Welcome to the Youth Development Collaboration Lab

The Youth Development Collaboration Lab (YD Co-Lab) is a collaborative network of organisations and individuals working to advance youth development and empowerment in South Africa. 

We are a collective of youth development enthusiasts, ecosystem actors, organisations and individuals committed to advancing a more effective systems response to advance the youth development agenda. 



Our vision is a South Africa where all young people have the information, knowledge and resources to be socio-economically empowered active citizens. 

We believe in the power that comes from deep collaboration between the right partners and the value of positive youth development to effect meaningful social change and improve the lives of all people in our country. 

We contribute to this vision by building the largest collaborative network of youth development organisations in South Africa. 



Building a collective voice for youth development organisations and others in the ecosystem​​


Understand, grow and recognise the collective impact of individuals, organisations and others in the youth development ecosystem​​


We seek to drive integration and collaboration across the sector between and with all stakeholders, whether civil society, social impact, private and/or public sector.​​


Supporting organisations that are delivering services to youth with shared resources, best practice, and learning​​.

Steering Committee

The YD Co-Lab’s governance, strategy and work is guided by a Steering Committee, which consists of individuals that have worked voluntarily since October 2020 to establish the YD Co-Lab. The Steering Committee Members have engaged with various stakeholders to build the YD CoLab into a powerful voice and place for youth development enthusiasts to meet, work together and accelerate youth development and empowerment in South Africa. 

Picture of Alana Bond

Alana Bond

Steering Committee, Treasurer

Co-Founder & CEO of Lucha Lunako

Rufaro Mudimu

Steering Committee, Chairperson

CEO, enke: Make Your Mark

Nicky Du Plessis

Steering Committee, Deputy Chairperson

CEO, Fieldband Foundation

Jason Bygate

Steering Committee, Member

Senior Partner, Capacitate

Luvuyo Maseko

Steering Committee, Member

Project Manager: Youth Development Innovation, Bertha Centre

Adela Ndlovu

Steering Committee, Member

Partnership Manager, Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator

Kristal Duncan-Williams

Steering Committee, Member

Project Lead, Youth Capital

Ellen Morta

Steering Committee, Member

Regional Operations Manager, Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator

Tsitsi Sekgobela

Steering Committee, Member

Co-Founder & Executive Director, Phronesis Students Development Trust

Zinhle Phakathi

Project Manager

Nkululeko Phakathi

Communications & Admin

Our Community

YD Co-Lab is a community of organisations, companies and individuals addressing the youth development challenges of South Africa head-on. We are building a member-based association where members will:

  • Be part of a community of youth development professionals united by a common purpose to continuously learn, interact, collaborate, and innovate;
  • Access and be part of collaborative action that makes a difference in the South African youth development ecosystem;
  • Gain the credibility, support and professional influence of being part of coordinated advocacy efforts;
  • Network with other professionals in your local area or within a specific youth development sector interest


Current Community Members

Interested in joining?

Complete the registration form to find out more about our  our membership criteria, and activities.

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