Community Youth Development Program gives learners an opportunity to develop their personal abilities while serving their community. It is a two stage community youth development program with; an educational learning program and a community development project. The learning program goal is to stimulate and develop critical thought, foster awareness on social and human rights affairs in local and foreign communities, to use young people’s desire to create change in their surrounding space, by enhancing their skills not only to develop themselves, but also to transform and develop their greater community. The community project goal looks to mobilize and give a platform for the youth in these communities, to voice their concerns and address human security and socio-economic issues, by developing and implementing a community project custom made to fit the needs of their community.
The community program and project will be carried out in South African communities - rural, poor townships or informal settlement - with high violence.
Even though South Africa has one of the leading economies on the African continent, in a country where half of the population is under the age of 39, it is estimated that 72% of those unemployed are under the age of 34 and has the 3rd highest youth unemployment rate in the world. With prevailing high inequalities, high school dropout rates, high gendered violence and child headed families, the youth in these communities lack positive role models, public libraries facilities or access to positive development recreational programs, and much of the youth feels the inability to escape their socio-economic barriers. The youth in South Africa has to take on a more predominant, positive and innovative role in solving the problems faced by their communities and the continent. The TAI program looks to empower learners to transcend their boundaries, to start a collective movement of positive change in their communities, to become future innovators and leaders in whatever field of study they pursue and to invest back in their communities.