Mission Statement

We are an international Generation-Y group raising global awareness of the plight of endangered African wildlife and wildlife crime through experiential research, social media, photography and film.


Youth 4 African Wildlife (Y4AW) is a registered Non-Profit Organization working with youths to create global conservation ambassadors. The organization was founded in 2013 by South African conservationist and businessman Dex Kotze. Y4AW mainly focuses on the awareness and species protection aspects of conservation.True to our mission statement, we mainly raise awareness through experiential research, social media, photography and film. This is packaged in the form of a conservation internship aimed at young adults from all over the world.


Although the organization was registered in 2015 our work began in 2013 and since then we have had 64 international students travel to South Africa for participation in our exclusive internship programs and directly contribute to foreign exchange and tourism. Supported since inception by businessman Dex Kotze,  we have been involved in the contribution of more than R1 000 000.00 towards various conservation initiatives, helping one South African student kick-start their conservation career, and are currently working to get more South African students into the conservation industry.

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Since 2013, five different groups of young adults experienced life in the African bush where they used film and photographic equipment in their research to help raise vital concerns of the dire situation that is caused by international wildlife crimes across the African continent.