The Community

Youth Volunteering

We are a youth platform which makes volunteering for young people a way to learn new skills, connect and gain a social employability profile. We work with organisations to build awesome volunteer programmes where volunteering has a real and sustainable impact.

  • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Small Business Volunteer Programmes
  • Youth Volunteer Programmes
  • Skills Learnt and Shared Tracking
  • Volunteer Time Tracking
  • Volunteerism Programme Consulting
Volunteer Opportunities

Discover Volunteer Opportunities in your area. Give back and gain skills

Find a volunteer opportunity that will help you learn skills, share skills and build your community.

St Michael's Child & Youth Care Centre

Tutor and Mentor teenaged girls

Donate a Book Campaign

Education researchers are reluctant to pinpoint a single cause for a child’s poor performance at school. But many agree that having access to textbooks is an important contributor to improved performance. This youth month #Donate your used books. The easiest way to give access to knowledge is to donate your used books to someone. All you need to do is take a picture of the handover and share it on Facebook and tag @myhandsandheart and lastly complete yourself report

Unemployed Youth and Entrepreneurs Event

You all invited to attend one of the biggest South African event brought to you by department of education. * Employment opportunities * Business opportunities * Funding opportunities, Access to Markets,Compliance, Business skills Training & Capacity Building, Marketing etc. - Youth Entrepreneurs who Own and/or manage Businesses across Jo'burg regions including those who wish to become Entrepreneurs! You want to register Your own business and don't know how will assist you.

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Our Pillars

Communities are not built with spreadsheets.

We make Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) more immediate and meaningful for individuals and organisations by providing specialist software and paperless consulting services.

Imagine if Monitoring and Evaluation was not mainly about funding, compliance and mandatory reports - but gave you something useful in return? We believe that by improving the collection and reporting of data for M&E, organisations can gain real-time insights to improve their programmes and strategies. With M&E information organised more centrally and timeously, reporting can become an important decision-making tool.
Our individual profiles capture and reflect progress and experience across a range of skills through programme participation. Hard and soft skills gained through volunteering activities and in using the software are also captured - adding rigour and metrics to skills that are often difficult to track.
The Social Collective offers web tools for the collection, storage and reporting of data. It is designed to be used by entire organizations - from fieldworker to director. It offers real-time views of community activity and performance - giving organizations faster insights and verified reports to make actionable decisions.

Stories About Communities, By Communities

Opportunities to make a change may change you.

Being faced with many challenges as a young person, there was a time when everything just seemed impossible. For many years I tried to apply for work but nothing worked out. I felt like giving up but NYDA came along and changed my life eternally. I volunteered for an NYDA project under an organization called my hand and heart and in my days of volunteering, I have learned lot of things and connected with lot of people this gave a huge boost to my network, I am proud to say I am now working and studying and this wouldn't be possible if it wasn't for NYDA for opening doors for me. I'm very grateful to it and may it continue with their great work.

I joined My Hands and Heart 4 years ago as a young person who likes volunteering and doing community work. I have since been doing different programs with them and the NYDA, and its been wonderful. Volunteering has really opened many doors for me as I am also running a youth NPO called Life 4 U Foundation. I have met a lot of people while working with the NYDA who have done a lot to help our youth. I have gained skills which I transferred to the youth we are working with. Therefore I am always grateful to such initiatives that encourage youth volunteering.

Having being faced with the difficulty of finding employment as an inexperienced graduate. I tried over and over to apply for Work Integrated Learning with different companies however, my efforts yielded to nothing. I then decided to go back to school, this too was an impossible mission as I was told that I needed to at least have some sort of experience. I then remembered that I was part of a volunteer project that was rolled out by My hands and heart on behalf of the National Youth Development Agency, that along with some volunteering I did a few years ago with My hands and heart helped me get admission for my B tech application in Public relations management at the Tshwane University of Technology. I have never thought that volunteering would benefit me to this extent, I must say that I am very aware of the benefits of volunteering, I advice all young people to take up volunteering.

Join the Community

Build your volunteering skill and time profile

Volunteer opportunities award skills and time. The more you log, the better your social profile.


Manage and Verify your Social Impact Data

Volunteers can subscribe to your volunteer opportunities. As an adminstrator you can view your public social impact profile and pay a monthly subscription to access your organisation profile to unlock all the powerful features

Sizanani Mentorship Programme

helping high school learners from Alexandra township in Johannesburg to succeed in their studies and gain access to universities through the provision of mentors, career information and bursaries.

United Way South Africa

UWSA mobilises the caring power of communities around the nation to advance the common good.


We are serving our community, to make sure we create better communities.


Simple, Essential Tools

Meet your volunteer management needs in one place, on any device.

Community Board

View, organise and incentivise your entire community on the community leaderboard.

Better Volunteer Matching

We integrate mapping, calendar and personal interests to help volunteers find the most suitable opportunities.

Manage Sessions

Managing volunteering is structured in a 5-step process, taking the guesswork out and putting impact in.

Easy Feedback

Simple forms and direct notifications help you collect feedback from team members, volunteers or administrators.

Impact Stories

Community-generated stories highlight real volunteering experiences.

Social Impact Dashboard

Keep a close eye on key self-defined indicators for social impact.


Project team

Comprehensive online support and real people to help you make the most of your platform.