YouthBank: West Coast

YouthBank: West Coast

Project Description

YouthBank is aimed at encouraging young people to become involved in philanthropic activities at the community level. YouthBankers do this by firstly identifying assets within the community by means of conducting community Assessments based on appreciative enquiry methodology to determine the shortfalls or needs. After which they set out to raise funds through a myriad of fundraising activities. The funds that are raised are then granted to youth-led or youth focused organisations/groups that are aimed at addressing the identified shortfalls.

The outcomes realized by implementing YouthBank are:
∞ Active citizenship: Young people that are more aware of the community issues and are pro-actively playing a role by implementing pragmatic social actions;
∞ Young Philanthropists: Socially responsive young people that understands that they can play a role as funders and supporters of community initiatives;
∞ Influence decision making: Young people involved in decision-making about where funds should be directed for development purposes

Project Activities:

This year we wish to accelerate the development of the YB model by building on the Bergrivier achievements, while simultaneously implementing the project in two more municipal areas – Cederberg and Matzikama – in partnership with local host organizations (two rural non-profit organizations with a strong focus on youth development) in these respective areas. Here the operational plans will include:
– fieldwork to establish the new YB projects;
– hosting training to facilitate the development of existing and new YB participants;
– communication and coordination;
– implementing various fundraising activities in order to achieve the agreed-to grantmaking targets
– disbursement of YB grants to youth-led or youth-focused organizations and projects
– implementation of grantmaking ceremony.


YouthBank International membership:

The West Coast Community Foundation (WCCF) is a member of an international network of YouthBank practitioners where we are represented by Jeremy Maarman who serves on the Advisory Board. This network is called YouthBank International and has representatives from various parts of the globe. Please have a look at the website for more information: Youth Bank