Consultation, Research and Training

Youth Lab creates the bridge between government and the private sector and young people in communities. There are a host of socio-economic challenges facing South Africa’s youth today. This we know all too well. There are also, a wealth of individuals and organisations who want to help move South Africa forward. To facilitated this engagement, Youth Lab also functions as a consultancy, hosting workshops and training sessions. We are also a premier youth think tank, offering original research on youth in South Africa, and the rest of the continent.

A look at the workshops and training we offer:


Youth Sensitive Budgeting Workshops

In partnership with the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Development in Africa, Youth Lab has hosted Youth-sensitive budgeting workshops in South Africa, Lesotho and Botswana with parliamentarians, local councillors and political party representatives. The workshop is an interactive learning process designed to illustrate ways that the budget can be used to resourcing youth interventions directly and meet the needs of young Africans indirectly.

Read some of the material here.


African Union Training: The Africa We Want

“The Africa We Want” is the message of Agenda2063, a 50-year Africa plan that outlines the shared vision of the African Union for the future of the continent. In 2015 and 2016 Youth Lab has participated in various activities of the African Union Commission, developing a relationship that includes youth training and facilitation and consultation. Read more here.


PIN Youth Assets Workshop Series

The National Development Plan is a targeted vision for what South Africa should be by 2030. PIN Youth Assets is a community workshop that introduces young people to the NDP and together brainstorm strategies for implementing the NDP in ways that address the challenges faced by youth in communities. The core outcomes of the workshops are to:

  • Allow young people to set the priorities for development in their communities and consider how the goals of the NDP align with these priorities?
  • Identify the social and political assets and human potential currently available in communities
  • Develop youth centric strategies that communities can use to realise the goals the NDP within their community

In 2016 Youth Lab takes PIN Youth Assets to 6 communities in Gauteng, the Eastern Cape, the North West and Kwa Zulu Natal.

Take a look at a workshop we recently facilitated in the community of Uitenhage.

If you would like us to facilitate a workshop in your community, organisation or work with you to bring more grassroots training facilities, contacts us here.