We have two residences where students may be housed. Selection criteria are strict and only those students who are academically strong, emotionally mature and stable are selected.
The students have to live independently and are requested to draw up rosters for house duties. A budget is given for household expenses such as food and cleaning materials. Students meetings take place regularly as do meetings with the YES Trust committee.
Each student is mentored and a close bond develops between each student and his/her mentor. Students are encouraged to share their problems and worries. There is a commitment on the part of both student and mentor to meet for a chat and a cup of coffee on a regular basis. A level of understanding and loyalty develops between mentor and student with many potential problems being averted.
We encourage a family environment, where strong, life-long bonds are formed to create a secure support system.
One residence, in Pinetown, is called COT House and houses six students. The other, Sisonke, is attached to Durban Child and Youth Care Centre, and accommodates 4 students.
Our two residences work extremely well with students learning how to manage cooking finance and general household duties. They support each other in times of stress and trouble and there has been a wonderful spirit of camaraderie in both houses.