Message from The CEO
This year, 2020, the Chrysalis Academy celebrates twenty (20) years since its formation in June 2000. The annual celebration kicked off on Wednesday, 8 January 2020 with the unveiling of its logo and slogan to set the tone for the year. The celebratory activities will include celebrating the achievements of individual graduates, a symposium, youth month activities, a luncheon with former staff, Trustees and graduates of the year 2000 in June and a cross country race in October 2020.
The Chrysalis Academy wishes to involve as many of its graduates, stakeholders, partners in all of these activities to celebrate excellence 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.
In this regard, we wish to deepen our work so that staff and students can truly embody all our values. Particularly important is our value of Inclusivity. 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 2020, we hope to create more Youth Hubs in communities to support our graduates and play an active role in the Western Cape Safety plan, by expanding the holistic approach to younger youth. We will also be working with the Department of Economic Development and Tourism to explore a range of work opportunities for graduates.
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 Old Mutual Foundation in pursuance of positive youth development.
May all our youth have the opportunity to have shiny eyes!