AYB-SD is the ﬁrst NGO to create a franchise system in development and in NGOs in general. The franchise system of AYB-SD operates as the franchise system in business; however, instead of the franchisee (student groups) paying a royalty fee for AYB-SD (the franchisor), the franchisee contributes to the overall goals of AYB-SD through creating organization growth in terms of volunteers and resources in general.
The franchise system is not simply placing volunteers in development, but it is about creating young social entrepreneurs and activists in universities, who manage and develop development projects, lead teams, solve community problems, seek funding, sustain their organizations, and liaise with the government. This is all done under the management of the main franchisor (AYB-SD). The franchise system is also not a simple branching system for AYB-SD, because AYB-SD does not interfere in the internal management, events, and funds of the franchisee.
The franchises keep student organizations democratic by electing new boards every year, and thus bring new generations into the franchises to maximize the inclusion of youth. The old boards continue in the franchises as advisors or volunteers in the same franchise to keep the experience. While being in university franchises, the board of all franchises and all their key volunteers become general assembly in AYB-SD, and thus become official members in AYB-SD and have voting power. When these students reach the age of 21, they have the right to run in the board elections of AYB-SD, and thus become part of the upper management of AYB-SD, knowing that there are up to 2 places in the board of AYB-SD for the student-based organizations. AYB-SD now has franchises in 12 universities in Egypt.