The main aim of the programme is to help learners make better lifestyle choices and break free from self-defeating thought patterns.
Facilitation happens at a 3-hour weekly meeting, with the main group often splitting up into smaller groups for in-depth discussions.
Example topics that are covered:
- Intra- and interpersonal skills: self esteem, self image, communication, problem solving, conflict and team work.
- Relevant themes: peer pressure, drugs & alcohol, sex & relationships and HIV/AIDS.
- Basic skills training: computer literacy, use of library resources, CV writing, English proficiency and public speaking.
- Career guidance.
- Study methods and relevance of learning.
- Balanced lifestyle and sport participation.
- Value systems: ethics, morality and spirituality.
- Through experiential learning, youth learn the basics of planning and managing. This is acquired through:
- Being a mentor to younger children in the community
- Computer literacy and proficiency
- Project management
- Keeping meeting minutes
- Doing action research
- Developing listening and conflict management skills
In addition to the weekly group meetings, there are periodic edutainment outings. This includes a Table Mountain trip for Grade 10s and an Amazing Race adventure for Grade 11s.