Message from the CEO

The Chrysalis Academy has just completed its strategic plans for 2015 – 2018. Our vision of becoming the leading Academy for youth development in the Republic of South Africa will continue to be vision that guides our work.

Our approach to human development is a holistic one whereby we believe that people are more than their physical bodies.  We must therefore work at the spiritual, emotional, mental, physical and energetic levels in order to access the power within and release that deep-seated inner potential.

Furthermore, our approach to youth development continues to include a regimented and structured approach based on discipline, order and predictability.  A regimented approach ensures that our students acquire discipline and understand the importance of structure and predictability in their working and academic lives.  A regimented approach builds good posture, self-esteemand confidence and enhances the functioning of the immune system.  However, this regimented approach is underpinned by compassion and a deep belief in the immense potential of the human spirit to flourish when provided with the right learning and teaching environment.

Our therapeutic approach will be taken to new heightsand we are placing a strong emphasis on an evidence-based approach to youth development. Our post graduate care will be expanded, affording many opportunities to our graduates.  However to encourage a spirit of volunteerism amongst our youth, we will prioritise those Chrysalis Academy graduates who are active in their communities for post graduate learning opportunities and internships.  This, to encourage graduates to remain active and productive citizens and contribute directly in shaping the new democratic and non-racial South Africa.

Over the next three years we will work at greening the Porter Estate in line with national and international environmental imperatives.  We also wish to set up a fully- fledged music centre to cater for our students and graduates with a passion for music.  Lastly, we hope that an outdoor hall that we wish to build will become a reality over the next two years to enable more young people to access our powerful transformative work

We will be actively seeking partners over the next three years who share our vision and belief that if we do not invest in our province’s youth, we will have no future at all.

To all our graduates and their families – we must remember that individual transformation is a lifelong journey of rediscovery which requires perseverance, patience and compassion and we must be sufficiently brave to embark on this journey and navigate the stormy waters that we will all encounter in our lives.

Our appreciation to all our partners for believing in our students and for walking the transformation journey for us.

Kind regards

Lucille Meyer (Ms)

Chief Executive Officer