Young Leaders

Applications for the 2013 DA Young Leaders Programme have now closed. Please check back in September 2013 for details about the 2014 application process. 

Download an application form here.

Want to know more about the Young Leaders Programme? Download an information brochure here. Or meet the Class of 2012.


The DA’s Young Leaders Programme (YLP) is a programme for young South Africans who want to change the face of South African politics and who have the potential to do so. This yearlong, part time leadership development programme is exclusively designed to give participants the skills, knowledge and confidence required to be the future leaders of the Democratic Alliance and South Africa.

The YLP is open to all young South Africans between the ages of 18 and 35, who share the DA’s vision of the Open Opportunity Society for All and have proven themselves to be committed and passionate leaders set on making a difference in South Africa.

Participants must either be living in South Africa, or if they are temporarily abroad, be returning to South Africa in time for the start of the programme. The programme is limited to 15 – 20 participants annually.

- Young Leaders are people, who, by their actions and achievements, demonstrate many of the following characteristics:A high level of interest in South African politics and current affairs;

- Past /current involvement with DA;

- Good knowledge of DA principles and policies;

- Alignment with the DA’s vision of an Open Opportunity Society for All;

- Proven track record of having successfully held leadership positions in the past;

- Initiative – evidence of having stepped outside normal roles to start something new;

- Good reasoning & critical analysis skills;

- Intellectual curiosity;

- Passion, drive, optimism and confidence;

- Motivation to be actively involved in politics; and,

- Self Awareness.

Following the closing date, selected applicants will be invited to complete an online examination and to attend an interview with the Young Leaders selection panel. Successful applicants will be informed of the selection panel’s decision by the end of November 2012. The programme will formally commence in February 2013.

The decision of the selection panel will be final and no correspondence will be entered into on the selection or not of individual candidates.

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