Chrysalis Academy Profile
The Chrysalis Academy is a youth leadership development organisation as well as a social crime prevention initiative, empowering young people to take responsibility for their personal growth. To achieve its vision & mission, the Academy provides them with the necessary life skills and tools to become self-confident, economically productive and positive role models within their communities.
We are a preventative initiative as opposed to a rehabilitation program. What are we offering? A 5-year youth development programme which starts with an intensive 3-months of empowerment training that takes place on our beautiful campus set in the peaceful surrounding of the Tokai forest.
Our students undergo four different stages of Training:
Orientation Phase, Outdoor Phase, Skills Phase and the Community Phase. During each phase, the students are exposed to extensive physical activities, different learning areas and voluntary work to achieve their development into positive role models. They acquire social values, environmental awareness, life & leadership skills as well as career skills. Throughout our programme, the students have access to individual counseling and life coaching based on individual assessments.
Furthermore, parent workshops and family sessions are offered to promote positive parenting and caring families in the communities. After graduation, our students are encouraged to give back to their communities as positive role models by volunteering at Community based and Non Profit Organisations. Our graduates will be continuously tracked and further supported for 5 years to ensure that sustainable personal growth is achieved.
Our 3-month Development Programme
I. Orientation Phase
As a foundation for our programme, a daily routine is established where discipline, neatness and personal hygiene are emphasised. The following life skills are offered: Personal development, Substance abuse, Goal setting, Conflict management, Interpersonal relations, Basic health & nutrition, HIV/Aids, Sexuality, First aid (level 1), Fire fighting (level 1) and Environmental awareness.
II. Outdoor Phase
Our students head to the great outdoors to test their personal limits, discover strengths and weaknesses,
develop teamwork skills and experience the power of nature. Hiking, abseiling, kayaking and rock climbing are just some of the challenges.
After this phase, the students will be allowed visitors for the first time since leaving home. III. Skills Phase According to the needs in the job market, the students will be exposed and introduced to different technical skills, as part of a career orientation to assist them with future job decisions. Hairdressing & grooming, welding, carpentry, cookery, basic computer and office administration, home care, First Aid (Level 1), Child & Youth Care development are some of the skills offered.
IV. Community Phase
Our students are prepared for their life back in the ‘real’ world by focusing on life orientation skills and career guidance. Students are encouraged to ‘give back to society’ by connecting with schools and community organizations and doing positive community work like sports coaching in schools, helping at Old Age Homes or marshalling at events.
Life Coaching & Family Integration
Our professional Life Coach conducts individual assessments during the Orientation Phase to gather information about the students’ backgrounds and their social needs The Parents’ workshops are an integral part of this programme and 3 workshops are presented during the 3-months training. The aim is to encourage positive parenting styles and restoring caring, loving relationships within the home.Letters from Parents and Students Chrysalis had a positive impact on my son. He acted so mature and confident when I saw him for the first me. He looked healthy. I have started to be more patient, loving and considerate. I will not push him in a direction I want him to go in, but allow him to set goals and achievements for himself”.
“ I wanted to change my life, my situation and I wanted to be er my future. I have achieved a lot, I have found who I really am and what I want for my future. I have also achieved a lot of skills, like conflict management, personal growth and leadership abilities”
– Nico Koordom 11 Alpha
Health Care at Chrysalis Academy is rendered by a chief professional nurse.
To the World Health Organisation health is defined as a state of complete physical, psychological and social wellbeing and not just the absence of a disease. At Chrysalis, we embrace this view by treating our students holistically as a multi disciplinary team.
Health and wellness is a critical aspect of the 3 – month programme, therefore students also receive education in leading healthy lifestyles which should motivate young people who want to contribute to society by positively changing their lifestyles and;
o Are between 18 and 25 years old
o Have passed Grade 9 (Standard 7)
o Are presently unemployed
o Not attending school
o Have no criminal record
o Be a Resident of the Western Cape
How to Apply:
Bring two I.D pictures and your banking details Please upload your I.D and proof of address and your latest school report on the form below.
Should you fit our criteria, you will be contacted to arrange an interview. You will then also undergo a medical and physical assessment for the final selection.
Random drug testing will also be done.
Our youth development program is FREE to all applicants from all areas of the Western Cape!
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