The idea of graduating from high school is a distant dream for many of the children who first enter our program. Going to a trade school or graduating from university is an even bigger feat. The Excel Beyond program was created to give high school graduates the opportunity to maximize their educational and career potential beyond high school.
The Foundation Year is a gap-year program for recent high school graduates to prepare them for life in the professional world. Through workshops and seminars, students learn important professional skills such as interviewing, budgeting, resume-writing, and time-management. They participate in an introductory trades program as well as a three-month paid internship and entrepreneurial training. Based on their 12th grade exam scores, these students will go on to enroll in either a university of trades program, or they will enter the job market- well-equipped with the skills they have learned in the program.
Students can qualify for either a one-year or a multi-year trades program, depending on their exam scores. Family Legacy partners directly with trades schools around Lusaka to accommodate our students’ wide-ranging interests. The typical format of trades programs includes a classroom learning, an internship opportunity, and a final exam upon which students receive an official certificate.
Becoming a graduate from a university in Zambia is monumental. We have celebrated a handful of college graduates already and plan on many more celebrations in the coming years as more of our students enroll in universities in Zambia and Zimbabwe. Accounting, nursing, medicine, law, and teaching are popular degrees that our students pursue.
Our dedicated staff members work directly with students to try to help them land jobs in their respective fields. We aspire to prepare our students to apply for and enter the workforce, and we have relationships with various local employers to aid in the job search process.