Youth Citizens Action Programme – Powered by Empowervate

Empowering and motivating new generations of active citizens and change agents through skills development and showcase events.


The Youth Citizens Action Programme (YCAP) is our youth development competition-based programme and our IMPACT FOCUS is the EMPOWERMENT and MOTIVATION of children and youth through conscientiously teaching leadership skills and competencies for them to become ACTIVE CITIZENS and social entrepreneurs in their communities. 

YCAP is a programme that is created by Empowervate (NPO that relies on donor funding) and run in collaboration with the Department of Basic Education with support from the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture.

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"Since YCAP was formed in 2009, we have seen such amazing young people gain the skills and motivation they needed to become life-long active citizens."
Amanda Blankfield-Koseff - Founder & CEO
Empowervate & YCAP


YCAP National Virtual Workshop 16 May 2024 We had 90 participants in the virtual workshop for an hour and a quarter from across the country including teacher, learners, support team managers and the Department of Basic Education National, Provincial and District coordinators. Please find the PowerPoint that was presented at the workshop: Q&A tips from

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Empowervate wins CSI Legacy Award for Best Rising NGO 2024

The CSI Legacy Awards took place in Pretoria on the 27th February 2024. Prominent figures in the business, government, and civil society sectors attended the event that celebrated people and groups who went above and beyond to make a difference in their communities through corporate social investment. This year, there were 379 nominations across six categories,

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Empowervate, and therefore YCAP operates on a lean model and are thus able to streamline processes, to address change and programme requirements quickly and effectively, all while focusing on the value of what we aim to achieve.

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Our lean model not only allows us to focus on what is most important to our vision, mission and goals and subsequently allows us to reach thousands of participants each year, but also ensures our sustainability – we’ve been at it for 12 years (or since 2009)

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From a Global Perspective, YCAP and therefore Empowervate is aligned with various Sustainable Development Goals, thus following the blueprint to help achieve a better and more sustainable future for all.

What We Do

What is YCAP?

Powered by Empowervate trust, The Youth Citizens Action Programme or YCAP is a youth development competition-based programme that focuses on the empowerment, motivation and skills acquisition of a new generation of active citizens.


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Let the Numbers Speak

Our Impact

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