Lalela celebrates community service year-round. However, for significant national and international holidays, we develop specific programs for our students to give back through the power of art. These holidays include: Mandela Day, International Women's day, Heritage Day, Youth Day and Human Rights Day.
Pictured: Lalela students paint the Pediatric ward of Somerset Hospital in Cape Town for Mandela Day.
Our Female Empowerment programme works with young women in South Africa as they enter high school. This is the age when many girls drop out of school because of family and community pressures.
We work with these young women to not only encourage them to remain in school, but develop the confidence to excel in their academics and the courage to dream beyond what is expected of them.
During school holidays, Lalela provides full-day arts workshops for at-risk youth. In addition, these workshops provide meals, cultural excursions, and transportation for all participants.
The program also includes international volunteers and renowned guest artists for cultural exchange and professional artist engagement opportunities.
Lalela Live! enables at-risk youth to celebrate the diversity and creativity of music. Through partnership with celebrated musicians of a variety of genres, Lalela's students learn about and practice a wide array of musical instruments, vocal techniques and gain confidence through public performances.
Lalela's leadership programme empowers emerging student leaders with the knowledge and the applied skills of leadership in order to become role models in their schools and communities. Lalela works with local partners, such as Learn to Lead, for additional support.