Young Africa

Young Africa runs vocational skills training centers that are designed to equip youth between the ages of 15 and 25 with both vocational skills and life skills to enable them to lead productive and purposeful lives.
1998Zimbabwe

CEI Plus Status

Program Results Status
Monitoring and Evaluation Reporting

Location Data

Chitungwiza (Z), Epworth (Z), Beira (M), Dondo (M), Kuisebmund (N)Peri-Urban, Rural, UrbanNetherlandsNamibiaMozambique

Launched in 1998, Young Africa (YA) runs vocational skills training centers in Zimbabwe, Mozambique, and Namibia. The centers are designed to equip young students aged 15-25 with vocational and life skills that can translate into employment opportunities. Most of the students enrolled in YA’s centers have either completed their basic schooling and are in search of job opportunities or have not completed their basic education due to lack of monetary resources and are therefore looking to be gainfully employed. Looking to enroll an equal number of young men and women, YA provides hostel facilities for girls in order to encourage them to participate in its programs. YA is committed to serving the most desperate of youth populations.

YA runs a total of five centers across its countries of operation. Each center is spread out across about two acres of land and is fully equipped with facilities for vocational skills training and extra-curricular activities. Each center consists of roughly fifteen different departments that deliver more than thirty professional and industrial courses. YA rents out spaces in its centers to local entrepreneurs to conduct their own business activities as well as to impart vocational skills training. YA’s programs are therefore facilitated by entrepreneurs themselves. This model offers students with on-the-job training, and it ensures that training meets the current demand of the labor force. While the centers are built and equipped using funds from donors, they become entirely self-sufficient after a period of six years through the rent income received from local entrepreneurs. YA’s vocational skills training programs usually last 6-12 months after which students either settle into the job market or are assisted with a loan to start up their own business. 

Young Africa ultimately seeks to reduce poverty and the prevalence of HIV/AIDS. The program is designed with the underlying rationale that vocational and life skills training will both promote a healthy lifestyle and enable African youth to become gainfully employed and to channel their energy away from risky behavior into income-generating and potentially life-changing activities. 

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