Inkwenkwezi Youth Development Sporting Foundation

Inkwenkwezi Youth Development Sporting Foundation

Inkwenkwezi Youth Development Sporting Foundation IYDSF is a rural youth-led non-governmental, not- for-profit company that uses the power of sport to educate, inspire and mobilize at-risk youth in Ngqushwa local municipality, Prudhoe community in the Eastern Cape.


Mainstream youth in all spheres of society. We use our sport programme as a vehicle to teach life skills. To promote healthy living among youth, and academic excellence. Our Foundation then assists young people in forging their future by helping them access training and employment opportunities. We provide promising students with bursary assistance and ongoing support. To combat crime through integrated, holistic youth development through sport.

Strategic Intent

Empower young people so that a dream of a crime free society wherein the youth is safe, employable, academically achieving, healthy and socially connected is realized.


 Empowered, self-reliant youth who initiate and participate in socio-economic development both of self and others trapped in similar socio-economic conditions.

What we do

IYDSF is a youth-led organization that uses the power of sport to educate, motivate, and inspire children and youth to overcome challenges, and live healthy and productive lives, whilst being game changers in their communities. In addition, programmes encourage community participation, contribute to crime prevention strategies, and promote rural youth safety.

How we do it

We use sports as a vehicle for learning and youth development for female and male youths. To facilitate holistic youth development, we offer and incorporate life skills and work readiness into our programmes.

1. Life skills

IYDSF understands that life skills are essential to achieving healthy and productive outcomes. Life skills education is integrated into all of IYDSF programme activities. Learning areas include:
• Bullying
• Sexual Reproductive Health Rights
• Gender equity
• Domestic Violence
• Drugs and substance abuse
• Violent Extremism
• Personal Hygiene
• Sports science
• Human Rights
• Sex and Sexuality.
• Financial literacy
• Entrepreneurship

2. Permaculture - Inter schools garden competition

We encourage primary school learners to participate in food gardening – providing for the nutrition needs of the schools and surrounding communities. Each year, primary schools in Ngqushwa municipality are invited to participate in the IYDSF inter-school food gardening competition. Learners and educators are trained in permaculture and receive a starter pack kit for their food garden. These gardens are maintained by learners and parents.

3. Work-readiness

​​​To prepare young people for the workplace, IYDSF have partnered with National Youth Development Agency, Harambe and Lullaway (Job centre) to offer graduates and school leavers work readiness programmes and registration onto the employment seekers database.

4. Linking students to higher education funding

​​​​​​One of the primary obstacles to rural youth progressing after completing secondary education, is having the financial resources to follow a higher education learning track. IYDSF, through partnering with the CATHSSETA, link beneficiaries to bursary opportunities.

5. Raising up Game Changer Champions

IYDSF, while addressing need for opportunities to further education, substance abuse and drugs, high levels of youth crime, gender equity, and Sexual Reproductive Health Rights, also focus on determinants of health such as education and employment, to ensure adolescents stay on positive path into adulthood. Game Changer Champions are programme participants who have been engaged in the programme for some time. They are mentored to support and act as role models to younger participants. A total of 50 Game Changer Champions are trained and mentored each year. Key game changer committments:
• Engaging physical fitness
• Avoiding drugs and alcohol
• Employability
• Community service

About organisation

Organisation type

Non-profit organziation


P. O. Box 491
Prudhoe Community
South Africa






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