Youth ready for next step after graduation

Chrysalis Academy graduate Abdus-Shakoor Jacobs encourages his fell graduates to become leaders who promote diversity.

Ninety-two young men are starting internships with the provincial Department of Community Safety this month
after completing 10 weeks of training
at the Chrysalis Academy. 

It’s the Tokai youth academy’s first
graduation since lockdown.
All the students received a certificate and a pack of seedlings to start
their own vegetable garden. 
The course, which is usually three months long, was shortened to 10
weeks because of the lockdown.
 
All students now qualify for a one-year paid internship with the Department of Community Safety. 
Community Safety MEC Albert Fritz
said: “I wish the graduates well as they
journey into the next stage of their
lives.” 
Chrysalis Academy has meanwhile
welcomed the next intake of 110
men. They will also graduate after 10
weeks.
The academy is a provincial government youth-development project open
to 18-to-25-year-olds with at least Grade
9 and no criminal record. 
The 10-week programme included
Covid-19 training, emotional intelligence and leadership workshops, outdoor as well as peace-officer training
run by the City’s Metropolitan Police
Academy. 
Visit their website for more information.