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Chrysalis Academy (CA) is an initiative of the Western Cape Provincial Government, set up in the year 2000. It is a youth development academy regarded as a flagship project in innovative youth development.  It runs a three month residential programme for youth aged 18 – 25 from across the Western Cape from far afield as Beaufort West and Mossel Bay.  The envisaged outcomes of the three month programme include personal mastery, greater resilience, an enhanced skills set and access to a range of further learning opportunities including a 12 month work placement to acquire work experience.  The three month programmes includes life skills, time spent in the outdoors, vocational and work readiness training plus therapeutic care aimed at supporting youth at a psychosocial level.

The CA has been operational for the last nineteen (19) years.  In 2012, it trained eleven (11) young men from Kwa Zulu Natal (KZN) to become Young Instructors.  The KZN province now has two academies based on the Chrysalis Academy’s structured and regimented approach.

Three courses are run per year, two for males and one for females.  The application form can be found on the website.

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