Empowervate is a youth development NPO that was registered in 2013. The flagship programme it runs, The Youth Citizens Action Programme, was born out of Afrika Tikkun, a well-established NGO, in 2009, initially as a youth dialogue. When the national youth programme, which works through the Department of Basic Education, grew too large to be housed under a community development organisation, Empowervate was born.

Powered by Empowervate, The Youth Citizens Action Programme (Y-CAP) is a competition-based programme that encourages learners from primary and secondary schools to identify challenges and create actions to solve or lessen the problems within their schools or communities.