Project: Junior Fit for Life, Fit for Work programme
Area: Youth Development
Coordinator: Shaun Williams

From the inception of the Fit for Life, Fit for Work programme at Etafeni, there were many requests for the programme to be rolled out for young people in their final years at school. The life skills and process of career-discernment were particularly attractive for senior scholars, as was the work done around developing a work ethic. As soon as generous funding arrived, Etafeni deployed Shaun Williams as a facilitator and trainer in two of Nyanga’s high schools.

The young people of New Eisleben and Dr Nelson Mandela High Schools are now in their second year of the Junior Fit for Life programme and they have responded with great enthusiasm. Recently, after passionate discussion during the course, the young people organised an awareness campaign, taking to the streets to make Nyanga residents aware of the prevalence of and disadvantages attached to teenage pregnancy.



Project: Fit For Life, Fit For Work
Area: Youth Programmes
Coordinator: Brenda Nkondlwana

Description: Eight times a year, groups of fifteen young adults (60% young women) spend six weeks – all day every day – looking at themselves, their life stories, their goals, their values. There is a lot of work done around sexuality and space is offered for the young people to articulate, perhaps for the first time, what it is they want for themselves – not what culture, peer pressure or the consumer society determines. After the participants graduate from the “Fit for Life” course, they move into work skills training: English, computer skills, driving lessons and many other work-related courses. They are then helped to find work. We have had, for the past three years, an 80% success rate in placing our grauates in either paid employment, stipended internships or tertiary studies with a bursary.

To find out more detail about the Fit for Life, Fit for Work programmes, click here to download the booklet. (PDF, 2.1Mb)

View the Fit For Life Brochure

Article about award from Impumelelo prgram

Bank: Standard Bank, Rondebosch
Branch code: 025 009
Swift code: SB ZA ZA JJ
Account holder: Etafeni Day Care Centre Trust
Account number: 071 430 121