The National Youth Policy 2020 was launched in January 2015 and contains a set of goals and commitments by government in advancing youth development through a range of support programmes and strategies to empower youth. Recent programmes with NYDA involved the following:
- Supporting the EPWP Non State Sector’s NPO Programme in the creation of work opportunities for 666 Young people in Free State, Limpopo and Kwazulu Natal (2016/17).
- Implementing the EPWP Non State Sector Youth Build Programme for 500 young people in Free State, Limpopo and Kwazulu Natal (2015/16).
- NICDAM is currently managing a Social Entrepreneurship Skills Programme on behalf of the Midvaal Local Municipality. The purpose of the project is to empower youth participants with the necessary skills and knowledge to conceptualise a social enterprise, develop a viable business plan, and have the basic knowledge to start and run a social enterprises that complies with the minimum requirements of the MMFA and PMFA. The Kgatelopele Mayoral Project was launched in November 2016 and is being implemented at four sites in the Midvaal Municipality.
NICDAM also worked with the Department of Communications and the Department of Correctional Services involving 700 youths in correctional facilities (2006). The accredited learning programme addressed risky behaviour and promoted healthy and ethical decision taking. A computer skills training programme involving 5 unit standards was also trained.
NICDAM has been involved in youth projects in partnership with national institutions such as the previous Umsobomvu Youth Fund, EPWP and NYDA since
- Administering training to youths in Polokwane, Witbank, Pretoria, Johannesburg and Durban. Life skills training was undertaken in all five centres to 88 youths in May 2012. NYDA in-house trainers were utilised for this training.
- Training 70 youth learners and 20 officials in the level Community Health Work Level 4 qualification (2010/2011) in Limpopo.
- Providing mentoring that supports youth led grassroots organisations with the purpose of building their capacity in organisational development in order for them to develop strong organisations that can be eligible for funding.
- NICDAM was appointed by the Department of Labour as a lead provider for the provision of training for the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) on a national level (2004 – 2006). Several training programmes (i.e. life skills, HIV/AIDS) were aimed at the youth