About Us

Make A Difference

Let’s help them together.

Youth Advocates works with the government and communities to safeguard and promote the rights of children and young people. Over the years we have demonstrated experience with holistic programming for children, young people and women; integrating SRHR/HIV/GBV with livelihoods, climate action and social protection. Our approach is simple. We implement evidence-based programs that focus on impoverished areas in the community.

We pioneer innovative grassroots programs that shift the focus from immediate behavioral factors to the structural drivers that directly and indirectly increase young people’s exposures to boot SRHR outcomes, HIV, poverty, gender inequality, sexual violence, public policies and lack of education.

Mission Statement

To empower all children & young people with knowledge, skills, resources and opportunities for healthy, productive, and fulfilling lives.

Help People Now

Strengthening the SRHR and economic capacity of youths.

Adolescents and Youth needs are not the same, our innovative approach links integrated SRHR/GBV/HIV information and services with skills building and entrepreneurship for young people.

Optimum Health

Quality Education

Adolescents and women social protection and economic strengthening

Values & Principles

Youth Advocates values are encapsulated in the "Three P's"

People Centered

We work to advance youth rights and address the needs of young people especially girls and women in ultra-poverty

Program Quality

We deliver evidence based programs in a transparent and accountable manner

Pioneering Approaches

We champion use of technology and innovative approaches

Regional Office Staff

Meet those who help others in need.

Board of Directors

Charles Wasekiwa

Board Chair

A seasoned Corporate Banker with extensive customer relationship and credit management experience coupled with a solid understanding of the banking sector, financial markets, investments, accounting and corporate advisory services, who is diligent, reliable and hardworking. Believes in continuous learning and seats on various boards.

Allan Nhodo (ACCA)

Board Treasurer

A financial controller and Manager at one of Zimbabwe's leading corporates. Allan has worked at senior level in accounting for over 5 years and brings solid experience in finance and audit

Sheila Evans

Vice Chair

A lawyer and partner at one of Zimbabwe's leading law firms. She serves on various boards including board member Tax Management. Member to ZWLA. Member to Justice for children. Member to New Start Children’s Home. Member  to MISA. Member to Healthy life Institute. A founding member of the Kempton Makamure labour series 2003/4


Tatenda Songore

Executive Director

Along with a deep conviction in the power of young people to solve complex human development challenges, Tatenda is an award-winning social entrepreneur and brings extensive experience in both human development and humanitarian response. A researcher, innovator, and vocal advocate for children, youth, and gender equality. He has dedicated his career to creating a more just world for the ultra-poor.

Talent Mubonesi

Finance & Administration Lead

Ms Mubonesi is experienced in financial policy development, enterprise risk management, financial disclosures, strategic planning and budgeting. She has extensive experience in applying international accounting standards in large and diverse organizations. Talent has managed grants from EU, USAID, PEPFAR, UNICEF, UNFPA and SADC.

Nokuphiwa Moyo

Impact & Programs Lead

Nokuphiwa's leadership helps to ensure that Youth Advocates delivers measurable, cost-effective results. Her management of impact and programs operations brings the organization closer to meeting its goal of providing holistic, human-centered solutions to meet complex development challenges. She has managed grants from multiple donors including USAID, UNFPA and UNICEF.

Regional Staff

Knowledge Manyere

Finance & Compliance Officer

Knowledge is ACCA certified and leads Youth Advocates' efforts to identify and manage risks across its programs and grantee portfolio through a comprehensive program of compliance and internal audits. He also ensures that YA complies with rules and regulations in an increasingly complex regulatory environment. Knowledge has over 5 years of experience in finance and management. He also has expertise in accounting, risk management and internal audit, in addition to deep knowledge of how to use financial data effectively.

Rufaro Magadza

Senior Programme Officer

"Listening is often the only thing needed to Help someone."

Agnes Sibanda

Programs Officer

"Motivated to speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves."

Mercy Nkomo

Case Management Officer

 "I value working as a Case management officer,  my work is crucial in identifying  client’s needs  and connecting them with services and resources to meet them for an optimal outcome."

Zwidzai Chinyowa

Research & Documentation Officer

"Young people have the right to information and skills they need to protect their health."

Project Officers

Terrence Makusha

Masvingo District Officer

"Young people of all backgrounds deserve access to accurate, comprehensive and age-appropriate SRH information and services."

Ndumiso Ncube

Bulawayo District Officer

"Preventing sexual violence starts with what we teach boys in communities."

© Copyright 2024. All Rights Reserved