Children at Risk School – CAR School

Children at Risk School

Equipping, empowering, and engaging a generation to serve children at risk

1st April 2019 – 21st June 2019/ Muizenberg, South Africa

Numerous children around the word living in extreme poverty are at high risk of being exploited and trafficked for labor. A child accidentally slices his hand open with a machete while opening cocoa pods on a plantation in Ghana. A young teenage girl, trafficked for the sex industry, walks the beaches of Mombasa in Kenya looking for business. A young boy squats naked in a mineshaft in Burkina Faso, chipping ore and loading it into buckets all day long. A child soldier in the Democratic Republic of Congo carries an automatic weapon he was forced to use to kill villagers he knew. A is child is being traumatised by one of the many attacks of Boko Haram Islamist in Nigeria.

How can I live in this world?
Oh, what can I do?
It is so dark ahead of me.
Mother and father do not want us.
They sell us to thugs.


The words of a young child in South Africa, originally written as a poem in the Xhosa language.

CAR Children at Risk School 
This school is for Christians who are passionate about reaching out to children at risk, including street children, kids from broken families, orphans, children with HIV/AIDS, and many other categories of children at risk. The information and methods are developed in such a way that students can put them into practice straight away during the lecture phase of 3 months. Throughout the lecture phase, students will also be able to create their own detailed ministry project plan or personal development plan to help them further their ministry goals in a practical way.

Where? Muizenberg, Cape Town, South Africa

Who can participate? YWAM staff or people who have completed a discipleship training school (DTS). In addition, people who sense a calling on their lives to come alongside children, families and communities at risk or those who already work with children in churches or community projects. .

Following the lecture phase, a 3 to 6 months internship is optional with YWAM or any other Christian ministry or organisation that works with children at risk. We have some internship opportunities in the countries listed below, but students are also able to choose other locations of their own preference.
– Philippines
– Tanzania
– Sierra Leone
– Uganda
– South Africa

 YWAM Muizenberg offers the Children at Risk School to train workers in initiating and maintaining projects of working with children at risk, their families and communities.

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Come join us at YWAM Muizenberg, in the beautiful city of Cape Town. Only a few minutes walk from Muizenberg beach and a surfer’s paradise. We are also near the local township communities. We regularly engage with God’s heart for this incredible community and the surrounding communities.

If you have any questions about the Children at Risk School, check out the frequently asked questions page or send us a question. If you don’t know what to pack, check our packing list!

Meet The School Leaders!

Toby Brouwer //
Toby has worked with children at risk for the last 26 years and is passionate about training, mentoring and coaching the next generation. He is the Co-founder of Beautiful Gate and Beautiful Gate International. Beautiful Gate is an organization, which has projects for children at risk in South Africa, Lesotho and Zambia. Toby is known as Charlie and calls his team Angels!! He joined YWAM in 1991. Toby is a pioneer and visionary leader. He is passionate about project development and networking. He is involved in coaching and mentoring leaders in Africa, facilitating resource development, advocating the plight of children and families, developing organizational capacity in Beautiful Gate organizations and other YWAM ministries in Southern Africa. Toby holds a Masters’ in Christian Formation and Discipleship with the University of the Nations within Youth With A Mission (YWAM).

Aukje Brouwer //
She is married to Toby and together they have been in missions for 26 years. Aukje has a passion for teaching and facilitation workshops. Together with Toby, she founded Beautiful Gate, an organization reaching out to children at risk. She also founded the Dignity Campaign as she believes that the church is called to continue the dignifying work of Jesus amongst girls and women. A fun fact about Aukje is that she doesn’t like to cook yet she loves to have people over for supper. She completed her DTS in 1991 and a school of Biblical counseling in 1993. She speaks on the character and nature of God and the Father Heart of God in DTS.

Would you like to be used by God to reach out to children at risk and help restore their dignity by transforming individual lives, families and communities?


Starts on: 1st April 2019
Untill: 21st June 2019
Duration: 3 months

A 3 or 6 months internship is optional.

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Tuition Cost

YWAM Muizenberg has a category system which aims to enable all students, regardless of social or economic background, to attend our training programmes. The fees below are according to category. You can find out more about our fees, which category you fall in to and financial policies here.

Category A: R23.000
Category B: R17.000
Category C: R15.000

Note: The fee include accommodation, food, transport during lecture phase, events, and school materials. Airport pickup fee of R 200 is excluded.

Application Registration Fees:

(Although this fee is part of the application process, these fees will be added to your school fee to avoid expensive bank charges for depositing small amounts of money)
Category A: R500
Category B: R300
Category C: R250

In addition to the above, all students should allow some money for personal items, laundry, leisure etc which are not covered by the school fees.

Topics covered
  • Biblical understanding of the value of children and youth
  • Child development
  • Categories of Children at Risk
  • Advocacy
  • Child Abuse
  • Trauma
  • Father Heart of God
  • Bereavement
  • Counseling and inner healing
  • Creative evangelism
  • Community Development and Worldview
  • Ministry models and Project planning
  • Health Care issues
  • Working with well balanced leadership and teams
  • Gangsterism
  • Street children
Weekly schedule
  • Worship and intercession
  • Lectures by experts in the field on topics related to children at risk
  • Local outreach to organizations working with children at risk
  • Site visits to learn from ministries working with children in Cape Town
  • Project planning training on how to start and organize your own ministry or organization
  • Small groups
  • Base worship with 200 staff and students

“This school not only equipped me with skills to minister to children at risk, but it also shaped my perspective of missions and how to minister to others without hurting them. So valuable!” –Melanie

“The Children at Risk School opened my eyes to see the needs of children and opened my heart to support them through community development. It equipped me to better advocate for children and to see the value they already have in society.” -Jamin

“This school changed my view from a “save the child” mentality to “empower, support, and improve families and communities.” It brought a holistic approach to child protection. Because of the Christian aspect, it proved that in God, there is always HOPE!” –Thato

“The Children at Risk School has helped me to see the sobering reality of the state of many children living in the world today. In the midst of this brokenness, I can do something – whether big or small- to help restore communities, families, and children at risk.” –Adam

“This school has completely changed my perspective on children. They are so very important and valuable, and can make a huge impact in this world. I can see now the potential that God has placed in each child, and I want to work hard to call this out.” –Leah

“The Children at Risk school has empowered me to look more holistically at critical issues surrounding those most vulnerable, and has given me practical tools to take action and advocate.” -Kelsey

“This school has taught me to look beyond the surface, not just seeing issues as they are and assuming bad heart motivations from people. It has expanded my understanding of brokenness and helped me to see the capability and power of children in the kingdom of God and on earth today.” -Mirjam


Questions | Children At Risk School

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This school is the second level cours. That means that a first level school (like a DTS) is required in order to do the Children at Risk School. See more infos at the website of the University fof the Nations.