National Youth Service NYS Application Forms 2024-2025
NATIONAL YOUTH SERVICE PROGRAMME
National Youth Service Programme (NYSP) is a government initiative aimed at engaging South African youth in community service activities to strengthen service delivery, build patriotism, promote nation-building, foster social cohesion and to assist the youth to acquire occupational skills necessary to access sustainable livelihood opportunities. The NYDA provides a secretarial function to the National Youth Service, which is the single largest service programme for young people in the country.
TYPP engaged 300 young patriots across the country to activate the strategic objectives of the DAC. The key areas of work for the young patriots include activities aimed at popularising national symbols such as the national anthem and the national flag in schools, the audit of human treasures in communities as well as installation of flag poles. These activities are intended to build awareness on the South African history and instill a sense of patriotism amongst the recruited patriots.
The NYDA has a long-standing partnership with the Flemish Government on youth development. The cooperation between the NYDA and the Flemish Government on up-scaling and promoting Youth Volunteering in civil society organisations was launched in 2012 and the new 5 year framework has been developed for 2015-2020, focusing on capacity building, knowledge generation, marketing and communication and lobbying and advocacy.
The NYDA has identified the need to take practical steps to increase youth volunteering because of the significant benefits that are likely to flow from involving young South Africans in volunteering and community service programmes. Research suggests that volunteering helps youth break the poverty cycle by facilitating access to decent work.
This could therefore assist in alleviating South Africa’s high unemployment levels which affect mostly young people. In addition, youth volunteering can develop young leaders to take responsibility, foster social cohesion, encourage greater citizen participation, generate respect for equality, promote diversity and develop individual and collective voices.