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Welcome to our home
Khayalethu Youth Centre provides a home for 35 children at risk, aged between six and 21. We aim to prepare these boys physically, emotionally and intellectually to become responsible, functioning members of society. The boys are removed from danger, away from a life of crime, abuse and poverty, and given another chance to reach their potential.
On completing their schooling, young men move to Khayalethu Oliver House where they are given more freedom and responsibility and can focus on learning work and life skills to prepare them for living outside of Khayalethu Youth Centre. Wherever possible they are enrolled for further education, skills courses or learnerships and are supported in finding employment.
Towards a brighter future
Khayalethu Youth Centre
Our mission at the ACC Khayalethu Child and Youth Care Centre is to provide intervention programmes and alternative care for children at risk, specifically boys, between the ages of 8 and 18; meeting their basic needs through a holistic and developmental approach with the ultimate aim of re-socialisation and family re-unification.
At the ACVV Khayalethu Oliver House, the young men are between 18 and 21 years of age. Here the aim is to source a skills programme or apprenticeship, over an extended period of time, that will enable the young men to re-integrate into society in a skilled and productive way while effectively providing for themselves and, hopefully, their own families some day.
Preparing for Life
At the ACVV Khayalethu Youth Centre specific programmes are offered aimed at the boys’ overall development and growth. Click on the headings below to find out more about each of these.
Our boys are enrolled in local schools on admission to the Centre. It is one of our biggest challenges as most of them have had very little or no schooling. To educate them is therefore a priority.
Many boys manage well, but others have challenges that make it impossible for them to fit into the formal school system. Our own school, Strong Foundations, accommodates their needs.
Some of the older boys attend a Learning Centre which focuses on foundational language, numeracy and life skills and aims to provide them with functional literacy.Find out more
We employ a teacher to assist and monitor the boys' homework and, where possible, arrange extra lessons to help them catch up.Find out more
It is important that the boys learn to give back to their community and they all volunteer their help at clinics, old age homes and even Animal Welfare.Find out more
All the boys are involved in sport, both at school and at the Centre. We are very proud of their achievements, especially in Karate. Most of our boys compete in the annual SA JKA Championships and three of them represented South Africa at the WJKA World Championship. Most love playing soccer and compete in various informal leagues.Find out more
Outdoor activities and hiking teach the boys about nature, perseverance and team work. Many of the boys' hidden talents come to the fore on these mini adventures.
This programme aims to prepare those over 18 for the formal sector, giving them the tools they need to become self-sufficient citizens. The programme includes assisting the boys to find holiday and weekend employment, enrolling them in extra courses in order that they may learn a skill, as well as helping them to apply and study for their drivers' licences. This programme is invaluable in preparing the boys for life in the outside world.Find out more
The ACVV Khayalethu Child and Youth Care Centre and Oliver House is a registered as a Public Benefit Organisation (PBO) with the South African Revenue Service – PBO Reg. No. 93 000 6889 – and also as a Non Profit Organisation – NPO 199-436.