The YLED Programme is an aspirational youth development initiative that gives selected in-school learners the opportunity to have their leadership, interpersonal and entrepreneurship skills honed through different skills models: Life Skills, Entrepreneurship Skills and Leadership Skills. Run across 28 weeks, every Saturday morning, the learners are taught, trained and guided by a team who are committed to nurturing minds and developing leaders.





Recruitment & Selection

Beginning in November and running through to January, YLED identifies and engages with schools to determine who would benefit from the programme. In addition, YLED presents their story to potential candidates and invites them to apply. The applications are then reviewed and in January of the following year, the cohort for the year is selected.


Recruitment & Selection

Beginning in November and running through to January, YLED identifies and engages with schools to determine who would benefit from the programme.


Team & Leadership Camp

Beginning in November and running through to January, YLED identifies and engages with schools to determine who would benefit from the programme.


Social Responsibility Initiative
The initiative is about giving back to the community in a practical manner. The aim is to get involved in real-world, problem-posing situations to change and improve the situation. To understand the value of contribution and giving to society/community. Promoting Youth Service. A group project to address a contemporary social issue that impacts negatively on local and/or global communities. Teams must identify a course and write a report that must convince the YLED team that the project is worthwhile. Persuade them that civic contribution and responsibility is possible in South Africa.

Multimedia Project
The aim is to capture the experience of the programme. It must be in a spectacular combination of pictures, sounds, words and images that convey the group and the cohort’s experience of the YLED Programme both inside and outside the classroom throughout the programme.

Positive Word
All the YLED learners have a positive word that two YLEDers will be presenting at the start and the end of the sessions until the end of the Entrepreneurship Challenge. Each week, two learners will present on the word allocated to them by the facilitator in their presentations they will include a story relating to the word as well as what they learned from the story in relation to the respective word. This is driving self and team motivation as well as improving the presentation skills of the participants.

Career Day
The purpose of Career Day is to provide a platform through which young people can be provided with Career selection skills and armed with tools to cope with the challenges they face on route to their career of choices.

The purpose is to organise an exciting YLED Programme Graduation to certify the YLEDers with their participation certificates as well as award certificates of excellence to those young people that stood out.

Friends of YLED Initiative
An annual event where we update sponsors and friends of YLED on the progress of the programmes. The purpose of this initiative is to reaffirm that YLED is an initiative that is the resolution towards Youth Development and Entrepreneurship Development.

Youth Leadership and Entrepreneurship Development (YLED) is an award-winning, NGO that develops young people to position them for future success (in communities, academia, business and workplace). We endeavour to impart life skills for success and develop the entrepreneurial spirit amongst in-school learners and out-of-school youth from diverse communities and backgrounds to upskill and prepare them for the future.


To provide Youth Leadership and Entrepreneurship Programmes and interventions that are sustainable and leave a lasting impact on the lives of its beneficiaries and contributors.


To empower a generation of leaders through innovative programmes and interventions that enhance young people’s chances of success


To be one of the leading Youth Development organisations in our country

Learner impact

To date, more than 15 000 learners from over 200 high schools in Gauteng, Limpopo, Western Cape, and KwaZulu- Natal have benefited from YLED efforts.

Academic Success and Economic Contribution

At least 80% of YLED graduates have gone on to achieve academic qualifications, taken up leadership positions, started small enterprises, and have begun to play a role in the economy, while others have taken up entry-level jobs to management level since 2004.

Since 2004

YLED has been successfully executing Youth Skills Development Programmes through strategic partnerships – with businesses, corporate’s, NGOs’ and individuals who believe in our efforts.


As an organisation that advocates for the life and entrepreneurial development of young people, our efforts have been recognised by the likes of Mail & Guardian Investing in the Future Awards, FirstRand CSI Awards, Fabulous Women Awards, and the Gauteng Premier Youth Awards.



I will do what I say I will do


Spirit of Achievement


Inclusiveness of every race, gender, ethnicity, religion and background


Take responsibility and respect organisational governance


Embrace the spirit of who I am because of who you are

The YLED Integrated Annual Report 2017/2018 is available for download now!