About Us

Youth Alive Ministries was founded in 1959 by an American Missionary, Mr. Allan Lutz and a South African Mr. Jerry Nkosi. Its focus was on targeting young people who were unchurched through evangelistic outreaches, discipleship and leadership development programs.

In 1960 a centre was built in Dube, Soweto where most of the work was coordinated. New work was started in Eskhawini – Empangeni (Kwazulu – Natal) in 1978, under the leadership of Rev Prince Mntambo.

Youth Alive Ministries is one of the oldest and most successful youth organizations in Soweto that has played a major role in the development of young people. Over the last 50 years, Youth Alive has touched the lives of approximately 50 000 young people who have grown to become responsible and influential members of society. A significant number of them occupy prominent leadership positions in business, government, churches and civil society.

During the apartheid era the organization played a major role in providing an avenue and platform in educating and mobilizing young people to play an important and positive part in bringing change in our society. One of the virtues encouraged and instilled in young people was the importance of education. In the post – apartheid society the organization continued to play an important role in equipping young people to face challenges in their lives like HIV / AIDS, unemployment, and the tasks they have to handle in their different development stages. The organization continues to provide young people with a sense of purpose and direction in their lives as well as equipping them with leadership skills.

Our approach in youth development is aimed at developing young people holistically by focusing our programmes on five aspects of young person's development, namely, spiritual, physical, emotional, psychological and intellectual.

Our Vision.

Transformed young people who have become agents of transformation in the church and society.

Our Mission.

Youth Alive Ministries is an interdenominational Christian youth development organization that communicates the gospel message to young people in Southern Africa, in obedience to the biblical command. We do this through holistic programs, in partnership with churches, schools, government, civil society organization and private sector.

Core Values.

  • Prayerfulness
  • Respectfulness
  • Integrity
  • Servanthood

Aims and Objectives.

  • To carry out the Great Commission, endeavouring to bring young people to a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • To proclaim and teach the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ amongst the young people
  • To inculcate a spirit of living a clean life among young people
  • To proclaim the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ from an interdenominational platform
  • To disseminate the gospel through the publication and distribution of appropriate Christian literature and through the conducting of public evangelistic meetings and events
  • To train, disciple and/or educate young people to be of assistance in their respective denominations
  • To train young people to contribute and give input from a Christian perspective in the new South Africa
  • To train young people to promote, uphold and defend Christian principles, values and norms in a pro-active and non-confrontational manner
  • To do all such other things as are incidental or conducive to the attainment of the foregoing objects.

Board of Directors

John Doe

Leema Mofokeng

Josh Clark

Julius Bogatsu

Mary Jane

Samuel Boikanyo

Nix Maxwell

Itumeleng Matlou

Nix Maxwell

Adelaide Matlejoane

Nix Maxwell

Mareka Monyokolo

Nix Maxwell

Kamogelo Musi

Chiliza Nkabinde

Chiliza Nkabinde

Management and Staff

Team Member

Abe Matlou

Regional Director

Abraham "Abe" Matlou is a long serving staff of Youth Alive Ministries having been with the organization for years and presently its regional director. He has extensive experience in youth leadership development, counselling and mentorship. He is an HIV/AIDS trainer and has travelled countrywide training community leaders and youth on HIV/AIDS. He is the co-founder of Soweto Youth Summit and the deputy chair of Ikageng Board.

Abe grew up in Soweto where he matriculated at Morris Isaac High School in 1977. He holds a degree in Psychology and Communications from UNISA. He has also completed studies in Community Leadership, Advanced Project Management, Managing Employment Process and Organisational Development and Strategic Management.

Team Member

Thokozile Tshabalala

Administrative Secretary

Thoko is an administrative secretary responsible for office administration, reception and related duties. Prior coming to Youth Alive she worked for a Telecom company in 2008 as a receptionist and other office duties.

She joined Youth Alive in 2002 as a volunteer and became a full-time staff in 2009. Thoko holds a Diploma in Travel and Tourism