KMF Youth Development Programmes:
The KMF Youth Development Programmes are as follows:
- Grade 6 Recruitment & Assessment Phase
- Grade 7 Junior Development Programme
- Grade 7 Scholarship Preparation Programme
- Senior Scholarship Programme
- Alumni Programme
- Grade 6 Recruitment & Assessment Programme:
The aim of the programme is to identify scholars for the Junior Development Programme.
Scholars apply for the programme in July of their Grade 6 year (12 years old).
The application process has had many challenges as applications are often submitted incomplete or incorrect. Parents fail to provide sufficient proof of household income and neglect to include all household income and dependants. This puts a strain on the financial verification process.
The criteria are as follows:
- The applicant must be a South African citizen
- The total household Gross income should not exceed R15,000.00 p/m
The applicant should achieve a minimum of 65% for Home Language, Mathematics and Science.
Most unsuccessful submissions are owing to the applicant not complying to the criteria above or they have failed to provide proof. The parents often find the application forms too complicated.
For the 2020 programme, the application form will be made simpler and an on-line form will be developed. The KMF office will provide assistance once a week to parents who wish to complete the on-line form or who needs guidance with regards to their submissions.
An academic assessment takes place in August. One of the criteria of the programme is for the scholar to achieve 65% for Home Language, Mathematics and Science. The applicants come from schools across the Western Cape (Peninsula, Winelands, Overberg, Swartland, West Coast). To ensure standardisation, an academic assessment is completed which evaluates Mathematical as well as problem solving skills. The assessment is done by a company which specialises in standardised academic assessment. The KMF has no access to the assessments and only receive the scores. Scholars who achieved a minimum of 65% are successful are invited for the GPP Assessment which takes place in September. The KMF has found that the programme’s success depends strongly on the scholar’s ability to persevere and perception of control. A Grit, Perseverance and Personality assessment is done by an expert to determine the level of development of these skills in order for the KMF to ensure that these very important qualities are built through the year.
The financial verification takes place in November. A maximum of fifty scholars will be chosen to attend the Junior Development programme and to ensure that they comply with the financial criteria, each scholar has to provide proof of a household income that does not exceed R15,000.00. It is an extensive process and includes interviews with the parents if necessary.
2. Grade 7 Junior Development Programme
The aim of the programme is to develop Grade 7 (13 years old) scholars’ academic as well as emotional and social skills over the time period of six months.
The scholars and parents have to attend an orientation day
- The session focusses on the contract, indemnity, PoPi consent forms and registration forms
- The deliverables of the programme and the KMF programmes are explained to all parents.
- A calendar of events is handed out.
This programme entails an academic development curriculum which focuses mainly on Mathematics, English, IT and Science. The participants in the Junior Development Programme increase their scores in the above subjects by an average of 20% during their participation. Effective Study skills has been proven to increase confidence,
self-esteem and competence hence study skills & time management skills are introduced during Term 2. In this way, scholars are able to reduce anxiety related to writing tests and meeting deadlines.
Having a non-academic skillset is important for students as well, therefore we also focus on the psycho-social development of the child where they undergo a diverse programme focused on leadership skills, tenacity and emotional intelligence. Soft skills play an important role in shaping a child’s personality, they enable social competence, and complement the hard skills. This section of the programme ensures that scholars are supported and encouraged to skillfully manage challenges in their lives, through utilizing their skills learned during this time. Each child will have access to 6 team sessions and individual coaching sessions and receive ongoing support to develop their soft skills.
KMF also hosts The Junior Development camp which is one of the highlights of the programme and takes place annually in March. The KMF works with specialized facilitators from the camp group, TRUE NORTH EXPERIENCES. At the 3-day camp the learners are introduced to activities that develop grit, perseverance and tenacity. The programme at the camp also include leadership, social skills (communication) and teamwork. In order to achieve another soft skill, teamwork, a drumming session is held. It inevitably results in the formation of a strong bond among the scholars, which encourages teamwork and synergy.
The Junior Camp provides the opportunity to spend quality time on building qualities which are pivotal for their psycho-social development.
After six months, the scholars graduate from the programme, having greater courage, tenacity, morale, determination and certainty about themselves and their academic abilities. Ten to twenty of these graduates are invited to apply to the Scholarship Preparation Programme.
- The Scholarship Preparation Programme
This programme has a dual purpose. The successful candidates will receive a KMF scholarship for High School, and it serves as a preparation programme for their high school career, as we have found that this could be quite daunting for children from disadvantaged communities.
The children will attend schools that are very different to the schools and communities they are accustomed to. The scholars are faced with differences in cultures, religions, languages and socio-economic backgrounds. Throughout the programme we provide them with the opportunity to meet people from different backgrounds, develop leadership skills, tenacity, grit and perseverance. They learn how to work as a team and as individuals, we build confidence and social skills and give them tools to enhance success, not only in their high school career, but post high school as well.
Critical thinking is more than just a skill for learning; it's a skill for life and therefore it offered in our workshops provided to the scholars. It encourages curiosity, enhances creativity, reinforces problem-solving ability and fosters independence. Alongside
critical thinking workshops, analytical thinking and problem-solving workshops are done with the scholars as well.
KMF Scholars are taught analytical skills as it assists them with the necessary skills to find solutions to common problems and make decisions about what actions to take next. It is pivotal that children are taught how to analyze and understand problems and situations to reach viable solutions.
Mindfulness is a mental state achieved by focusing one's awareness on the present moment, while calmly acknowledging and accepting one's feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations and used as a therapeutic technique. It is a secular technique which can be used in all spheres of our lives. Most students are confronted by many stressors during the academic year. They experience high levels of anxiety and are often overwhelmed by their challenges both at school and at home. The programme introduces the scholars to mindfulness techniques by dedicating a 30-minute exercise before every work session on a Saturday to increase focus and decrease anxiety. Scholars are encouraged to practice these techniques in their daily lives.
- Senior Scholarship Programme
The successful candidates from the Scholarship Preparation Programme are awarded a KMF Senior scholarship and joins the Senior Scholarship Programme. Here, scholars receive:
- 5-year High School Scholarship
The KMF provides financial support to scholars, ensuring that the scholar can attend a quality high school and obtain a quality education.
We provide academic support to scholars ensuring that they will achieve good academic results at school.
The psycho – social support offered by KMF will ensure that scholars develop into insightful young adults, who will become contributing citizens in their community. Scholars will receive various life skills and developmental workshops such as:
- Public Speaking
- Coping skills
- Critical thinking
- Personal refinement
- Hygiene, health and wellness
- Leadership development
- Self – esteem development
KMF believes in giving back to the community and we encourage our scholars to participate in volunteer work. This encourages the notion of being a responsible citizen in the larger community.
- Mentorship Programmes & Support Groups:
At KMF we offer additional specialized supportive programmes such as:
KMF has a formal partnership with Releasing Eagles (RE) which started in 2017. The KMF scholars who participate in the RE programme become more steadfast and know what they want to achieve in life. Some of the KMF Alumni still act as mentors for RE, giving their time to help other young children achieve their dreams. The mentors are formally trained to provide quality mentoring to mentees.
The Buddy programme was developed to enhance the life experiences, exposure, value systems, support base and general knowledge of our KMF scholars. The scholars that signed up for the buddy programme are assigned buddies. We do a formal police screening and matching before the buddy is assigned to the scholar.
- Male/Female Support Groups:
The support groups offered by KMF, as a specialized service, creates a safe and confidential environment where KMF scholars can openly discuss matters they struggle with in life and support one-another via this supportive group model.
- Senior Developmental Camp:
The senior development camp is hosted annually by KMF. The camp focusses on mindfulness, tenacity, leadership, emotional intelligence and character development. It provides an opportunity for Senior Scholars to improve their psychosocial development.
5. Alumni Programme
Successful scholars who complete our Senior Programme become proud KMF Alumni. We continue to work with them to provide opportunities for:
Skill Development Workshops
Serve as mentors for current scholars