South Africa history and values
Founded in Johannesburg in 2005, City Year South Africa is a full-time national youth service programme that brings together a diverse group of 18-25 year olds for a year of voluntary service, civic engagement and leadership development.
Founded in Johannesburg in 2005, City Year South Africa is a national youth service programme that brings together a diverse group of 18-25 year olds for a year of voluntary service, civic engagement and leadership development. Working together in teams as tutors, mentors and role models, these City Year South Africa “service leaders” work to support children in schools and youth development centres across Gauteng.
City Year South Africa endeavours to develop a generation of leaders for South Africa who know their value in society and have the skills to make a lifelong contribution to building our nation. Through service and training, City Year’s programme helps young people develop civic knowledge, skills, and equips them with the tools to be active, responsible participants in our society.
City Year is built on the belief that one person can make a difference, and with the vision that one day, service will be a common expectation – and a real opportunity – for citizens around the world.
City Year South Africa works to support the growing national youth service movement in South Africa, with a strong belief that youth service is a powerful vehicle to:
- Develop a generation of young leaders for South Africa
- Enhance employment and educational opportunities for young people
- Address critical developmental needs in schools and communities
- Promote a culture of service across all sectors of society
The power of City Year South Africa comes from ordinary people taking action. To put our idealism into action, we are guided by four values.
In response to South Africa’s youth unemployment crisis, City Year South Africa launched its flagship "ServeToWork" model in 2017, a progamme designed to help service leaders transition from City Year into the workforce.