YouthBuild South Africa (YB-SA) mission is to inspire and support youth of South Africa in particular youth who are not in education or employment or training to become patriotic citizens with positive attitudes; and prepare them for sustainable opportunities that transform their lives. YB-SA is a Charter Member of YouthBuild International and is committed to support youth to become skilled, productive and contributing citizens.
YouthBuild’s model is time-tested and widely adapted. It’s rooted in the principles of positive youth development. At its core, PYD approaches our youth as assets rather than problems or deficits to society. We consider the unique potential of each and every individual, with a strong belief that young people have abilities that can help them grow.
This belief forms the base of our respect for young people. The principles of PYD have been distilled into six core principles: Competence, Confidence, Connection, Character, Caring, and Contribution. YouthBuild embodies these six “C’s” with passion.
Our goal is nothing more or less than to provide the youth of South Africa with educational instruction, vocational training, service learning, leadership development, counselling, and healthy lifestyle training.
Our programs were created to cater to the local communities, both rural and urban. We serve a diverse people, from rural youth to ex-offenders and unemployed university graduates. Our purpose is to strengthen and educate the youth of South Africa.
The Saint Gobain YouthBuild Academy delivers holistic training for a young person in the construction industry and provides technical certification and accreditation.
The project provides opportunities for young people to give back to their communities and contribute to community and nation building, while improving their employability.
The program focusses on providing young people with the opportunity to give back to their respective communities and make a difference by serving 16 hours every week…
YouthBuild and Hilton foundation are partnering on a workforce training program to prepare youth, 17 – 29 years old, for placement in the tourism and hospitality sector…
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YouthBuild is dedicated to creating a positive, bright future for the youth of South Africa. Your contributions help turn dreams into reality for all our young students, graduates, and program leaders. Be part of a better future, today.
There are many ways to get involved with YouthBuild. We have several programs for volunteers who want to get involved with helping our youth learn and grow. Whether you want to donate or participate, reach out to us today.
The Saint-Gobain YouthBuild Academy was born out of the need to tackle national ever-growing challenges where a 45% high school dropout rate has fuelled a national youth employment crisis. Its ambition is to contribute by bridging artisan skills gaps and creating a pathway into the labour market for disadvantaged youth. In the 16 years since its inception, the Academy has seen more than 1000 learners graduate from the programme and about 80% of the 2018 graduates were placed into employment. In addition, 30 deaf learners have been empowered through this programme.