We seek to nurture youth to build livelihoods through acquiring skills, broadening their social networks and investing in interests. Our work responds to the high level of youth unemployment in communities where the alternative attractions include gangsterism, whilst despondent youth often embrace harmful drinking substance use. We encourage youth act in a considerable and responsible manner in their explorations. Our YOLOekazi project, for example, mobilised young men and women in Delft and Philippi to reflect on their experience of drinking and alcohol, focusing on their dreams and ambitions through moderating potentially harmful behaviour. A central component of this work encourages youth to embrace hobbies (music, dance, skating, cycling etc.) as pathway to livelihoods through the acquisition of new learning and networking.