Young Africa - Botswana

Located in the heart of the capital city of Gaborone, Young Africa Botswana is being set up as a creative youth empowerment in the local community. With their focus on the creative industries and tourism, they are an esteemed youth-powered organisation in the NGO world in Botswana.

In March 2016, pioneers Maarten Weers and Jelena Mitrović started developing a plan for a training centre in Botswana. Shortly after they were trained at the YA HUB, they settled down in the capital Gaborone and Young Africa Botswana was founded. Young Africa Botswana is located in Gaborone, the capital city of Botswana. They operate from the government-owned Lady Masire Youth Centre in G-West that was refurbished and decorated to suit their purpose.

It is proven that The Young Africa approach and franchise model works for us. We have trained youth and after graduation they have secured jobs or stated their own businesses. It is exciting to see the change in our students
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At the centre young people can:

  • Acquire skills through Vocational, Entrepreneurial and Life Skills programmes
  • Acquire basic ICT skills and develop and present their talents
  • Access information on important matters like, health, HIV, employment.

Young Africa Botswana has an ICT department.
The introductory ICT course that is offered, is ideal for those who have no experience with computers and covers the basics of using a computer.


Jelena & Maarten ran an NGO in arts and culture back in the Netherlands and Serbia. The work they did involved empowering people through art projects such as graffiti art and street mosaics. While the work continues in both locations, Jelena & Maarten have joined Young Africa as country directors of Young Africa in Botswana.