This is a newly developed program that serves as an Exit Strategy for the supported children aged 15 and above. The program started in April 2010 with 27 youth as a pilot project.
Our Child Care policy dictates that a child should exit the program at the age of 18. However, we realized through our work experience that many of the youth at this age never want to be exited. This is because of the fear of facing life without the support of Dwelling Places. Some of the young people do not have a family or a willing relative to return to on resettlement which means they have to live independently. The few that have families are still struggling economically and can hardly support them.
Dwelling Places developed the Youth Rebuilders Program with the major aim of having successful exit of all youth aged between 18 and above that are still in our direct care by 2014. This program is intended to deal with the major challenges of youth unemployment and self reliance.
The Apprenticeship Training:
Under this program, we run a tailor-made training for all the youth aged 15 and above to supplement their academic knowledge and social life education with elementary vocational skills, business management and entrepreneurship. We want to train our youth to become job creators so as to reduce their dependency on Dwelling Places.
The youth are trained in computer, personal finance management, tailoring and sweater making, food service, on-the-job apprenticeship and life skills.
Once the youth complete the 9 months course, they each receive a certificate with a package to help them get started.