The Savior Life Cycle
The core vision of Savior Life is an integrated and holistic solution based initiative to transition young orphaned and unskilled adults from previously disadvantaged backgrounds, into sustainable employment by providing life-skills, mentoring, entrepreneurial training, employment and apprenticeship opportunities.
Rescue a young adult, restore dreams, and release a fire-starter – changing our world.
Savior Life exists to provide opportunities for sustainable employment, and to enable the next generation of leaders in our nation. We offer parentless young adults and those from vulnerable backgrounds a structured holistic work environment, where they can receive structured mentoring, personal skills development and spiritual input, training and apprenticeship opportunities, and small and micro-business startup support.
…We have a dream; we want these young adults to grow up to be a generation that will influence positive change within South Africa, our continent Africa and ultimately the world. If these young adults are equipped and guided with the correct moral values and life skills, they truly can live incredible lives that influence and inspire significant change and lasting impact.
The Savior Life Cycle for any young adult consists of 4 aspects:
1. Mentoring: In partnership with local churches each young adult is linked with a mature adult who commits to mentor then over an initial period of 2 years. This entails meeting together at least twice a month for 1½ - 2 hours.
2. Life-Skills Training: In partnership with Zoe-Life and World Changers Academy each adult will attend regular life-skills workshops. These workshops will focus on various life skills such as personal hygiene, building self-esteem, interpersonal communication, cultural diversity, substance abuse, and leadership skills, among other things.
3. Apprenticeships and Work-Placements: Work-based opportunities will be created for each young adult in the programme to develop their skills and gain valuable experience through partnership with various local businesses, such as The Savior Brand Co., Savior Coffee Co., Mr Price, etc.
4. Small and Micro Business Development: In partnership with the Durban Chamber of Business and Durban municipality, perspective business entrepreneurs will be supported in developing their business proposals for initial seed funding. This also includes business training and mentoring.
It is envisaged that between 5 – 10 young adults would be selected for the programme, and typically each young adult would spend between 2-3 years travelling through the full Life-cycle. The goal would be that at least 2 young adults would have set up a sustainable small or micro business each year and that a further 2 young adults would find permanent semi-skilled employment.