Coega’s Youth Leadership Development Programme is an annual academy focusing on enhancing leadership qualities in students in higher learning institutions across South Africa, especially those in the Eastern Cap

The programme not only aims to equip young leaders with conceptual content and insights, but also brings them in contact with successful and innovative leaders in society.

The Coega Youth Leadership Academy seeks to give young people the self-confidence to take up leadership positions, while also acting as a mechanism to promote young people as drivers of social transformation.

This programme is not just about individual self-development skills. It places social capital development alongside personal development.

An important aspect of the programme is the recognition that leadership is the everyday act of improving other’s lives, and knowing that when leaders fail, a nation literally suffers. This knowledge empowers the youth to understand that when we talk leadership, we are focusing on what truly matters in our society.