Training programme provides big dreams for small town boy

(Cape Town) – As a child growing up in the small town of Zoar in the Western Cape, Ryan Adams had two dreams: to one day be a policeman serving his tiny community, and to be the first rapper from the former mission station to make it big.

GOOD NEWS: Ryan Adams, who has graduated from the Chrysalis Academy in Tokai: News24.

While neither has yet worked out for him, his determination to steer clear of social ills and crime has set him on a path to new opportunities after completing a three-month development training programme at Chrysalis Academy in Cape Town.

The NPO, started in Tokai in 2000 by the Western Cape Provincial Cabinet, was established for youth at risk in an attempt to stem the high crime rate as a result of substance abuse and gangsterism in the province’s poorer communities.

The initiative adopts a preventative approach through its training programme which focuses on physical, emotional, mental and spiritual development, its website says.

 Participants are unemployed, with a clean criminal record and a minimum of Grade 9 education.

The academy is mainly funded by the provincial Department of Community Safety and has benefited over 6 000 young people from across the Western Cape.

Adams was one of 177 young men from Khayelitsha, Mitchells Plain, Manenberg, Ceres, Worcester, Beaufort West, Piketberg and Zoar who graduated from the programme on Saturday.

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