The Youth Citizens Action Programme (YCAP) evolved from youth dialogue events held in 2008. In 2013 Empowervate Trust was registered as a non-profit organisation and public benefit organisation to play a role in the holistic education of youth, empowering and motivating them to become active citizens. Its core programme is YCAP.
The programme fosters skills development, personal development and makes an impact on the schools and communities in each of the nine provinces. Issues such as environmental issues, social problems, academic challenges and safety are some of the topics that are presented by the learners each year.