A CONCISE INTRODUCTION TO AFRICAN YOUTH DEVELOPMENT AND WHAT WE CAN DO
African Youth Development Fund (AYDF) was formed in 2004, and over the preceding years the organisation has been committed to developing new ways to impact lives through training and development on the continent of Africa. AYDF’s focus is to maintain and grow that impact.
AYDF offers a range of services which focus on equipping participants. This is done by covering specific activities of the organisations/institutions/Government Departments value chain:
● Situational analysis
● Strategic planning
● Programme conceptualization, design and materials development customised according to client needs
● Youth Development through sports participation
● Training on Leadership, Supervisory skills, Facilitation and presentation skills
● Accredited trainings
● Team building facilitation
● Implementation support i.e. coaching, mentoring, monitoring, evaluation and reporting
● Web-based monitoring system
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What Our Learners Say
A wise man once said “Life begins the moment you move out of your comfort zone” and I believe that’s when my life began in 2010 when I joined AYDF. I attended the team leaders training where our Alex team also met a team from Mamelodi Township (Pretoria).
My expectations were just to be trained on basketball. Initially, I didn’t enjoy the training being a person who was laid back, in a shell and very shy. I was challenged to come out of my comfort zone; I had never had to stand in front of people to deliver a message nor have I ever prepared a flip chart for that purpose before. I was uncomfortable, doubted myself and I Thought this is not for me; however the A YDF trainers were very supportive and motivated me to do my best. A sense of self-belief was instilled as more leadership sessions were present
I learned how to facilitate training sessions, public speaking, managing and leading people to say the least. I started to see the bigger picture of the need to transform the lives of youth in my community by encouraging them to live productive, positive and successful lives.