The Seeding Futures is a piloted and proven 15-week accredited skills program that grows resilience skills in youth while connecting them to livelihood opportunities in the local green economy.
The program blends personal development support with technical permaculture training and low-cost resilience techniques. It equips individuals with hard and soft skills that promote greater levels of self-knowledge and behaviour change. This results in higher levels of personal resilience and wellbeing.
Importantly, the greater sense of self-knowledge and soft skills, together with the hard skills and experience acquired, create a foundation that makes students generally more employable, entrepreneurial and economically resilient. This includes promoting various non-income generating livelihood strategies.
WHAT WE TEACH
The program covers the following modules:
Month 1: Permaculture Bootcamp
Module 1: Accredited Permaculture Training (4 weeks)
This Permaculture bootcamp is essential as a starting point to your journey. The first four weeks of the program focus on learning Permaculture design principles. The curriculum covers ecosystems, soils, water, energy and plant systems as well as the principles and practices of good design applied to a variety of contexts.
Month 2: Starting with Myself
Module 2: Personal Resilience (1 week)
We focus on our strengths and practice articulating these, we look at our work/life balance and we set ourselves goals. We learn about CV writing and communication skills, including dealing with conflict through Non-Violent Communication. We learn self-care practices and Leadership Skills. Here participants apply for the job shadows they are interested in and grow in confidence.
Module 3: Household Resilience (3 weeks)
Household Resilience focusses on designing and retrofitting local homes to be resilient to the shocks and stresses associated with Climate Change. Students are guided through a client interview process and then work with households to design and implement systems that impact on water, energy and food resilience as well as temperature management, waste, fuel and medicine. This also includes the development of sustainable skills development where we look at the practical skills needed to live resiliently.
Month 3: Impacting Others
Module 4: Feed Our People (1 week)
With the upsurge in demand for locally grown food since COVID-19 and the lockdown, we have designed a module that aims to skill up good food gardeners.
We cover Production planning and crop rotation for a full year and also thoroughly equip students with the hands-on skills of Compost, Planting and also Propagation.
This module ensures our students can produce large volumes of food in an earth friendly way.
Module 5: Social and Micro Enterprise (1 week)
An introduction to the concepts of Social and Micro Enterprise. We will work on basic business plans and incubate test out our ideas.
Module 6: Introduction to Facilitation (1 week)
The basics ofFacilitation with practical experience in public speaking, lesson planning and development and facilitation skills.
Month 4: The World of work.
Module 7: Job shadowing (4 weeks)
Through our growing database of circular economy enterprise* partners, we now place participants in relevant Job Shadows where they gain invaluable experience of the realities of running enterprises.
We prioritize Job Shadows that have employment opportunities and, in this way, have secured many graduates work. The benefits to the network are that they are taking on youth that are educated and equipped and have proven their commitment to this work.
* A circular economy is a systemic approach to economic development designed to benefit businesses, society, and the environment. In contrast to the ‘take-make-waste’ linear model, a circular economy is regenerative by design and aims to gradually decouple growth from the consumption of finite resources.