YouthBuild International began working in South Africa in 2001 with its local partner, the National Youth Development Agency (formerly Umsobomvu Youth Fund), a government institution aiming to tackle challenges of employment and social inclusion facing the nation’s young people.
The first YouthBuild pilot programs enrolled 189 out-of-school, unemployed young adult residents of Ivory Park who completed the construction of 194 units of affordable housing and completed 32,000 hours of community service work. Every student in the first cohort finished the program and 54% of the program graduates were placed in jobs, self-employment or further education and training opportunities.
Based on the success of the pilot YouthBuild programs, The NYDA has named YouthBuild as its key education, skills development and youth service programme intervention over the next three financial years. The NYDA aims to engage 5,461 youth in YouthBuild programmes.
At the same time that the government is expanding its YouthBuild program, YBI has forged an innovative partnership with the South African division of the French company, Saint Gobain. Saint Gobain is partnering with YBI on the Saint Gobain YouthBuild Academy—the world’s first YouthBuild program implemented by a private company offering demand-driven skills training, entrepreneurship development, and alternative education. This initiative is training 100 young people a year.
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