The Chrysalis Academy (CA), after 18 years of operating, stands on the threshold of ushering in a new three year strategic plan from 1 April 2018-2021. This plan follows an intensive process of workshops with Trustees, staff and interns from across the institution for close to a year. It is truly a plan conceptualised and owned by the CA family!
Over the last seven years, we have focussed not only on deepening the resilience of youth but of building a resilient organisation, adaptive to the needs of our students. It is now commonly accepted that we are one of the leading academies for youth development in the Republic of South Africa. To continue to inspire our students, staff and partners, we have adopted a new vision:
A RECOGNISED GLOBAL LEADER IN HOLISTIC YOUTH DEVELOPMENT!
OUR MISSION REMAINS THAT OF PROVIDING A PLATFORM FOR YOUTH TO DEEPEN THEIR RESILIENCE AND UNLEASH THEIR POTENTIAL THROUGH MENTAL, PHYSICAL, EMOTIONAL AND SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT, ENABLING THEM TO BE ROLE MODELS AND AGENTS OF POSITIVE CHANGE.
We have adopted two new values to guide our head, heart and hands. These are Inclusivity and Innovation and Creativity. We simply do not wish to provide our youth with isolated moments of inclusion, but to carve inclusiveness as a foundational principle of all aspects of our work. This will ensure that our graduates become agents of social change and so help others to “disrupt” patterns of exclusion whenever they find youth on the margins of society.
We have exciting plans to implement over the next three years, including becoming an accredited institution to provide a National Certificate in Youth Development, and having a fully-fledged Dance School in partnership with Jazzart. We also intend launching an innovative mentorship programme during 2018 so that older graduates can continue to support new and younger graduates in their quest to sustain their personal transformation. Watch this space for the launch of our knowledge hub through which our graduates and youth development practitioners can access youth development resources to enhance the theory and practice of youth development.
Our approach remains that of a holistic approach which focusses on all dimensions of a human being; the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual so that all youth can discover the voice of their own souls. We remain grateful for the support from our Trustees, funders, parents, students, partners and staff. Deep appreciation to the Provincial Government of the Western Cape, and in particular the Departments of Community Safety and Social Development, without whose support, our programme would not be possible.
May we continue to allow our youth to flourish!