About us

Executive Summary

Youth Life is a non-profit organisation providing developmental programs for out of school youth in the Boipatong township of Vanderbijlpark, Gauteng province. The program has established partnerships with local NGO,s and general community stakeholders. Youth Life's goal is to foster a commitment to young people that will promote pro-social friendships, strong interpersonal skills, and reassert a sense of hope in the future. Only through personal relationships can a sense of individual responsibility be re-established that will give youth the commitment to follow through on path to adulthood with a sense of pride and accomplishment.

Youth Life is a program that is in direct response to the growing number of young people that are either falling through the cracks at school or are already entangled with unemployment. The goal of the program is to identify youth who are going to have a turbulent transition to adulthood and offer positive support system to avoid the pitfalls that can derail their lives. The focus is slightly different at each level but the goal remains the same; empower the young person to make positive changes in his/her life.

Youth Life focuses primarily on out of school youth. It is projected that within three years,
50% of youth attending school will be at home doing nothing due to lack of funds to pursuer their career development, high rate of failure at matric level,prevelance school drop-out rate. This age group is particularly problematic and a perfect time for development to be effective.
Youth Life's developmental programs provides youth with necessary skills for growth and
prepares for employment or starting up income generating projects. During that time youth
participate in weekly planned activities to strengthen knowledge and improve the young person's confidence and hopefulness.

Vision

We firmly believe that every human being, especially women and children, have the right to quality of life.

Mission

Achieving full community life for youth – one person at a time.

Achieving means insuring that youth have the right combination of support and opportunity to experience their own individual potential.
Full community life means the opportunity for every youth to actively participate with their family,friends, co-workers/peers and other valued relationships in creating a life that is joyful and fulfilled.

Our Values

The following core operating values influence the culture and public image of Youth Life Skills Development Institute as an effective skills development-based organization serving a wide variety of individuals and families.

· Caring Attitude
· Responsiveness
· Respectfulness
· Individualized Support
· Diversity
· Integrity and Accountability
· State of the Art Practices
· Partnerships
· Advocacy
· Financial Sustainability