Empowered Youth


The internationally recognised growth mind-set, mental health and skills-development training academy dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for young people across the Globe, regardless of their background. Students are inspired, guided and mentored on how to challenge their assumptions, broaden their aspirations and create successful careers and fulfilling lifestyles.




  • Re-motivate students after a highly disruptive period of inconsistent learning.
  • Positively enhance the quality of lives of young people in an impactful and measurable manner.
  • To operate as a third party separate from any formal/traditional learning institution in order to meet students on their level, gain trust, build confidence and cool-ify the messaging.
• Build a network of strong, confident, young individuals and support them to know they are not on their own.

• Offer students guidance towards opportunities of internships, work experience opportunities and more.

• Help students build confidence, grit, self-belief, critical thinking and many other skills that allow them to live fulfilling and prosperous lives full of contribution, passion and purpose.

• Add value and increase to student’s lives regardless of their background.


  • Inspire, guide and mentor young people to identify, unlock and utilise their full potential.
  • Equip students with skills and tools required to create their own Wealth, Health, Happiness and Success.
  • Develop mental health and a growth-mindset while inspiring a willingness to learn.

• Enable students to be “real-world” ready once they finish their studies (Employability and Entrepreneurship).

• Encourage students to challenge their aspirations and broaden their horizons.

• Enhance student’s self-belief abilities and decision-making skills.

• Empower students by providing resources, skills, tools and opportunities for personal growth.

• Demonstrate to students the core qualities that lead to prosperity and a life of purpose.

• Providing students with advice and access to further learning opportunities.

• Constant messaging aimed towards employability and entrepreneurship, financial literacy, and real-world readiness

• Guide students in their development of personal, community, and global leadership skills.


  • Students are mature, confident, determined and strong-willed.
  • Students have a strong sense of identity, direction and optimism.

  • Students are courageous and decisive.

• Students become involved learners and leaders.

• Students understand what is needed to unlock their potential.

• Students are connected with and contribute to their world.

• Students are effective communicators.

• Students understand the benefit of continuous learning and helping others.

• Students are connected with and contribute to their world.

• Students are effective communicators.

• Students understand the benefit of continuous learning.


The lessons, workbooks, challenges and live Q&A sessions are delivered virtually. Each week a new lesson is unlocked and are accessed via the Empowered Youth Academy LMS platform.

  • 36 x weekly video lessons (9 months)
  • 36 x weekly challenges
  • 36 x weekly workbooks
  • 36 x weekly live Q&A sessions
  • Pre- and Post- training evaluation
  • Certificate of completion
  • Further opportunities


Total duration: +– 60 to 70 hours

Video Lessons are 20 to 30 minutes each, Live Q&A sessions are scheduled for 60 minutes per week, and Challenges take anything between 15 minutes and 2 hours to complete.


Each person that joins the Empowered Youth Academy will indirectly sponsor a student-in-need with the same opportunity through the Greg Secker Foundation’s international outreach programme. Free access to the Academy will be made available to a deserving student from a Youth Group, NPO, YOI, or disadvantaged school on your behalf.

Regions include the UK, South Africa, Kenya, India, and the Philippines.

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Founder and Managing Director of “Empowered-Youth” in the UK, South Africa, Kenya and India – Dene Botha is a self-taught entrepreneur who has dedicated the past 10 years of his life training young people on essential life-skills that bridge the gap between teenager/ adolescent and adulthood. These multimedia platforms are aimed at inspiring, guiding and mentoring young people around the globe to broaden their horizons, challenge their aspirations and ideally live their ultimate lives.

Also known for having hosted multiple TV shows, a radio personality, international motivational speaker, Forex trader and coach, salesman, brand ambassador coach, actor and model, extreme sports athlete, rhino activist, Guinness World Record holder and all round lover of life, Dene has a confident approach to life and business and has an extremely passionate demeanour – The excitement is clearly demonstrated when providing insight on all and any things youth related.

Starting with a ‘Salesman of the year’ award in Grade 1, he was on stage in professional productions at seven, modelling for international magazines at 10 and starting several businesses that saw him earning more than his teachers while still at school Experience as an estate agent, forex trader and coach, extreme athlete, brand ambassador, event commentator, MC, motivational speaker and surf-coach trainer, and even a small-restaurant owner, along with extensive international travel, culminated in his ultimate career-path – assisting teenagers and young adults to improve their future prospects and quality of life.

Empowered Youth, Inspired Youth and Empowered-Youth he believes, are a culmination of his life’s work. Presenting & performing, motivating & coaching, and an undeniable passion for the youth as a whole. He’s been working since the age of 13 y/o and his passion and determination is what has lead him and his business, Empowered Youth, to become leaders within the Inspiration and Guidance industries.

Dene has the skill of presenting formal and educational content, in a cool manner with an underlying brand awareness objective.

From hosting live music festivals to commentating extreme sports events, international modelling for print and ramp (Including being one of the highly acclaimed Cosmopolitan Calendar guys in 2009), radio show host to shooting over a hundred TV commercials and even presenting TV shows and winning several reality TV shows (Including South Africa’s Most Irresistible Man in 2011) naked sky-diving to raise money for Rhino conservation and now hosting Empowered Youth content at live events, on TV, radio and digital platforms, Dene has a strong presenter presence and the ability promote a brand, work a crowd, get the energy flowing, and provide guests with relevant info… in a fun, aspirational, informative and professional manner.

Dene now hops between London, which he currently calls home, Cape Town and Johannesburg for work as the Empowered Youth movement has gained interest from many leading companies, educational institutes, Government departments, overseas investors and media from all corners of the globe. Having been featured in Fast Company Magazine as one of “2018’s Most Creative People in Business” and a double page article in GQ South Africa the following month, Dene has become one of the leading authorities in anything relating to Youth Skills Development and Training.

Earlier in 2019 the company received huge interest from several international partners and Empowered-Youth was born – The UK version of Empowered Youth set to improve the lives of millions of teens and students in and around the UK and abroad.


Success Habits


Your Money Mojo

Being Boss!

Work Readiness

Global Citizenship

How to Learn Quickly and Smash Your Exams

The Art of Pitching

Killer CV’s and Nailing the Job Interview

Leadership and Mindfulness

Sales 101 & The Importance of Smiling

Self-discovery is Self-worth



Your Communication Toolkit

Critical Thinking

Entrepreneurship 101

Public Speaking

W.T.F? – What’s The Future?

Environment and Climate (Sustainability)

Ikigai: Passion + Purpose


Time Management

Kaizen: Constant Expansion and Improvement of Oneself

Personal Branding

Thriving Beyond

Health: Mental, Physical and EQ

Courage & Facing Fear

Money Making Ideas

The Dark Stuff: Bullying, Drugs and Even Death

Self-Belief… Is Your Everything

Entrepreneurship 201

The Wheel of Life

Superhuman Skills

Mind-set Management

Starting Your Own Business


Total duration: +- 65 hours 

Video lessons are 20 – 30 minutes each, the live Q&A sessions are scheduled for 60 minutes each week, and the challenges take anything between 15 minutes and 2 hours each.

An excellent understanding of the core elements needed for employability, money management and mental growth. This is great, Dene is inspiration and a phenomenal trainer.

Stephen (25)

I know now that I must get off my butt and start living MY life! Also that I should spend less and invest more. Wonderful lessons. The workbooks and challenges are great too.

Cedric (19)

Really amazing course! Easy to follow, easy to understand, and huge amount of value. Thanks @Mom, I'll start looking for a job and leave home soon! LOL. No seriously, thanks it was great.

Denis (18)

Dene is super motivational! A very inspiring person who's really passionate about his work. He was very energetic when delivering the lessons, and he’s only "39 years young"! Hahaha I really enjoyed this.

Nicole (23)

The program exceeded my expectations, it was really impactful and I know Ricky will use many of the lessons throughout his professional career and his personal life too. Highly recommended.

Ricky J's Father

Our daughter Yolanda really enjoyed the course. It was fantastic to see her learning and then implementing the knowledge on a regular basis. It gives us such comfort to see her confidence levels soring, thankz Empowered Youth!

Yolanda's Mom

I really enjoyed every lesson, the whole thing was eye opening, I got the most important information that I believe I needed all this time, I am grateful for this opportunity.

Raven (18)

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