ACADEMY

The RLabs Academy provides excluded and underserved communities access to education and training programmes that ignites HOPE and unlocks an exponential mindset leading to the development of new skills and economic opportunity.

RLabsU, the “Academy in a box”, is a community-based learning franchise where local community members are equipped with the training materials, skills and management to operate their own local community academy leveraging community assets. This low-cost operational programme have been deployed across 25 communities equipping 5000+ members annually.

RLabs Youth provides young people with a range of skills programmes that makes them more accessible for the marketplace. It also offers young people with the opportunity to start their own businesses or start-ups through the youth business programmes.The programme also offers leadership, digital skills, entrepreneurship, design, mentorship and coaching to high school learners and out of school youth.

GROW Leadership Academy unlocks potential in young people enabling them to participate in the economy through launching them into the job market, build and run businesses,  create new innovations and be social conscious leaders that will drive change in society and various sectors.

The GROW Leadership Academy provide these youth with the social emotional capacity, 21st century and market appropriate skills, innovation and venture building platforms. The programme is a work-to-learn approach.

Skills Accelerator offers a 12 month high impact programme that gives youth the skills and experience to succeed in the 21st century workplace. The programme allows each student to develop a roadmap to fulfillment and success through a process of guided self-discovery. They will also develop essential hard skills and core soft skills that are needed to thrive in the future of work. The hard skills offering includes web and mobile development, UI/UX Design, data analytics and machine learning. Participants will learn through real-time collaboration, industry mentorship and real-world projects. Students also work with clients to deliver real-world projects. Our students have worked on projects with partners such as Accenture, Media 24, WeChat, Facebook, Naspers, United Nations and the BBC.

RLabs Women offers training programmes to community women, women groups and organisations. The main goal is to develop economic opportunities to women, especially those in marginalized communities.  RLabs Women have also launched the micro fund to support businesses led by women with capital, resources and mentorship.

NextGen is hosted coding and design bootcamps for children aged 10 – 17 years from marginalized communities that are hosted during the school holidays. These intensive and fun boot camps introduced young children to the core concepts of the 4th Industrial Revolution through allowing them to develop games, code for robotics and IoT as well as solve complex problems through design thinking. 

The Becoming a changemaker: Introduction to Social Innovation MOOC is a free six-week course for anyone who wants to make a difference.

Anyone with an internet connection can take part. Whether you are already familiar with the field of social innovation or social entrepreneurship, working for an organisation that wants to increase its social impact, or just starting out, this course will take you on a journey of exploring the complex problems that surround us and how to start thinking about solutions.

Naspers Labs is a joint venture between RLabs and Naspers that provides youth from disadvantaged communities access to skills and economic opportunities. The collaboration was birthed out of the RLabs Youth model that supports youth with digital, work readiness and 21st century skills.

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