Young Leaders Programme/
Young Leaders Programme
Now is the time to stand up as a leader and help all South Africans to see what can be achieved under a DA government. It is time to reignite the spark of hope. As long as we keep faith in our project, the prospects for South Africa are good. As long as we keep rowing together in the right direction, we can become an open, opportunity society. For the next 20 years at least, South Africa will be the most exciting country in the world in which to live and make a contribution to the future. It will be a great story to tell your grandchildren one day. We can overcome our history and shape our future together.
- Helen Zille
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Meet the Young Leaders Class of 2013. Click here to download their profiles.
Frequently asked questions:
1) What is the Young Leaders Programme?
The DA’s Young Leaders Programme (YLP) is a political leadership development programme for South Africans between the ages of 18 and 35 who believe in the DA’s vision of the Open, Opportunity Society for All. Participants of the programme are highly motivated individuals, interested in pursuing a career in politics, with a track record of leadership excellence. Over the course of one year, participants of the programme are equipped with an in-depth political knowledge, critical thinking and communication skills and the opportunity to grow their leadership capacity, self-awareness and emotional maturity.
2) Who can apply?
The YLP is open to all young South Africans between the ages of 18 and 35, who share the DA’s vision of the Open Opportunity Society for All and have proven themselves to be committed and passionate leaders set on making a difference in South Africa. Participants must either be living in South Africa, or if they are temporarily abroad, be returning to South Africa in time for the start of the programme.
3) What do we look for in a potential Young Leader?
Young Leaders are people, who, by their actions and achievements, and the values and principles by which they conduct their affairs, have demonstrated their potential to be a leader and their commitment to contribute towards South Africa’s future.
Young Leaders typically demonstrate many of the following characteristics:
- Personal ideological alignment to the DA’s vision of an Open Opportunity Society for All;
- A high level of interest in South African politics and current affairs;
- Past or current involvement with the DA;
- A good knowledge of DA principles and policies;
- A leadership track record;
- Examples and evidence of having taken initiative, stepping outside normal roles to start something new;
- Good reasoning & critical analysis skills;
- Passion, drive and confidence;
- Motivation to be actively involved in politics;
- A high level of self-awareness, maturity and emotional intelligence.
4) What does the programme entail?
The YLP is carefully designed to develop an entire set of competencies in order to grow a pool of knowledgeable, articulate and emotionally intelligent leaders who can one day lead the party at a national level. These competencies include an in-depth political knowledge, critical thinking and communication skills, as well as a high level of self-awareness. Young Leaders will also enjoy a high level of interaction with senior leaders and public representatives in the Party.
5) How much of my time will it take up?
The YLP is a part-time course, allowing participants to continue with their normal occupation while on the programme. It runs annually from February to November. During the course of the year, the Young Leaders will meet five times for weekend-long retreats. In between retreats, they should be prepared to commit time out of normal work hours to complete programme assignments, meet with mentors and leadership coaches and run a leadership project in their communities.
6) Are there any costs?
All costs directly related to the YLP are covered by the DA.
7) Do I need a tertiary qualification to apply?
You do not need any specific qualification in order to apply. The YLP is open to all South Africans between the ages of 18 and 35.
8) Do I need to be actively involved in the DA in order to apply?
While political involvement will definitely serve to strengthen your application, it is not an absolute requirement. The YLP seeks candidates who believe in the DA’s vision of an Open, Opportunity Society for All and who can illustrate a track record of leadership involvement.
9) How many Young Leaders are selected?
A national group of between 15 and 25 Young Leaders are selected annually.
10) How and when do I apply?
Applications for the Young Leaders Programme Class of 2014 open on Monday, 12 August 2013 and close on Tuesday, 1 October 2013.
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Questions and completed application forms should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or faxed to 086 293 2196.
Applications can also be hand delivered or posted to the:
DA National Head Office
16 Mill Street
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11) What happens after I have submitted my application?
Once you have submitted your complete application package, you will receive an emailed confirmation of receipt from the Young Leaders Programme office.
Within one week of the closing date on Tuesday, 2 October 2013, the programme organisers will contact applicants to inform them of the next stages of the YLP if their applications have been successful.
The selection and recruitment process of the YLP include an online examination, whereafter selected applicants are invited to attend an interview with the Young Leaders selection panel taking place in South Africa’s major cities. If you are unable to attend an interview in the cities the panel will be visiting, we will arrange a telephonic interview.
Successful applicants will be informed of the selection panel’s decision during December 2013. The programme will formally commence in February 2014.