About Southern African Association of Youth Clubs

Southern African Association of youth clubs is a non- profit organisation formed primarily to serve young people across South Africa.

Southern African Association of Youth Clubs

Southern African Association of Youth Clubs

SAAYC is a registered non-profit youth organisation, governed by an independent board that is managed and coordinated by a team of youth practitioners, led by the Executive Director.

Since its inception in 1937, the Southern Africa Association of Youth Clubs (SAAYC) has been involved with transforming young people in South Africa. It has grown into a bigger institution, which has gone through a number of transformations and change of government policies, from apartheid to the currently democratic government, aimed at empowering all Southern African young people to gain their independence, realize their self-worth, develop a positive image about themselves and restore their dignity.

Like any other organization, SAAYC continued to transform and challenge itself to meeting the needs of the growing youth population.

SAAYC provides training and programme support services to youth leaders, youth groups, individuals, professionals, youth workers and youth organisations and structures from our head office and through our resource centres.

Our services include
  • Development of, and training in leadership skills
  • Social Entrepreneurship Trainings
  •  Policy and advocacy for youth work
  • Ictage Programme (Computer based training’s)
  • Mentorship Programme
  • Youth camps and holiday programs for young women and men.

Over 84 years, SAAYC has changed its mandate, vision and mission to reflect the demographic of the  young people we service.

The organisation is currently providing the much needed and valued support and services primarily to South African young people across the country benefit from its various programmes through the youth centres and SAAYC Youth centres  in Soweto, Etwatwa, Orange Farm (Gauteng), and in the Free State.

The organisation offers a variety of programmes to young people and other youth formations in the country by means of several youth centres based in communities.

In addition to a range of education, training,Life Skills and personal growth programmes, it offers youth camps and holiday programmes, job creation initiatives, Education Support programmes and training initiatives, and gender and racism discussion groups for young men and women.

A cornerstone for youth development focusing on pioneering: 

• Leadership Development

• Social Entrepreneurship

• Information Communication Technology

• Life Skills

Mission and Vision


To facilitate and implement integrated youth development programmes through collaboration

with strategic partners for the benefit of young people in Southern Africa.



Young People Living their dreams


A driving Force for young pioneering spirit




Strategic Focus Areas