At the beginning of the year, we hit the road to visit our partnering schools during their assembly period which enables us to see the entire student body. Our youthful and energetic team perform an inspirational and edutaining show that includes live musical performances, games, a motivational talk and a call for grade 9 learners to join the #BeTheDream programme through writing “dream letters”.
The #BeTheDream programme is a ten-month programme which is joined by those learners who took initiative by writing a “dream letter” to the Dream Factory Foundation after the roadshow. These learners attend weekly training sessions, which through the Dream Tool Kit, enables them to create, develop and actualise their dreams. The Dream Tool Kit covers modules such as identity, self-development, leadership, community action, dreams, vision and purpose, amongst other things. Learners are also offered points of connection that further enhances their abilities, such as...
Research shows that only 23% of tech jobs in South Africa are held by women. Yet, coding is the language of this digital age that could increase our youth’s income by 40% to 200%, thereby enabling them to become key players of Africa’s economic development. Since 2015, we have embarked on a journey to empower our youth, with a focus on girls and women, with IT skills. Our participation in Africa Code Week and C S Clubs has enabled us to introduce over 400 young people to basic coding skills.
Our partnership with Pricewaterhousecoopers has enabled us to provide free maths classes to the grade 10 learners of Salt River High School. This programme has improved the academic outcomes of the learners tremendously and as such we hope to expand the programme to our other partnering schools.
Our Career Guidance initiatives offer our youth real life experience of the working world based on their field of interest. This entails visiting professionals at their place of work (‘A day in the life of...’), Job Shadowing and Work Placement Opportunities.
Our six month internship programme offers recent high school/tertiary graduates real work experience with the Dream Factory Foundation family. Our interns receive a monthly stipend, access to training and network opportunities. 85% of our interns go on to receive further employment or study further at a tertiary institution.
We currently support 3 high school learners with both financial and academic support through our Bursary Fund. The fund includes mentorship and tutoring on a weekly basis; as well as stationery, uniform, groceries for the learners from time to time.
We provide our youth with emergency relief where the need arises in the form of donations of stationery, food, school uniform. Donations are welcome.