Applications for the Democratic Alliance Young Leaders Programme in South Africa in 2022 are currently open.
The DA’s Young Leaders Programme (YLP) is a political leadership learning and development programme. It is specifically for South Africans between the ages of 18 and 35 who align themselves with the DA’s values of Freedom, Fairness, Opportunity and Diversity. Participants of the programme are highly motivated individuals, interested in pursuing a career in politics or the public service, with the aim of creating One Nation with One Future.
Worth of Award
- Over the course of one year, participants of the programme will be given the chance to broaden their political knowledge, critical thinking and communication skills.
- Participants will also get to know themselves, and their personal leadership style and development needs a lot better during dedicated sessions on leadership and personal development.
- In addition, Young Leaders will be required to conceptualize and undertake a leadership project, giving them a unique opportunity to expand their influence, self-awareness and emotional maturity, so that they can become dynamic, resilient leaders who are able to tackle politics on the national stage.
Young Leaders typically demonstrate many of the following characteristics:
- A personal ideological alignment to the DA’s vision of One Nation with One Future, rooted in our values of Freedom, Fairness, Opportunity and Diversity;
- A high level of interest in, and knowledge about, South African politics and current affairs;
- An excellent understanding of the DA’s principles and policies;
- A demonstrable leadership track record;
- Examples and evidence of having taken initiative, stepping outside normal roles to start something new;
- The ability to argue and reason well;
- Passion, drive and confidence;
- An authentic motivation to be actively involved in politics in future;
- A high level of self-awareness, maturity and emotional intelligence;
- Involvement in the DA.
How to Apply
In order to apply for the Young Leaders Programme, the following needs to be submitted:
- The online application form completed in full, including, the 2 short essay questions;
- A video recording of maximum 60 seconds, to be uploaded via this application form;
- One reference letter to be uploaded via this application form.
Click here to apply for the Democratic Alliance Young Leaders Programme.
Deadline: Applications for the DA Young Leaders Programme close on August 31, 2022.