Chrysalis Academy holistic leadership development programme 2024


The Department of Community Safety through its partnership with the Chrysalis Academy offers a 3-month holistic leadership development programme for young people from disadvantaged communities throughout the Western Cape .Apply now before the closing date.



A 3-month residential programme on our beautiful campus set in the peaceful surrounding of the Tokai forest, followed by a 1 year paid internship and aftercare support for 5 years.


1. 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 Mastery
  • Leadership
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Goal setting
  • Conflict management
  • Diversity
  • Basic health and nutrition
  • HIV/Aids awareness
  • Gender awareness
  • First aid (level 1)
  • Environmental awareness
  • Camp Craft

2. Outdoor Phase

Students head to the great outdoors to test their personal limits, discover their strengths and weaknesses, develop teamwork skills and experience the power of nature by hiking across the Cape Peninsula. Students also experience the powerful Circle of Life process and a 24-hour solo in nature. Almost all students speak of the transformative power of the solo experience.

After this phase, the students will be allowed visitors for the first time since leaving home. The family visitation is a celebration of the student’s achievements.

3. Skills Phase

According to the needs in the job market, the students will be exposed to different technical skills and career guidance. Some of the skills offered are:

  • Hairdressing and grooming
  • Welding
  • Basic cookery
  • Office Administration and Digital literacy
  • Child and Youth Care
  • Youth Development
  • Peace Officer Training
  • Electrical Circuitry
  • Sports Coaching

4. Community Phase

Students are prepared for their life back in the ‘real’ world by focusing on work readiness and how to sustain the change when they’re back home. Students are encouraged to ‘give back to society’ by connecting with schools and community organisations and doing positive community work like sports coaching in schools, helping at Old Age Homes or marshalling at events.

In order for the Chrysalis Academy to work with the entire ecosystem, parents and guardians are invited to 3 parent workshops aimed at raising awareness of effective parenting strategies and understanding the young adult brain. Two family visits are organised per 3-month course.

Who can apply?

Young motivated people who want to deepen their resilience, cultivate positive lifestyles and contribute to society.  They should be:

  • 18 to 25 years old.
  • Have passed Grade 9 (Standard 7).
  • Not in employment, education or training.
  • Have no criminal record.
  • Be a resident of the Western Cape.


How to Apply:

Interested young people can apply online by downloading the application form or by contacting the Academy for the application.

All applicants who meet the criteria will be invited for an interview at the Academy. A physical assessment will also be conducted before they can be considered for selection for the 3-month training. All applicants would have to be vetted before acceptance onto the programme.

The application form specifies which documents must accompany each application.

Successful candidates are required to pay a non-refundable fee of R450 on the day of intake.

Take the First Step! Apply TODAY!

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