Chrysalis Academy - Unleashing Potential

A Peacemaking Project by Earl M.

What is the injustice we are solving?

Chrysalis Academy is an initiative of the Western Cape Provincial Cabinet, established in the year 2000 at Porter Estate in the suburb of Tokai. Its foundation was a response by the Provincial Government to the high crime rate in the Western Cape, which is one of the highest among the provinces in South Africa, especially due to substance abuse and an active gang culture in Cape Town’s mainlydisadvantaged communities. The result is a holistic and sustainable 5-year youth development program based on 3-month empowerment training that focuses on the individual’s physical, emotional, mental, energetic and spiritual development, which is still unique to our knowledge. The Chrysalis Programme is a preventative initiative, as opposed to rehabilitative. It is registered as a NPO (Non Profit Organization) and mainly funded by the Western Cape Provincial Department of Community Safety. Since the project started 15 years ago over 6,000 youth from the different communities, reflecting the demographics of the Western Cape Province were trained to be empowered for the challenges of life. As a result, the Academy has become one of the most successful youth development organisation in South Africa. Over the years other provinces have also shown a keen interest in the work of the Academy, so much so, that in 2012 the Chrysalis Academy trained 11 young men from Kwazulu Natal (KZN) to become youth instructors. The KZN province is now running two Academies based on the Chrysalis Academy’s ethos and regimented approach.


Amani A. Peace First Staff
22 February 2018 10:45

Thanks for the response, Earl! I have forwarded the email again to [email protected] Please let me know if you got my email. I look forward to hearing from you. Thanks!  

Earl M.
22 February 2018 8:35

Hi Amani,

I have somehow missed your email (below message refers).

Will you please be so kind as to resend email as per your message below?

Kind Regards,

Earl Mentor
PeaceJam SA  

Amani A. Peace First Staff
15 February 2018 10:23

Thanks for sharing, Earl! These are very important issues and we are also working young people between the age of 13-24. We would love to support these young people in South Africa finding solutions to these issues, turn them into peacemaking project, and sharing their work with the world. I will send you an email with more clarification and I would appreciate if you could share your thoughts. Thanks!  

Earl M.
15 February 2018 9:42

Thanking you so kindly Amani! We work with the following age groups:

Juniors: 8 - 14 years
Young Adolescent: 14 - 18 years
Yound Adults: 18 - 35 years

Main issues our participants are working on eradicating:

* Drugs
* Gangsterism
* Teenage Pregnancy
* Crime  

Amani A. Peace First Staff
14 February 2018 16:21

Welcome to Peace First, Earl! Thank you so much for sharing about Chrysalis Academy and the impact achieved since 2000 in South Africa! What's the age of the young people you are working with? What are the issues that these young people care about in their communities?