About Us

18twenty8® is an award-winning, women-led Non-Profit Organisation that empowers young women by developing strategies for their educational and personal development. We encourage young women, between the ages of 18 and 28, to pursue higher education as an attractive and necessary tool for their empowerment. Our approach is empathetic, skills-enhancing and relevant to the young women we serve since we have experienced some of their challenges first-hand. Our vision is of a South Africa in which girls and young women are educated and empowered to lead.

Our Programmes

Life-skills workshops

We facilitate life-skills workshops for girls In Grade 11 and Grade 12 at high schools in marginalised communities

Financial assistance

Covers the higher education expenses of young women of South Africa.

Big Sister Network

Our network is a pool of educated, professional women who are established in their respective careers

Leadership Camp

An offsite, weekend experience that harnesses young women’s ability to lead by building self-confidence

Life-skills workshops

#NOTNEXT Project on gender based violence

Research pilot with high school learners before launching our project on gender-based violence.

Green Girls
  • Urban environmental awareness and conservation
  • Recycling
  • School clean-up campaigns
  • Exposure to various careers in the green economy
  • Climate change basics
  • Reducing my carbon footprint
Hip & Healthy (Part 1)
  • HIV / AIDS
  • Sexual responsibility and planned pregnancy
  • Personal hygiene
  • I am my own Blesser
  • Anti rape and GBV
  • Self defence

Partners & Donors

Graduate Stories

Jessica Brown
Kyanna Claro
Lerato Monama