Youth Development Programme | Western Cape Government

Youth Development Programme


When you’re young the world is full of endless possibilities. Everybody has the potential the reach their goals, sometimes all you need is someone that can guide you to the correct path.

Taking part in programmes that’ll improve your career prospects, show you how to become financially stable and teach you valuable life lessons can help steer you in the right direction.  

The Department of Social Development’s Youth Development Programme gives people under the age of 35 the opportunity to develop their career paths, learn important life skills, and receive valuable mentorships. You’ll learn how to look after yourself financially, and how to become independent.

The Youth Development Programme provides a wide range of services, opportunities, and support to young people, between the age of 14 and 35.


Youth Development

The Youth Development Programme builds on the strengths of young people by developing their skills. This includes providing them with leadership training, mentoring, and helping them to transition through the challenges and problems they may experience in their daily lives.

Funded Non-Profit Organisations (NPOs) provide their own services through Youth Cafes and community-based programmes, while our own services are provided at the Department of Social Development’s Service Delivery Area Offices. NPOs and Youth Cafes determine their own programme content that mainly focuses work preparation, skills development and sometimes job placement.

The programme is done in a way that ensures social inclusion of most youth with a special focus on:

  1. NEET Youth - (Not in Education, Employment and/or Training).
  2. Life and personal skills development.
  3. Work skills development.
  4. Leadership development.
  5. Mentoring.
  6. Internships through the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP).
  7. Informal skills development.
  8. Youth cafés where our youths can be innovative, creative and in a safe developmental environment through support, service and opportunities.

If you would like to take up this opportunity, visit one of the Youth Cafés or contact us for more information.


Youth Cafe - Roxanne Petersen shares her experience

If you’re interested in the Youth Development Programme and would like to participate in it, feel free to contact a funded organisation closest to you or the Department of Social Development’s Service Delivery Area office. 

For more information, contact:

James Albanie
Tel: 021 483 8997

Mtutuzeli Oswald Sitinga
Tel: 021 483 2535

Provided by:
Government Body: (Western Cape Government)
The content on this page was last updated on 19 August 2021