Democracy Works Academy: Applications for the 2021 Cohort Opens on 15 February 2021

Democracy Works Foundation is offering 20 young South Africans the opportunity to be a part of their free youth leadership Academy, Democracy Works Academy, which develops future civil society leaders. Applications are open between 15 February – 15 March 2021.

This year the Academy will be a five-month online programme that consists of three residential seminars, an online learning platform developed with the University of Pretoria, and mentors for the duration of the fellowship to assist you with setting your personal, leadership, and development goals.

‘Democracy Works Academy offers you the opportunity to engage on South Africa’s socio-economics and its past and present political landscape through the various components provided through the programme and by networking with key figures in politics, business and civil society. It also grants Fellows the chance to obtain practical skills that can be applied to their personal development and the development of their communities.’ – Elaine Pypers, Democracy Works Academy Project Coordinator.

On completion, Fellows are awarded an accredited certificate from the University of Pretoria and a certificate of participation from Democracy Works Foundation. The Academy is offered in partnership with the In-Transformation Initiative (ITI).


  • Young people between the ages of 19-30 years old;
  • Matric;
  • A proven track-record or clear interest in driving social justice and change in South Africa; and
  • Reside in South Africa (South African or long-term, committed residents).

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