Afrika Tikkun has a model called Cradle to Career which takes children from early infancy into young adulthood and into the world of work, to achieve this, Afrika Tikkun has;
1. an NPO that provides education, health and social services to children, youth and families in 6 South African Townships through its Centres of Excellence in Gauteng and the Western Cape.
2. a for-profit social enterprise called Afrika Tikkun Services (PTY) LTD which was born out of a need to respond to the youth unemployment crisis and to enhance Afrika Tikkun’s Cradle to Career Model. Afrika Tikkun Services is 100% owned by the Ma Afrika Tikkun Endowment Trust with Afrika Tikkun (NPO) being the sole beneficiary.
By collaborating with complimentary partners, Afrika Tikkun aims to break the cycle of poverty in disadvantaged communities by creating skilled and competent youth that will form part of mainstream economic activity.
Cradle to Career Programmes
We have 3 core programmes, each focused on the specific developmental and age appropriate needs of children and youth. These are;
• Early Childhood Development (ECD), which provides home based support for 0-6yrs and ECD services for 2-6yrs. The key outcome is to get the children ready for school.
• Child and Youth Development (CYD), which provides sports, arts and culture, learning and homework support, life-skills and related interventions for children and youth, tailored for the specific age groups of 7-9yrs, 10-13 yrs,14-16yrs and 17-18yrs. The key outcome is a higher matric pass rate, knowledge and information on career and further learning opportunities.
• Youth Skills Development and Placement, which provides career guidance, job readiness training, entrepreneurial training, job placement and bursaries for further learning. This is targeted at young adults between the ages of 19-25yrs. The key outcome is young people being able to navigate the labour market, accessing sustainable employment or self-employment.
In line with Afrika Tikkun’s holistic approach to child and youth development, the core programmes are augmented by cross-cutting Support Services, which include primary health care services for children, youth and their families, nutritional and food security services and family support services, which are provided largely on a case-by-case basis.