Tens of billions of rands could be saved each year by preventing dropout at schools, colleges and universities. Leaving school before finishing matric limits a young person’s chances of further learning and earning. Similarly, whether the next step after school is work-integrated learning, work experience or a year of service in a public employment programme, young people must be supported to remain connected to opportunities.
Not all young people have a linear progression from school to the world of work, but we need to ensure they do not become discouraged.
We must create and advocate for youth-centred support that ensures young people are kept on pathways to productivity and do not become discouraged. Once in work experience or work opportunities, young people need to receive on-the-job training to build the necessary skills and competencies. This is why we must support organisations to function as spaces that foster meaningful economic progression for young people.
Our goal is to achieve at least a 25% increase in successful student-to-work linkages and retention in first-work opportunities in support programmes funded by DGMT.
What we are working on…
- Reducing the barriers preventing young people from completing their post-secondary qualifications.
- Investing in opportunities that spark positive behaviour change and significantly reduce youth vulnerability.
- Developing socio-emotional skills in young people to support them to succeed when times are tough.
Flagship projects addressing this opportunity
Civil society projects addressing this opportunity
These projects are by no means a comprehensive list of the work of civil society. This list represents a small selection of organisations that will be updated from time to time
Partnerships connecting people to opportunity
Through its Thabiso Skills Institute, CIE supports 22 skills centres to provide young unemployed individuals with marketable skills and access to job opportunities. The organisation bridges the gap between training and employers, optimizing youth learning and guiding them towards sustainable economic opportunities.
Helping young people cope with adversity
The School of Hard Knocks delivers psychosocial support through sport in schools, specifically targeting young people exposed to violence and trauma. Utilizing counselling and coaching, the organisation aims to help individuals navigate adversity, reducing the likelihood of engaging in risky behaviour and dropping out of school.
Child-friendly mental health services to children and young people in under-resourced communities
Waves for Change combines surfing with evidence-based mind/body therapy, delivered by trained youth. The programme offered in-school and after-school, targets youth facing educational and social challenges, aiming to build confidence, improve self-regulation, enhance academic engagement, and reduce risk behaviour.