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

Big Sister Network

Provides mentors to young women pursuing higher education.

Financial assistance

Covers the higher education expenses of young women.

Leadership Camp

An offsite, weekend experience that harnesses young women’s ability to lead by building self-confidence, social consciousness, leadership acumen and self-awareness.

Life-skills workshops

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