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We see young people across Sub-Saharan Africa assuming the role of empowering themselves and their peers to be tomorrow's ethical leaders.

gold Youth Development Agency

location_on Cape Town, South Africa
Our audacious goal is to develop 10 million young African leaders with character & integrity to mobilise their generation with the knowledge, tools and support to reach their full potential, with concrete results in social behaviour change, education & job creation, through embedding the format of long-term peer leaders and mentors into schools and communities.
Susannah Farr, CEO
We’re changing the narrative around the youth bulge crisis at the bottom of the pyramid. We see a massive youth dividend to be harnessed. This is Africa’s hope. There is no plan B.

Susannah Farr, CEO


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Innovation Overview

13 - 26
Age Group
74 000
Updated on May 10th, 2021
about the innovation

gold Youth Development Agency

What we do? gold-youth is creating a movement to introduce and embed long-term peer role models and mentors into all schools and communities, thereby changing the system of youth education and upbringing in Sub-Saharan Africa. gold-youth seeks to bring about sustained community change from the ground up, through an ‘each-one- reach-one’ model of youth peer education which casts every young person in Sub-Saharan Africa as a future nation-builder. gold-enterprises, its social enterprise arm, seeks to make that change sustainable by sharing the gold methodology to a wider market through training and consulting services and incubating micro-businesses at grassroots. By building on the human capital creation of the gold Model, and leveraging access to gold communities, gold-enterprises aims to enable youth job creation and economic independence in communities where few, if any, meaningful economic opportunities exist for youth. 

Why we do it? More than half of young people in Sub-Saharan Africa, who make up the largest part of the population, are born into poverty, growing up in communities that visibly offer no hope. Far from having ethical role-models, they often do not believe that they have purpose, potential nor equal value to others. We want to transform the role of young people from being passive recipients of negative norms to proactive social and economic change agents who assume the role of empowering themselves and their peers to become the ethical leaders of tomorrow.


HundrED Academy Review

A superbly powerful program for the teens. Loved the idea and ho it can easily scaled to any community. Each one reach one is an absolute wonderful concept for peer mentoring.

- HundrED Academy Member

The idea is fantastic because it is about giving children ownership of their destiny. It is about giving those in the hardest areas of the world the opportunity to find out about the strength, courage and commitment that they have within themselves to achieve and succeed.

- HundrED Academy Member
The program benefits various stakeholders: facilitator interns, peer educators and peers and younger children. It has many partners that helps to implement their programs in different countries. Their programs are highly trans-formative and it has succeeded for more than ten years with hundreds of success stories.
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Achievements & Awards

November 2019
MTN Awards for Social Change: Rewarding good M&E – Medium Category Winner
August 2019
African Union Innovating Education in Africa Innovator’s Award
June 2018
Selected for Ashoka Globalizer Programme: Systems change approach for global scale
April 2016
Regional Business Women Achiever Awards: gold CEO was the winner in the social entrepreneur category
November 2013
Impumelelo Social Innovation Awards: Award Winner for work towards systemic government collaboration
October 2013
Impumelelo Social Innovation Award for Education
June 2006
1st Prize: Commonwealth Good Practice Education award

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