contributes to the way our young people create that future. I passionately believe that there is potential, purpose and life to the full for each and every single one of us.”
 
Screenshot 2020-12-11 at 13.53.19

Taryn Torien Team Member

Taryn having previously worked with ‘Youth With A Mission’ has been involved in youth work since she was 15 years old. She loves working in schools and has a great passion for young people. Taryn has completed her Esteem training with Acet UK and she is now part of the Respect Me team in South Africa. Taryn is also a part of KineticIV, a performance collective that uses music as a platform to share stories of hope.
 
“I love what I do because I get to meet different young people and tell them that they MATTER! I get to hear kids stories and counteract every lie that was ever said over them, by reminding them of who God says they are their purpose and their potential.”
 
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Gilead Engelbrecht Guest Tutor

Gilead has been involved in youth and schools work for over 8 years. In 2015 he had the opportunity to train in the UK with The Message Academy, Manchester. He returned to Cape Town as band member and dancer in KineticIV. KineticIV is a band that uses music as a platform to share messages of hope. Gilead also oversees our creative arts programme Genetik Sessions teaching the arts in communities across Cape Town. 
 
“I love what I do because….” 
 
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 Michaela Tait Guest Tutor

Michaela joined the team as a guest tutor in 2019 after completing a training year in youth work with The Message Trust in Cape Town. She  completed an internship with Grace Chapel in 2018. Now one of The Higher tour South Africa team members, she is involved in schools work, events planning and administration at The Message Trust. Michaela is a gifted communicator and dynamic public speaker. 
 
“I love what I do because I am passionate about seeing the youth of today grow in all areas of their life. I believe in equipping and encouraging the next generation to make positive choices for their future. I believe that any young person can make a difference by choosing to step out and live their life to the fullest.” 
 
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Christina Tucker Guest Tutor

Christina Tucker, originally from the UK has over 15 years experience as a schools worker, formally a part of a band called Twelve24. She became involved with Respect ME as a guest tutor in 2016. Christina is also an artist ‘ChrissyT’ and a dynamic communicator.
 

“I love what I do because I believe every young person no matter what stage of life they are at or have experienced need people around them to motive and encourage. I believe that every young person is loved and has purpose. 

It is not easy for young people when they are surrounded by so many negative things that take their attention away from the gifts and potential they have in them. I feel my Job is to empower the younger generations to reach for great things and do great things that would shape their communities and country in a positive way.” 

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Carlyle Adriaans Guest Tutor

Carlyle became involved with Respect ME recently when he joined The Message trusts band KineticIV. Also the youth worker at his local church he is a seasoned communicator and a dynamic schools worker. Carlyle trained with our Message Academy program and graduated in August 2020, he also releases music under the name ‘O.M.E.’ 
 
“I love what I do because….” 
 
 
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Thulisa Patu Guest Tutor

Thuli is part of our community transformation hub in Nyanga, passionate about young girls in her community and a deep love for the people she works with. Thuli trained with Respect ME in 2019 through our Message Academy program and is one of our guest tutors. Thuli is currently finished her degree in tourism. 

 
“I love what I do because..” 
 
 
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Clinton Luikes Guest Tutor

Clint is part of our community transformation hub in Parkwood. After years of a life of gangsterism and crime he became a christian and turned his life completely around. Having interned with The Message in 2018 being trained in schools work he then joined our Message Academy program in 2019. Clint is a powerful communicator with an incredible story of hope to share. 
 
“I love what I do because….” 
 
 

Respect ME is a growing national and international team, with locations across South Africa and the UK.

The team is supported by trained and excellent guest tutors when needed.

Cape Town, SA : Naomi Engelbrecht, Taryn Torien

Manchester, UK : Emma Owen, Lauren Jubb, Adam Styles and Rachel Silvester

Cardiff, UK : Shunita Barry

Lincoln, UK : Lydia Daubney

Teeside, UK : Joe Winterchladen

To book our UK based teams go to respectme.co.uk