1 – Drop-In Centres (Daily) :
Morning and afternoon programmes recruit youth (11-19yrs) from across the township community. Out-of-school and street youth are able to attend morning sessions that provide access to surf coaching, professional social care and a warm meal. Afternoon programmes are run mostly by referral with problem youth referred through community networks. Walk-in participants from the local community are also able to attend and Waves for Change’s integrated surfing curriculum creates a healthy atmosphere promoting respect, tolerance and mentorship.
2 – Coach Training and Social Enterprise (Daily) :
Waves for Change strives to ensure 100% community ownership of its projects. Local community members are able to access training in the accredited vocational skills needed to run a Waves for Change community drop-in centre. Waves for Change has developed a training programme that is open to young adults with incomplete schooling, opening new pathways for disenfranchised youth to access mainstream social inclusion.
Waves for Change surf coaches (all internationally accredited) also deliver surf lessons to the local tourist market and our corporate partners, yielding small but sustainable forms of income that were previously unavailable.
3 – Literacy and Numeracy Programming (Weekend) :
Run over weekends, surf boards and wetsuits are made available to participants who complete a 1-hour maths or english literacy class. Classes are delivered by senior members of Waves for Change drop-in centres, as well as student volunteers from local South African Universites and Waves for Change’s Corporate partners.
4 – Girls Programming (Weekend) :
Again run over weekends, Waves for Change opens its centres up to females only. In an effort to boost female participation in the sport of surfing, senior members of Waves for Change drop-in centres are only able to access equipment if they complete a 2-hour surf lesson with a female that they have recruited from the host community.
5 – Holiday Programming (School Breaks) :
Waves for Change works in partnership with the City of Cape Town to deliver high-impact holiday camps that combine surfing with HIV Education. Using Waves for Change’s award winning curriculum and delivered by Waves for Change coaches, W4C holiday camps educate about dangerous sexual behaviour, stigma and key social factors that keep HIV infection rates amongst youth high.