Afrika Tikkun is a non-profit organisation dedicated to the reduction of youth unemployment in South Africa by tackling the socio-economic drivers that make it difficult for young people to access the economy as productive citizens.
For the last 24 years, we have dedicated ourselves to supporting young people at each stage of their development, from cradle to career. Through our Cradle-to-Career360˚ model, we support children from infancy into adulthood and employment to ensure that they become the next generation of economically active South African citizens.
We aim to reduce unemployment by empowering young people in the context of the family. Which is why, we focus on education, personal development, nutrition, health, family support, skills development, and ultimately work placement. This approach defines our Cradle-to-Career360˚ model.
OUR CORE PROGRAMMES
In order to provide services and interventions that support young people from Cradle to Career; Afrika Tikkun has three (3) core programmes, each focused on the specific developmental and age-appropriate needs of children and youth. These are:
- Early Childhood Development: This is focused on age appropriate development and school readiness milestones for children aged 2 to 6 years.
- Child & Youth Development: This is an after-school programme for young people from Grade 1 to Grade 12, and provides a series of activities for education, career guidance, leadership and personal development.
- Career Development Programme: This provides career development, job readiness training, specialised training (Retail, Hospitality & ITC), job placement and bursaries for further learning. This is targeted at young people with a matric or equivalent between the ages of 19-29 years.
As an integral part of the Cradle-to-Career 360˚ model, the core programmes are augmented by cross-cutting Support Services, which include:
- Primary Health Care: Providing basic healthcare services to young people and their families.
- Family Support: Providing Psychological and family support services to address the young person’s needs within the context of their family circumstances.
- Nutrition & Food: Providing young people with daily meals and where required (as verified by our Social Worker) monthly food parcels, emergency relief and school lunch boxes.
- Empowerment: Providing young people and their families with the tools and support to actively pursue their human rights as agents of change within their homes, community and country across all our core programmes.
Afrika Tikkun has over 12, 000 registered beneficiaries every year who each receive a comprehensive set of services designed to propel them into success. In addition, we provide services to over 10, 000 beneficiaries on ad-hoc interventions.