Message from The CEO
As the new financial year kicks off, the CA stands poised to take its work onto a higher level guided by its new vision of being 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.
During 2019, in partnership with Jazzart, the Chrysalis Academy is running a Dance Leadership Leadership programme for the second year running. This is a wonderful opportunity for unemployed youth to learn different genres of dance and to acquire leadership skills and experience.
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.
During 2018, the Chrysalis Academy was accredited to deliver the National Certificate in Youth Development and we look forward to offering this qualification not only to our Youth Instructors but to a range of organisations with a focus on 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. We are excited to continue our relationship with Distell and to welcome Old Mutual Foundation as one of our new partners.
May we continue to allow our youth to flourish!