About us

YLED is an award winning, innovative and inspirational youth skills and entrepreneurship development organisation that aims to positively impact participants’ future academic, social, entrepreneurial and career paths.

Nurturing Minds. Developing Leaders

Our Mission
To impart leadership and entrepreneurship skills through innovative programmes and interventions that enhance young people’s chances of success (in communities, academia, business and workplace).

Our Vision
Nurture young minds and Develop future leaders

Our Aim
We aim to improve the lives of youth (16 – 26 years) through innovative and scalable applications of life, leadership and entrepreneurship skills. We additionally aim to prove that developing the idea, implementing it and building a successful business is what’s important in the entrepreneurship journey. We endeavour to promote Youth as agents of change in their communities – focusing on job creation and the development of the much needed entrepreneurial culture, through the development and release of young people that:

- Communicate better,
- Persist through failure,
- Become flexible and adaptable when facing obstacles,
- Take smart risks,
- Turn into problem solvers, and
- Are opportunity finders.
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The Challenge

The majority of the youth population in the South Africa faces a future with limited prospects. With an educational
system that does not respond to the needs of students and the challenges of changing economies, many youth leave the educational system without becoming functionally literate and with few opportunities to acquire the skills they need to secure employment. Growing social issues such as high unemployment, HIV/AIDS, and increasing prevalence of drug use and crime have only added to the challenges facing many young people in this country.

The situation is particularly acute for young males, who have lower enrollment and achievement rates than young women, which translates into limited employment opportunities. As a result, an increasing number of young men with few or no prospects for the future are drawn to the drug trade, gangs and crime—continuing a downward spiral into poverty.

The Initiative

To respond to some of these challenges, Youth Leadership and Entrepreneurship Development (YLED) partners with youth friendly and sympathetic organisations in delivering comprehensive employment, personal development and entrepreneurship programmes to young people, across the spectrum (in school to graduates – 15 to 30 years), to prepare them for the world of work, higher education, leadership responsibilities and self-employment.

The YLED Programme was conceputalised in 2004 and has through strategic partnerships with blue chip firms and NGOs, implemented the initiative and impacted over 5000 young people, most of whom have gone on to achieve great things. Its goal is to equip in-school learners and out of school youth with the necessary skills that will ensure confidence and success in school and tertiary, high probability of employment, that others are driven into the world of self-employment thus providing life skills they need to be successful in developing sustainable livelihoods.

Companies that have assisted in the YLED journey

  • Wits Business School
  • Liberty Church
  • Capricorn fm
  • Instinctif Partners
  • McDonalds Limpopo
  • Junior Achievement South Africa
  • Limpopo Department of Education
  • Vezi & DeBeer Inc.
  • FNB Commercial
  • Accenture
  • Milpark Business School
  • ABSA Bank