Life Skills Training for Young People


The Department of Community Safety offers social crime prevention and life skills training for young people from disadvantaged communities in the Western Cape.

Who are we?

The Chrysalis Academy is youth leadership development organisation as well as a social crime prevention initiative, empowering young people to take responsibility for their personal growth. The Academy provides them with the necessary life skills and tools to become self-confident, economically productive and positive role models within their communities. Participation is entirely voluntary and free(except for a non-refundable fee) on the day of intake to all young residents of the Western Cape Province as the programme is sponsored by the Western Cape Provincial Government.

What are we offering?

A 5-year youth development programme which starts with an intensive 3-months of empowerment training that takes place on our beautiful campus set in the peaceful surrounding of the Tokai forest.

Students undergo four different stages:

Orientation Phase, Outdoor Phase, Skills Phase and the Community Phase. During each phase, the students are exposed to extensive physical activities, different learning areas and voluntary work to achieve their development into positive role models. They acquire social values, environmental awareness, life & leadership skills as well as career skills. Throughout our programme, the students have access to individual counseling and life coaching based on individual assessments.

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 development, Substance abuse, Goal setting, Conflict management, Interpersonal relations, Basic health & nutrition, HIV/Aids, Sexuality, First aid (level 1), Fire fighting (level 1) and Environmental awareness.

2. Outdoor Phase

Students head to the great outdoors to test their personal limits, discover strengths and weaknesses, develop teamwork skills and experience the power of nature. Hiking, abseiling, kayaking and rock climbing are just some of the challenges.

After this phase, the students will be allowed visitors for the first time since leaving home.

3. Skills Phase

According to the needs in the job market, the students will be exposed and introduced to different technical skills, as part of a career orientation to assist them with future job decisions. Hairdressing & grooming, welding, carpentry, cookery, basic computer and office administration, home care, First Aid (Level 1), Child & Youth Care development are some of the skills offered.

4. Community Phase

Students are prepared for their life back in the ‘real’ world by focusing on life orientation skills and career guidance. 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.

Participation is entirely voluntary and free (except for a non-refundable fee) on the day of intake.

Who can apply?

Young motivated people who want to contribute to society by positively changing their lifestyle and:

  • Are between 18 and 25 years old
  • Have passed Grade 9 (Standard 7)
  • Are presently unemployed
  • Not attending school
  • 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. The completed and signed application form can be emailed or faxed to us, whereupon the candidate will be entered onto a database.

Local candidates will be invited for an interview at the Academy where a medical/physical assessment will be conducted before they are selected for the 3-month training.

If there are more than ten candidates from rural areas, interviews and assessments may be conducted in those areas, in partnership with the local community structures.

Courses are run strictly on a first come, first serve basis. It is imperative, therefore, for application forms to be completed and faxed or emailed to us so that candidates’ names can be entered onto our database.

Bring two I.D pictures and your banking details. Please upload your I.D and proof of address and your latest school report on the form below.

Should you fit our criteria, you will be contacted to arrange an interview. You will then also undergo a medical and physical assessment for the final selection.

Non-refundable Fee – Successful candidates are required to pay a non-refundable fee of R350 (Three Hundred and Fifty Rand) on the day of intake.

Random drug testing may also be done Take the First Step! Apply TODAY!

Our youth development program is FREE to all applicants from all areas of the Western Cape!

To apply online, click on the below link:
Chrysalis online Application form


You can also visit or contact the Chrysalis Academy at:

Porter Reform Estate,Tokai Road, Cape Town,
Tel: 021 712 1023
Fax: 021 712 1075

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Provided by:
Government Body: (Western Cape Government)
The content on this page was last updated on 22 March 2016