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10 000 LEARNERS

To-date more than 10 000 high-school learners in Gauteng, Limpopo, Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal have benefited from YLED efforts

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ACADEMIC SUCCESS

At least 20% of YLED’ers have gone on to achieve academic qualifications and have begun to play a role in the economy

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LEADERSHIP

YLED graduates have taken up leadership positions, started small enterprises and others have taken up entry level jobs since 2004

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SINCE 2004

YLED has been successfully executing Youth Skills Development Programmes through strategic partnerships – with both businesses and corporate's


Youth Leadership & Entrepreneurship Life Skills for Employability

Despite their many talents, more and more young people around the world are finding themselves without jobs or livelihoods. An estimated 66 million young men and women are currently unemployed.


Unemployment erodes confidence and fuels feelings of alienation. Young people just entering the workforce stand on the threshold of finding out who they are and what they can contribute to society. The same applies when it comes to the will and drive to become an entrepreneur. This is not being entrenched in the minds of young people, especially scholars.




Through the Youth Leadership and Entrepreneurship Development Programme (YLED), we equip in-school learners with the necessary skills to instill confidence in the learner as well as foster a high probability of employment and encourage a culture of entrepreneurship.



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Faith Moeletsane: SASRIA Graduate Trainee

“Today I am able to communicate better, having not been to an interview yet I’ve been prepared for one, from the clothing, posture, walk and even the handshake. I know that there are opportunities for young people out there and things are not as dull and bad as they seem when one is in their closet."

Graduate: Psychology & Media Studies (University of Witwatersrand, 2012) PDM (Wits Business School). YLED Programme 2007/8

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Graduate: Psychology & Media Studies (University of Witwatersrand, 2012) PDM (Wits Business School). YLED Programme 2007/8

“Today I am able to communicate better, having not been to an interview yet I’ve been prepared for one, from the clothing, posture, walk and even the handshake. I know that there are opportunities for young people out there and things are not as dull and bad as they seem when one is in their closet.”

Busisiwe Zwane

"YLED has taught Luyanda to be strong, stand up for herself to any circumstances, challenges that comes to her.  She has learnt to be firm.  Looking at her now I can see that she is going to be a strong corporate lady because YLED has taught her to be strong."

Luyanda Zwane (Parent)

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Luyanda Zwane (Parent)

“YLED has taught Luyanda to be strong, stand up for herself to any circumstances, challenges that comes to her.  She has learnt to be firm.  Looking at her now I can see that she is going to be a strong corporate lady because YLED has taught her to be strong.”

Lenah Rammaledi

"I can really remember her coming from the Financial Literacy Session on Saturday and said 'Mama you need to make good debt not like now you make bad debt' and I didn't understand, but knowing Koketso she explained and I understood.  I will now take her advice and make good debt."

Koketso Ngubeni (Guardian)

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Koketso Ngubeni (Guardian)

“I can really remember her coming from the Financial Literacy Session on Saturday and said ‘Mama you need to make good debt not like now you make bad debt’ and I didn’t understand, but knowing Koketso she explained and I understood.  I will now take her advice and make good debt.”

Efiong Akpan: Owner McDonalds Polokwane

“Hi Steve, It is nice to see how these young ones are maturing in the business world. It will be interesting to track their progress in life and to see how the seeds planted will grow in the future. Yes, it is more important for us sponsors who have taken them so far to continue to the end. We are grooming future leaders in our communities.” 

YLED Programme 21010

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YLED Programme 21010

“Hi Steve, It is nice to see how these young ones are maturing in the business world. It will be interesting to track their progress in life and to see how the seeds planted will grow in the future. Yes, it is more important for us sponsors who have taken them so far to continue to the end. We are grooming future leaders in our communities.” 

Goodnes Nosihle Zule

“Palesa has realised that business is not easy, making scheme but requires a lot of hard work, commitment and discipline.”

Palesa Mareletse (Mother)

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Palesa Mareletse (Mother)

“Palesa has realised that business is not easy, making scheme but requires a lot of hard work, commitment and discipline.”

Jeremy Afrika: Junior Executive Accountant at Aztec

"The lessons I've learned have helped me complete my matric year successfully and have made my life much easier at University as we were given guidance on what to expect and how to tackle challenges that may arise; it put me in the frame of mind to achieve what I want to in life.  Today I feel that I am a well-rounded person due to the experiences and lessons learnt from the programme."

BCom: Finance Degree in Investment Management (University of Johannesburg 2011 & 2012), PDM (Wits Business School, 2013). YLED Programme 2008 Graduate

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BCom: Finance Degree in Investment Management (University of Johannesburg 2011 & 2012), PDM (Wits Business School, 2013). YLED Programme 2008 Graduate

“The lessons I’ve learned have helped me complete my matric year successfully and have made my life much easier at University as we were given guidance on what to expect and how to tackle challenges that may arise; it put me in the frame of mind to achieve what I want to in life.  Today I feel that I am a well-rounded person due to the experiences and lessons learnt from the programme.”

Amanda Modise: Intern at Business Partners

"The Entrepreneurship leg of the programme made me aspire to open my business one day. The YLED programme helped me quite a lot in matric because I could apply what I learned. At the beginning of my varsity life, I felt that I couldn’t use some of the lessons learnt because I faced different challenges that I couldn’t tie in the skills that I learnt from the programme. However, overtime I realised that some lessons where relevant and applicable to challenges faced in higher learning."

BCom: Accounting Sciences Graduate. YLED Programme 2007

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BCom: Accounting Sciences Graduate. YLED Programme 2007

“The Entrepreneurship leg of the programme made me aspire to open my business one day. The YLED programme helped me quite a lot in matric because I could apply what I learned. At the beginning of my varsity life, I felt that I couldn’t use some of the lessons learnt because I faced different challenges that I couldn’t tie in the skills that I learnt from the programme. However, overtime I realised that some lessons where relevant and applicable to challenges faced in higher learning.”

Tumi Baldese: Project Administrator at FNB

"Participating in the YLED programme was a wonderful opportunity that opened many doors for me. It was a stepping stone to many of the activities and roles I ventured into post-matric."

Honours Degree in Economics (University of Pretoria 2010 - 2012), Graduate Development Programme (FNB, 2013). YLED Programme 2007 Graduate

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Honours Degree in Economics (University of Pretoria 2010 - 2012), Graduate Development Programme (FNB, 2013). YLED Programme 2007 Graduate

“Participating in the YLED programme was a wonderful opportunity that opened many doors for me. It was a stepping stone to many of the activities and roles I ventured into post-matric.”

Iris Dempsey: CEO FNB Commercial

“In the four years of running the YLED programme, we have successfully seen and influenced over 200 potential young entrepreneurs, by equipping them with the skills they need to run their own businesses. Our commitment to the future of entrepreneurship in South Africa can be seen in our expansion of the programme into the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, starting in 2010. We believe that these learners are the future of this country and in helping shape them, they can shape the future of South Africa.” 

YLED Programme 2006 - 2009

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YLED Programme 2006 - 2009

“In the four years of running the YLED programme, we have successfully seen and influenced over 200 potential young entrepreneurs, by equipping them with the skills they need to run their own businesses. Our commitment to the future of entrepreneurship in South Africa can be seen in our expansion of the programme into the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, starting in 2010. We believe that these learners are the future of this country and in helping shape them, they can shape the future of South Africa.” 

Bongiwe Tindleni: General Manager (Micro Enterprise Finance at ABSA Bank)

"This event (Young Women Dialogue) bears testimony to the employee volunteerism programme that ABSA drives because four different units (CRES, Seshego Cares, Unsecured lending and Group Talent) collaborated with a youth development organisation to share their skills, impact the knowledge as well as empower the young girl child on the day. ‘The time has come for female leaders to take on an active role to guide the next generation of women leaders."

Young Women in Dialogue 2011

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Young Women in Dialogue 2011

“This event (Young Women Dialogue) bears testimony to the employee volunteerism programme that ABSA drives because four different units (CRES, Seshego Cares, Unsecured lending and Group Talent) collaborated with a youth development organisation to share their skills, impact the knowledge as well as empower the young girl child on the day. ‘The time has come for female leaders to take on an active role to guide the next generation of women leaders.”

Octavia Shabangu: FNB Commercial Junior CEO

"Those that seek to play a role in YLED should understand that this is a platform to provide positive change and an opportunity to be part of something bigger than before."

BCom: Accounting Sciences Graduate (University of Witwatersrand, 2014), One Day Leader Season 3 Winner. YLED programme 2009 Graduate

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BCom: Accounting Sciences Graduate (University of Witwatersrand, 2014), One Day Leader Season 3 Winner. YLED programme 2009 Graduate

“Those that seek to play a role in YLED should understand that this is a platform to provide positive change and an opportunity to be part of something bigger than before.”

Shaun Edmeston: Chairperson – Junior Board Commercial Banking

"This programme has become a shining example of how giving can help to create a better future for all.  However,  no programme would be complete without the right attitude of the people involved and the commitment shown by the youth of Gauteng – this is testament to the passion of the people of South Africa. FNB Commercial looks forward to many more years of helping to grow entrepreneurs in our country."

YLED Programme 2009

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YLED Programme 2009

“This programme has become a shining example of how giving can help to create a better future for all.  However,  no programme would be complete without the right attitude of the people involved and the commitment shown by the youth of Gauteng – this is testament to the passion of the people of South Africa. FNB Commercial looks forward to many more years of helping to grow entrepreneurs in our country.”

Kelebogile Duma

"My heart sinks when I see her cry but I know she is growing as a person. I know Steven is not doing all this just to make them look bad but to build and make them even stronger."

Nelisiwe Tshabalala (Mother)

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Nelisiwe Tshabalala (Mother)

“My heart sinks when I see her cry but I know she is growing as a person. I know Steven is not doing all this just to make them look bad but to build and make them even stronger.”

Kendra Bethanie

"He has become more inspired in his life. The way he talks, walks, dress, everything has changed. Besides watching the news, he barely spends time in front of the television."

Cautlyn Bethanie (Parent)

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Cautlyn Bethanie (Parent)

“He has become more inspired in his life. The way he talks, walks, dress, everything has changed. Besides watching the news, he barely spends time in front of the television.”

Gail Lyners

"I would like to thank the YLED team for all the effort invested and impact made in my daughter's life."

Shandray Steward (Mother)

2016-02-01T11:14:23+00:00

Shandray Steward (Mother)

“I would like to thank the YLED team for all the effort invested and impact made in my daughter’s life.”

Elegance Gozo: ABSA Head of Young Talent

“The YLED initiative is a reflection of the commitment by the ABSA executive team to bring about change in shaping young people’s minds because the future success of communities and economies relies on the next generation having the right skills.”

YLED Programme 2012

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YLED Programme 2012

“The YLED initiative is a reflection of the commitment by the ABSA executive team to bring about change in shaping young people’s minds because the future success of communities and economies relies on the next generation having the right skills.”

Frances Mosavel

"What Steven and his team are doing is exceptionally good, as our kids have an advantage over the other kids around them."

Taylo Mosavel (Parent)

2016-02-01T11:16:16+00:00

Taylo Mosavel (Parent)

“What Steven and his team are doing is exceptionally good, as our kids have an advantage over the other kids around them.”

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