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About the Global Opportunity Youth Network (GOYN)

The Global Opportunity Youth Network (GOYN.org) is a global initiative catalysing systems shifts for opportunity youth through the creation of sustainable training, employment, and income-earning pathways. Housed at the Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions and co-led by partners Prudential Financial Inc., Global Development Incubator, YouthBuild International, Accenture and Catholic Relief Services. GOYN is currently being implemented in Brazil, India, Kenya, Colombia, South Africa, Mexico and Senegal.

The Global Opportunity Youth Network works in eThekwini South Africa to create economic mobility for “Opportunity Youth” — young people aged 15-29 who are out of school, unemployed, or working in informal jobs.

Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator is the anchor partner for GOYN in eThekwini, and has partnered with the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA), Accenture and YouthBuild to deliver through a multi-channel platform called SA Youth.

Youth voices from eThekwini

Youth voices are at the centre of the GOYN solution. The Youth Advisory Group (YAG) is responsible for ensuring that youth issues are identified and mainstreamed across the GOYN project activities, working closely with the GOYN eThekwini team. View the members of the Youth Advisory Group here.

The Youth Innovation Fund (YIF) is another GOYN initiative that supports youth-created and youth-led projects. Meet some of our eThekwini beneficiaries:

Miyelani Shirindza is enthusiastic and passionate about mental health.

With the assistance of the Youth Innovation Fund (YIF), she created a project that aims to provide counselling to learners in her community and help them develop effective coping skills. It encourages positive behaviour change, enhances academic success and reduces criminal behaviour and drug use.

While excited, she admits that she didn’t know how much work it would take to make her idea into a reality. The programme has helped her think critically about her project in every phase and deeply understand what it takes to make it a success.

Sipho Tembe wants to leave a positive mark on the world he has a love for people and his community, which led him to complete a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work.

Sipho’s project aims to address root causes of Gender Based Violence (GBV) in his community. His project offers facilitated sessions, mentorship and training for boys and men.

Sipho heard about SA Youth, registered online and applied for and got accepted to the Youth Innovation Fund (YIF) opportunity. He engaged in all the virtual trainings, project planning and budgeting sessions to equip himself for success. The grant, training and support provided by the programme has helped take his project from an idea to reality in his community.

While excited, she admits that she didn’t know how much work it would take to make her idea into a reality. The programme has helped her think critically about her project in every phase and deeply understand what it takes to make it a success.

Nompumelelo Mkhize is highly driven and passionate about her community.

Her project, Empowering Young People through Performance Arts, is an after-school programme for teenagers that aims to help them navigate life’s challenges by expressing themselves through performing arts, recording it and upload it on social media.

She lost her job due to the pandemic and while searching for a job, she started a community project to keep busy. She registered for SA Youth and came across the Youth Innovation Fund (YIF) opportunity which has helped take her project to the next level.

Watch the video created by Nompumelelo Mkhize, a Youth Innovators from eThekwini, South Africa.

Bheka Mbonambi is young, energetic, confident, and hardworking – he is passionate about farming and after school he began his tertiary education in horticulture. He graduated with a National and Advanced Diploma in Sustainable Horticulture from the Durban University of Technology.

His project, Enriching Foundation, focusses on sustainability, biodiversity and traditional knowledge. He plants mostly indigenous plants in two schools in KwaMashu, Durban.

He first saw SA Youth in an TV insert and soon after on Facebook, so he registered and soon began a 3-month programme to launch a project in his community through the Youth Innovation Fund (YIF).

Miyelani Shirindza is enthusiastic and passionate about mental health.

With the assistance of the Youth Innovation Fund (YIF), she created a project that aims to provide counselling to learners in her community and help them develop effective coping skills. It encourages positive behaviour change, enhances academic success and reduces criminal behaviour and drug use.

While excited, she admits that she didn’t know how much work it would take to make her idea into a reality. The programme has helped her think critically about her project in every phase and deeply understand what it takes to make it a success.

Sipho Tembe wants to leave a positive mark on the world he has a love for people and his community, which led him to complete a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work.

Sipho’s project aims to address root causes of Gender Based Violence (GBV) in his community. His project offers facilitated sessions, mentorship and training for boys and men.

Sipho heard about SA Youth, registered online and applied for and got accepted to the Youth Innovation Fund (YIF) opportunity. He engaged in all the virtual trainings, project planning and budgeting sessions to equip himself for success. The grant, training and support provided by the programme has helped take his project from an idea to reality in his community.

While excited, she admits that she didn’t know how much work it would take to make her idea into a reality. The programme has helped her think critically about her project in every phase and deeply understand what it takes to make it a success.

Nompumelelo Mkhize is highly driven and passionate about her community.

Her project, Empowering Young People through Performance Arts, is an after-school programme for teenagers that aims to help them navigate life’s challenges by expressing themselves through performing arts, recording it and upload it on social media.

She lost her job due to the pandemic and while searching for a job, she started a community project to keep busy. She registered for SA Youth and came across the Youth Innovation Fund (YIF) opportunity which has helped take her project to the next level.

Watch the video created by Nompumelelo Mkhize, a Youth Innovators from eThekwini, South Africa.

Bheka Mbonambi is young, energetic, confident, and hardworking – he is passionate about farming and after school he began his tertiary education in horticulture. He graduated with a National and Advanced Diploma in Sustainable Horticulture from the Durban University of Technology.

His project, Enriching Foundation, focusses on sustainability, biodiversity and traditional knowledge. He plants mostly indigenous plants in two schools in KwaMashu, Durban.

He first saw SA Youth in an TV insert and soon after on Facebook, so he registered and soon began a 3-month programme to launch a project in his community through the Youth Innovation Fund (YIF).

Sbusiso has dreams of starting an organisation that focuses on helping youth in his community. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Development Studies and recently applied to GOYN where he was successful in two opportunities. Firstly, as a member of the eThekwini Youth Advisory Group and then as an Education Assistant at a school.

These opportunities have changed his life by providing invaluable work experience, helping him prepare for the world of work, and shifting him into a growth mindset. He now feels confident to zigzag through his employment journey.

Sbusiso wants to encourage other young South Africans to take every opportunity with both hands as it is a chance to learn and equip themselves for the future.

Kerryanne is interested in business administration and health and safety. After matriculating, she completed a certificate in Health and Safety and then began searching for opportunities. She found a few entry-level opportunities through GOYN on the internet, applied and was successful for an Education Assistant position. 

This opportunity has given her invaluable work experience, built her confidence and helped her support herself and her family. Kerryanne wants to encourage all young people to join SA Youth to find opportunities and not give up.

Doreen Phiwe Mkhize has always dreamt of becoming a counsellor. After matriculating, she didn’t have a clear path to achieve her dreams and decided to commit to completing a one-year course. She tried many different avenues to study further but barriers such as finance and clear career guidance blocked her path. 

Doreen found an entry-level job and succeed in the position for 6 years until she was retrenched. She continued to search daily for work and finally found an opportunity through GOYN. She applied and landed the position as an Education Assistant. Doreen expresses how this job has given her purpose, helped her provide for her family and allowed her to find a clear vision for her future. She has taken the opportunity with both hands and continues to try her best, she has applied to study a part-time counselling course through her church to take steps towards her dreams. 

Research and Insights

Breaking Barriers Quarterly Report

Breaking Barriers is a report published by Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator and is based on the findings of the Stats SA Quarterly Labour Force Survey. It aims to explore the barriers faced by young people and provide insights and solutions to address youth unemployment in South Africa.

Global Opportunity Youth Network – Market Intelligence Report

The objective of the Market Intelligence report is to help the Global Opportunity Youth Network (GOYN) to move Opportunity Youth into meaningful careers in formal employment, and to empower youths to build their own entrepreneurial ventures in South Africa, particularly in eThekwini. This report finds 22 issues to be addressed and clusters them into five key groupings that hamper youths from finding meaningful work in eThekwini.

The Future is Young Learning Series | Collaborative Infrastructure: The Foundation of Systems Change for Youth Employment – February 2022

GOYN’s ‘The Future is Young’ Learning Series seeks to identify and present scalable solutions for youth economic opportunity that can inspire others to act. This first instalment makes the case for investing in young people and presents the cornerstone of GOYN’s approach: the creation of Collaborative Infrastructure for scaled impact and systemic change.