In June 2017 we launched our first state-of-the-art Career Guidance Centre (CGC) within a model site called Blue Roof Life Space which is managed and run by an non-governmental organization called Zoe-Life Innovative Solutions. In 2015 the Career Guidance Centre received our first grant from the USA based MACAids Foundation, who have continued to support our program enabling us to reach and impact over 6 500 youth, providing the crucial subject choice and career pathing support through to learners during our first twenty months of operation.
Our unique and vibrant Career Guidance Centre provides the youth with access to critical services and support. We engage with learner’s right from Grade 9 (subject choice stage) right through to Grade 12 (tertiary application stage). Through our innovative program our trained career coaches take the learners through a self-directed assessment after which they are exposed to key career research and awareness activities, which expose and equip them to:
Gain a realistic understanding of their abilities, interests and talents and aptitude
Become aware and informed of current career options and the implications of their decisions
Critically evaluate socio-economic factors that might influence their decision around eligibility and employability
Accessing of support programs and structures to assist with financial and application assistance
Build an implementation and future plan of how to achieve the desired career path placement
Learners are encouraged to enter and exit the program annually and to re-evaluate their decisions and obtain more research information as often as possible. Our Career Guidance Centre and career coaches are there to support Schools, Educators and Learners throughout their career discovery journey in order for them to be able to confidently select the best career option for their future selves.
The Career Guidance Centre can be found within the Blue Roof Life Space project which is situated at 178 Austerville Drive, South of Durban, the Blue Roof Life Space (originally known as the Blue Roof Wellness Centre) was set up by the Keep a Child Alive Foundation a social impact program founded by Alicia Keys. In 2016 the Keep a Child Alive Foundation approached Zoe-Life Innovative solutions to take Blue Roof through a second transformation process so as to better meet the needs of the youth and the community.
Zoë-life Innovative Solutions was founded in 2004 as a response to the HIV crisis in South Africa, after seeing communities unable to access treatment and devastated by its impact and over the years has adopted a multi-dynamic approach to wellness, ensuring effective diagnosis, access to treatment and adherence to medication regimens, as well as tackling the stigma around the virus. Their mandate now covers wellness in all its forms, with this in mind, we cover the three key areas of individual wellness, personal development and future readiness.
OUR CURRENT STATIC CAREER GUIDANCE CENTRE – (DURBAN SOUTH, KZN)