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.
Being part of the Young Africa family is a life changing experience, from training young people to be employable, equip them with life skills, to the cultural diversity, exposure and opportunitiesGorata Priscilla Mokgosi Young Africa Botswana
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.
In 2016 Young Africa Botswana started in the backyard garage of the directors and in 2018 moved into the Lady Masire Center in Gaborone. This was made possible through the partnership with the Ministry of Youth Empowerment Sport and Culture Development in Botswana (MYSC). 90% of the vibrant team at Young Africa Botswana are youths. The centre has developed a few innovative programmes such as: Making TVET Cool Campaign, Futuremakers, America On The Move and the Artpreuner Training.