The Youth Development programme seeks to involve Nelson Mandela University Students who are the membership/volunteer base of Unako, senior high school leaners and Representative Council of Learners (RCL), these different actors are to be brought together in an attempt to equip them with the necessary skills that will develop them to begin to contribute meaningfully in their communities.
The programme entails a mixture of engaging theoretical and practical work which will speak to the main goals of the organisation and contribute to the already existing programmes. The philosophical and theoretical framework will be informed by Paulo Freire’s ideas of society, an engagement with critical literacy and a multi-sensory experience for the participants in the programme.  The methodology shall be centred on using Popular Education as a tool of non-formal education and practice. 
1. The main aims include: 
Empowering the individual to have a greater impact in their communities by developing the agency of young leaders and well rounded, knowledgeable and capable leaders who can make a transformative difference in society.
The main activities which will be undertaken will seek to realise:
  - the democratic process of involving people in services that affect their lives;
 - the personal fulfilment for those involved of belonging to a community;
 - as an aid to community planning.
The above will help in producing young leaders who understand their communities better and can be able to assess their immediate environment which may lead to meaningful reflection and action. This will help participants choose programmes to be involved in to fulfil the practical component of the programme by sharing responsibility and knowledge.
2. The overall process of involvement in the programmes of Unako is by way of empowering participants: 
- to collectively bring about social change and justice by working with communities to identify their needs, opportunities, rights and responsibilities;
- to plan, organise and take action;
- to evaluate the effectiveness and impact of the action.
3. Popular human rights education may use several objectives to serve the goal of empowerment. It may attempt to:
- enhance knowledge about human rights and society in general. 
- enable people to develop critical understanding of their life situation. Through questioning the barriers and structures which prevent the full enjoyment of their rights and freedoms.
- help in the process of value clarification, as thinking people reflect on such values as fairness, equality, and justice.
- bring about attitudinal changes.
- promote attitudes of solidarity, e.g., helping people recognize the struggles of others both at home and abroad as our fellow human beings seek to meet their needs and respond to violations of human rights.
- effect behavioural change, bringing about action that reflects people's respect for one another, e.g., men behaving in non-abusive ways toward women, government officials behaving respectfully toward citizens by honouring everyone's human rights, etc.