The Salesian Institute in Cape Town city was built in 1910, a decade or so after the SDBs first established themselves in South Africa. Over the years it served as an orphanage, later as a technical school and it now accommodates the SALESIAN INSTITUTE YOUTH PROJECTS (SIYP) which run a range of projects for youth at risk.

The following programmes are run from the SI:

  • Learn to Live School of Skills
  • Salesian Outreach
  • Youth Employment Skills (YES)
  • Waves of Change (WOC)



LEARN TO LIVE School of Skills (L2L)

L2L educational programme for street children has been recognised as an independent school by the Western Cape Educational Department. Between 40 and 90 school children  from various shelters in and around Cape Town or directly off the street, attend daily, including school drop-outs from various communities.  In addition to the school curriculum there are activities such as soccer, swimming, music, dancing, art and drama. Life Skills form an integral part of the curriculum. The ethos is one of acceptance and development.

Many of the learners attending L2L are able to reintergrate into mainstream schooling, once they have

been placed in a more stable home environment.


DON BOSCO HOSTEL (DBH)programme-donbosco

Don Bosco School of Life Programme

At the Don Bosco School of Life programme we strive to assist with the basic needs of our youth and to create a homely environment for them. This helps provide a sense of security, belonging, direction and independence for our hostel residents. This is one step in their journey to self discovery. The aim of the programme is to integrate young South African at risk males without family support structures, between the ages of 17 and 24, into mainstream society. If they are looking for an opportunity in life and are willing to join our programme, the DBHP will offer them:

  • Relevant employment skills training
  • Social skills training and development
  • Psychological and spiritual integration
  • Refocus camps and recreation activities
  • Support structures after completion of the programme


16PLUS OUTREACH (16+)programme-16plus

This is often an heroic street initiative, which aims to build relationships with youth on the street. The Outreach Worker becomes a stable person in the dangerous world of survival of the fittest, someone the youth can confide in, offering an alternative to the rather anti-social lifestyle on the streets.


The main aim of the Outreach Worker is to build and maintain relationships with homeless or at risk youth. Through this they are encouraged to leave street life.




This project forms part of the Salesian Institute Youth Projects in Cape Town and facilitates the skills acquisition of young unemployed school leavers so that they can enter the job market.


The learners who attend our courses are all unemployed, come from disadvantaged backgrounds and are between the ages of 18 and 26.   We send information regarding our courses to all Recreation Centres, Libraries, Clinics and Community Centres in communities that have been identified as disadvantaged in terms of the socio economic climate prevailing in those areas.  The areas specifically targeted are;  Khayelitsha, Delft, Mitchell’s Plain, Langa, Guguletu, Philippi, Athlone, Ocean View, Brown’s Farm, Mannenberg and Wallacedene.  These areas fall within a 30-40km radius of the Cape Town CBD.



  • Computer literacy and office management
  • Computer maintenance and repair
  • Bricklaying
  • Tiling, mosaic and laminated flooring
  • Life Skills

Job Placement

We assist graduated students to find employment on completion of their course.  We have managed to build strong relationships with a number of individuals and companies who then contact us for placements on a regular basis.  We have a high placement rate.


 It is a pleasure to see the students graduate.  Their sense of pride and achievement is palpable and this has a positive effect on facilitators and students alike.  The graduates receive a certificate which is issued by the Salesian Institute Youth Projects/YES Project.  We include our Service Provider details from the Department of Labour on the certificate. 


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WAVES OF CHANGE (WOC): Deep-sea fishing is a large and growing industry in South Africa. We have partnered with one of the biggest companies in the sector, I&J, to train some 200 young men each year, which then gives them the opportunity to work at sea.

In addition to job-specific training in the Pre-Sea Course, participants attend a unique Life Skills course to learn workplace behaviour, self-esteem and household skills. At the end of the course, participants not only have the hard skills employers want, but also the social skills needed to be successful and sought-after mariners.


Contact Details

Salesian Institute Youth Projects (SIYP)

P O Box 870, Cape Town, 8000

2 Somerset Road Cnr Chiappini Street, Greenpoint, Cape Town

Tel:  021 425-1450


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This innovative HIV/AIDS prevention project works with youth between the age of 10 - 19 and is located at the Salesians’ Lansdowne premises in Cape Town.


With a growing population of youth in South Africa (over 19 million), now more than ever, it is essential to nurture them for the future of our country.


Life Choices is founded on the belief that once off interventions are not enough to transform a young person's life.


With this in mind we provide comprehensive services in Family Stability, Health, Education and Leadership. Life Choices believes that these four building blocks are critical for youth to thrive.

Since 2005, Life Choices have impacted over 138,000 lives with choices and not charity.


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Contact Details

P O Box 14290, Lansdowne, 7790

312 Imam Haron Road, Lansdowne, Cape, 7780 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tel:    021 696-4157
Ms Sofia Neves - Project Director  

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