Young adults who live on farms often lack the opportunity to attend institutions that could positively impact their lives. The Pebbles Project Early Adulthood Programme supports young adults from agricultural communities to study further, find internship opportunities, and gain important life and practical skills to enable them to be gainfully employed.
The programme aims to provide young adults between the ages of 15 to 25 years with sufficient information and guidance to make informed career decisions and to support them to become participating and responsible members of society.
This initiative is targeted at unemployed youth and or those that can’t thrive in mainstream schooling aged between 15-25 years and who live on our partner farms. The activities take place at the Youth Development Centres currently located in Stellenbosch and Hemel-en-Aarde. This is a new initiative and is still in its early stages. Together with the Early Adulthood Programme Manager and external service providers, we plan to offer a wide range of skills. This will include but is not limited to, crafts and beading, barista training, Health and Frail Care training, basic hospitality training, and hair and beauty.
The Second Chance Initiative equips young adults not in formal schooling, between 15 and 18 years of age, with appropriate job industry knowledge and work preparation skills. Acquiring these skills and being gainfully employed will help build self-confidence and make these young adults feel like they are positively contributing to their communities and society as a whole.
These initiatives assist young adults to enroll in tertiary education or skills training to find gainful employment. It also provides support, enhances work readiness skills, and mentors young adults to prevent them from feeling isolated and overwhelmed by the environment they are exposed to on a tertiary level. These initiatives also support and guide young adults in their careers and lives by assisting them in obtaining their learner’s and driver’s licenses which opens up a world of opportunities for them.