The Young Patriots Programme (YPP) is an initiative of the National Department of Arts and Culture and facilitated by the National Youth Development Agency.
The aim of the programme is to create a cadre of young people that are proud and caring South Africans. The objective of the YPP is to promote social cohesion and nation building so that young people become more conscious and take pride of their nationality. Furthermore it seeks to educate youth about their history and heritage – as well as the role played by young people in the struggle for national liberation. It is hoped they will then appreciate South African democracy as well as creating job opportunities for youth in the arts, culture and heritage sector.