Our Awards

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Our achievements have been widely recognised from a range of actors including award selection committees, independent evaluators and auditors


  • Gauteng Premier’s Service Excellence Silver Award
  • Champion of Youth Award from EMpower
  • Winner of Dragon’s Den competition at Trialogue
  • IkamvaYouth’s Mahikeng and Ikageng branches won an award for Excellence in Stakeholders Participation from the Bokone Bophirima Department of Education and Sport Development (DoE). Two tutors from each branch also won awards for Excellence in Volunteerism.


  • YearBeyond programme won the silver prize in the WCG Service Excellence Awards for the Best Public Service Innovator (team) in the Western Cape Government
  • Runners-up in the Drivers’ of Change Footprint awards


  • Included in Fundacion Telefonica’s Top 100 Educational Innovations


  • Received a scholarship for the GSBI Accelerator program.
  • A Regional Business Achiever Award in the Social Entrepreneur category from the Business Women’s Association of South Africa
  • Country Winner for the Welfare & Civil Society Organisations Sector of CEO Magazine’s Most Influential Women in Business and Government Award
  • Regional Winner for the SADC Region in the Welfare & Civil Society Organisations Sector of CEO Magazine’s Most Influential Women in Business and Government Award


  • IkamvaYouth received the Stars Impact Award in Education
  • Founder and Director Joy Olivier is awarded Ashoka fellowship
  • Joy Olivier recognised as one of SA’s Most Influential Women in Business & Government
  • Gauteng District Coordinator Patrick Mashanda featured in the M&G’s Top 200 Young South Africans
  • Patrick Mashanda received the Inyathelo Philanthropy Award for Youth Development, 2013.


  • Featured on the WorldBlu’s World’s Most Democratic Workplaces list
  • Zamo Shongwe (National Coordinator) featured in the Mail & Guardian Book of Women


  • Featured in the Mail & Guardian’s Top 200 Young South Africans list
  • Joy Olivier is a finalist for the Shoprite / Checkers Women of the Year Award.


  • Winner in the civil society category of the prestigious Mail & Guardian and Southern African Trust’s “Drivers of Change” Award.


  • Finalist in the Ashoka Changemaker’s ‘Champions of Quality Education in Africa’ Award sponsored by Ashoka and the Hewlett Foundation.
  • Commendation from the International Youth Foundation as 1 of 20 Social Entrepreneurial projects from around the world worthy of special mention (January 2009).


  • Winner of the Youth ActionNet Fellowship Award.


  • Top 30 Development Gateway
  • Global Junior Challenge Winner
  • Nazeema Isaacs Library, the home of IkamvaYouth’s first branch, was awarded the Age of Hope Trophy for being the most-involved community library.


  • GKP/WSIS Youth and ICT Award
  • Selected as one of 20 social enterprises for sponsored participation in the Global Social Benefit Incubator