The Youth Citizens Action Programme evolved on the back of the annual “The Big Talk” youth dialogue events that Deutsche Bank Africa Foundation and Afrika Tikkun held in 2007 in Cape Town and 2008 in Johannesburg. During these events, Grade 10 learners were prompted to discuss the challenges they faced as youth in South Africa.
They identified health, welfare, education and environmental issues such as teenage pregnancy, poverty and substance abuse, waste management, illiteracy and the lack of school libraries, all of which affect their schools, and indirectly, their communities.
The rest, as they say, is history! On 19 March 2009, the first meeting was held where the programme was changed from a ‘talk’ to an ‘action’ programme. The name The Youth Citizens Action Programme (Y-CAP) was confirmed and the strategy on how to put the whole thing together took place.
In 2010, the pilot took place with Secondary Schools in 4 provinces in collaboration with the Department of Basic Education, support from Heartlines and sponsorship from Deutsche Bank South Africa Foundation. It was so successful that in 2011, all 9 provinces wanted to participate. In 2015 we added a new category – Primary Schools.