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Job Opening | Chief Operations Officer

By enke Team | 24 March, 2017 | 0 Comments
Job Opportunity

We’re Hiring! Chief Operations Officer enke: Make Your Mark (enke) is a youth leadership development organization that generates and incubates youth-led social impact projects. We focus on developing the skills of youth to increase their effectiveness as leaders and their ability to contribute to a positive future. We are seeking to appoint a CHIEF OPERATIONS…

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Letter of Gratitude from Kingsley Kipury

By enke Team | 23 March, 2017 | 9 Comments

Dear enke family, friends, supporters and partners, I am writing to let you know that I will be resigning from my post as enke’s Chief Operations Officer and have officially submitted my resignation letter to Rufaro (the CEO) and the Board. I will be leaving enke at the end of August. As much as I…

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Applications Open | Trailblazer Program

By enke Team | 8 March, 2017 | 0 Comments
Picture of 2013 Trailblazer Program Cape Town

What is the enke: Trailblazer Program? The enke: Trailblazer Program inspires and supports high school learners to create real change in their communities. Participants design and run projects to address the social issues they feel passionate about. Through this experience, participants increase their grit, social responsibility, self-efficacy and social capital, while gaining practical experience in…

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Applications Open | Ignition Program

By enke Team | 8 March, 2017 | 0 Comments
Group Picture of 2016 enke: Ignition Program Participants

The Ignition Program The enke: Ignition Program is a specialised volunteer and social action program designed for exceptional post-secondary students and recent graduates. We work with exceptional young adults, connecting them to a diverse, active network, equipping participants with skills and experience to increase employability, and inspiring entrepreneurial thinking in young people entering the workplace.…

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enke CEO on SAfm Afternoon Talk Spotlight

By enke Team | 10 January, 2017 | 0 Comments

enke CEO on SAfm Afternoon Talk “In the Spotlight” On January 3rd 2017, Rufaro shared her leadership story and enke’s work on the “In the Spotlight” on SAfm Afternoon Talk. Listen to the Podcast here – https://iono.fm/e/375071  

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Extending Our Reach with Bespoke Services

By enke Team | 30 November, 2016 | 0 Comments

We were very excited to launch our Specialised Services (a.k.a. Bespoke Projects) into the world and have had really wonderful uptake on our services. We first conceptualised our Bespoke / Specialised Service as a way to diversify our funding base with some innovative independent income generation. All income from our specialised services goes directly into…

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Chenoa’s Project Gets Media Boost!

By enke Team | 17 November, 2016 | 0 Comments

Chenoa’s Community Action Project Gets Media Boost! We are very proud of Chenoa Brenkman whose community action project has been profiled in the Highway Mail Newspaper! The article had a call to action to donate to her Cuddle Angels community action project. Chenoa is part of the Trailblazer Class of 2016 and attends St. Benedict’s…

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Reflections on Catalyst Re-Boot Training Retreat

By enke Team | 10 November, 2016 | 0 Comments

Rufaro’s Reflections on Catalyst Re-Boot Training Retreat It’s hard to describe the feeling when you witness an idea become reality; when something that was just in your head or words on paper becomes a living, breathing, tangible thing. It’s completely indescribable. As the first shuttle parked and the first of our Catalyst participants stepped out…

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Nicola’s Project Gets Media Attention

By enke Team | 10 November, 2016 | 0 Comments

Nicola’s Project Gets Media Attention! We are very proud of Nicola Siepman whose community action project, the Mpho Campaign, has been profiled in the Highway Mail Newspaper! The article described how she has collected materials to create dignity packs for the homeless in the eThekwini Region. The dignity packs are made up of toilet rolls,…

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enke: Make Your Mark wins Award

By enke Team | 15 July, 2016 | 0 Comments

enke: Make Your Mark receives Bronze Award from WC DSD Ministerial Youth Excellence Awards We are honoured to have received this prestigous award and recognition for our work with the enke: Trailblazer Program in the Western Cape. We received the award for our contribution to youth engagement and participation. Rufaro Mudimu (CEO) and Natasha Asbury…

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Taydren Van Vuren – Lead SA Youth Hero for June

By enke Team | 15 July, 2016 | 0 Comments

Trailblazer is Lead SA Youth Hero for June We are very proud of Taydren Van Vuren, Lead SA Youth Hero for June! Taydren was part of the Trailblazer Class of 2015 and received this prestigious award for her community action project. Taydren found out about the enke: Trailblazer Program through enke’s partnership with the Catholic…

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#YouthDay2016 – Stories of Youth-Led Change: Taydren

By enke Team | 17 June, 2016 | 0 Comments

Taydren van Vuren: Taking Action Against Social Injustice and Privilege Taydren van Vuren, currently a Grade 12 learner in Cape Town, found out about the enke: Trailblazer Program through enke’s partnership with the Catholic Institute of Education. Throughout the 9 months of the Program, Taydren has run multiple community action projects in her school raising…

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#YouthDay2016 – Stories of Youth-Led Change: Siphosethu

By enke Team | 16 June, 2016 | 0 Comments

Siphosethu Mafungwa: Recycling For A Difference Siphosethu Mafungwa is a determined young man who is passionate about the environment. This high-achiever was identified as a leader in his school and participated in the enke: Trailblazer Program through enke’s partnership with the UCT 100 Up Program. The issue that Siphosethu identified in his community was the…

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Youth Day 2016 – Stories of Youth-Led Change: Mimi Ibrahim

By enke Team | 15 June, 2016 | 0 Comments

  Commemorating Youth Day 2016 – Stories of Youth-Led Change This June 16th is a significant Youth Day in South Africa. We are commemorating 40 years since the 1976 Soweto Uprising, where thousands of young people sacrificed themselves to protest against the Apartheid Bantu Education system. Today, we draw inspiration from the youth of 1976…

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Youth Day 2016 – Stories of Youth-Led Change: Dineo Jaca

By enke Team | 14 June, 2016 | 0 Comments

Commemorating Youth Day 2016 with Stories of Youth-Led Change This June 16th is a significant Youth Day in South Africa. We are commemorating 40 years since the 1976 Soweto Uprising, where thousands of young people sacrificed themselves to protest against the Apartheid Bantu Education system. Today, we draw inspiration from the youth of 1976 in…

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Healthy Food For All – Colleen Sadiki

By enke Team | 11 April, 2016 | 0 Comments

When Colleen saw her close friend battling to maintain a healthy lifestyle which resulted in her being obese, it inspired her to start a small vegetable garden at the back of her home as part of her CAP. She wanted to show her friend how easy and affordable it was to live a healthy lifestyle…

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enke Alumni in #Education, 2

By enke Team | 17 February, 2016 | 1 Comment

The youth of our country have the ability to create change. They are standing up for what they believe in. Our vision as enke, is to create a global movement of young people who are taking action on the world’s most urgent social issues. #Education is one such issue. Young people are mobilizing and working…

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enke Alumni in #Education, 1

By enke Team | 27 January, 2016 | 0 Comments

The youth of our country have the ability to create change. They are standing up for what they believe in. Our vision as enke, is to create a global movement of young people who are taking action on the world’s most urgent social issues. #Education is one such issue. Young people are mobilizing and working…

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Youth Leading Change: Views on #FeesMustFall , 4

By enke Team | 23 October, 2015 | 0 Comments

Over the last few days, the youth of our country have taken action. They are standing up for what they believe in. Our vision as enke, is to create a global movement of young people who are taking action on the world’s most urgent social issues. #FeesMustFall demonstrates young people mobilizing and working to create…

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Youth Leading Change: Views on #FeesMustFall , 3

By enke Team | 22 October, 2015 | 0 Comments

Over the last few days, the youth of our country have taken action. They are standing up for what they believe in. Our vision as enke, is to create a global movement of young people who are taking action on the world’s most urgent social issues. #FeesMustFall demonstrates young people mobilizing and working to create…

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Youth Leading Change: Views on #FeesMustFall , 2

By enke Team | 21 October, 2015 | 0 Comments

Over the last few days, the youth of our country have taken action. They are standing up for what they believe in. Our vision as enke, is to create a global movement of young people who are taking action on the world’s most urgent social issues. #FeesMustFall demonstrates young people mobilizing and working to create…

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Youth Leading Change: Views on #FeesMustFall , 1

By enke Team | 20 October, 2015 | 2 Comments

Over the last few days, the youth of our country have taken action. They are standing up for what they believe in. Our vision as enke, is to create a global movement of young people who are taking action on the world’s most urgent social issues. #FeesMustFall demonstrates young people mobilizing and working to create…

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Reflections on 2015 enke: Forums

By enke Team | 15 September, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Rufaro Mudimu The 12th to 17th July 2015 are five days that represent a milestone in enke’s growth. In those five days we held the 6th annual set of enke: Forums – Forum 11 and 12 – simultaneously in Cape Town and Johannesburg. In those five days 357 people – 243 Grade 10s and…

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Passion Drives and Changes Everything

By enke Team | 13 August, 2015 | 2 Comments

From the time I was old enough to know what a career was, I knew I wanted to work with the human mind. The way we think, translate thought into action and into the essence of who we are has always fascinated me. I told my parents with absolute certainty that I was going to…

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Make Your Move

By enke Team | 21 April, 2015 | 0 Comments

Libo Macanda & Asandiswa Bomvana  Project: Make Your Move Hector Peterson High School King Williams Town, Eastern Cape Asandiswa and Libo are very familiar with the social problems of their communities. But rather than joining in with the drugs or violence they are witness to, these two young ladies decided to help their fellow students…

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Hashtag Sisonke

By enke Team | 21 April, 2015 | 0 Comments

Names: Andrew Sebogodi, Kelebogile Dywili, Thabiso Mogorosi  Project: Hashtag Sisonke Emang Mmogo Comprehensive School Kimberley, Northern Cape By Phakamile Khumalo My experience of Kimberley was marked by excitement and anxiety all in one. The locals there are friendly and welcoming, offering directions and advice on the fastest routes, places to see and where to go.…

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Speak Up

By enke Team | 21 April, 2015 | 0 Comments

Names: Siphesanda Nyanga, Saniselisiwe Dick, Samkelo Koli, Banathi Adams  Project: Walmer High School Student Representative Council Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape Community Action Project A group of grade eleven students wanted to give their peers at Walmer High a way to channel their voices. They decided to create a Student Representative Council (SRC) to improve communication…

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Dream deferred… now a reality

By enke Team | 8 April, 2015 | 3 Comments

8 months ago when Pip announced that she was resigning from enke, I, like many, were surprised, a bit in shock wondering how anyone else could lead enke, but also excited that Pip felt that the organisation was at a stage that could be passed on to other hands. It was also an amazing opportunity…

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Introducing enke’s new CEO

By enke Team | 8 April, 2015 | 1 Comment

To the wonderful enke family, I’m writing to you with some wonderful news – but also with some not so wonderful news. First the good news: it is with great excitement that I am writing to announce Rufaro Mudimu’s appointment as CEO of enke: Make Your Mark.  Now the not so good stuff: unfortunately things didn’t…

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Sharing some sad news – remembering Nnete Malebo

By enke Team | 5 November, 2014 | 0 Comments

Last week brought news of the tragic passing of one our enke family, Nnete Malebo. On Thursday 23 October,Nnete was found in her residence room at the University of Cape Town and an autopsy determined that she died of natural causes. She was just one month away from graduating and was preparing to embark on…

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Saadiq: Challenge Accepted

By enke Team | 21 October, 2014 | 0 Comments

Name: Saadiq Brey Project: Challenge Accepted Cape Town, Western Cape Saadiq is turning his passion for leadership into action, and has begun an exciting project in the Western Cape. He and his team of fellow learners have always been passionate about social change, but never found the ‘right’ time to start – until he was…

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Big news from enke CEO, Pip Wheaton

By enke Team | 12 August, 2014 | 6 Comments

Dear enke family, It is with many mixed emotions that I write this letter. I want to let you know that I have put in my resignation as CEO of enke: Make Your Mark.  My last day will be July 31st 2015. I wanted to let you know why I’ve made this decision and what…

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We Did It! | 2014 enke: Crowdfunding Campaigin

By enke Team | 13 May, 2014 | 0 Comments

During the early ours of the morning of Saturday 10 May 2014, enke: Make Your Mark  reached its goal amount of $20,000, with just under 60 minutes to spare. Our first ever crowdfunding campaign officially closed sitting on an impressive $20, 321 raised– 102% of our goal amount! http://igg.me/at/enkeMYM/x/6853380 When we first started all prep work for…

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Thokozani: Rebel with a cause

By enke Team | 12 May, 2014 | 0 Comments

Name: Thokozani Zuke Community Issue: Youth Development Hometown: Durban, KwaZulu-Nata Not everybody who applies gets the opportunity to attend the enke: Forum. The majority of those who do have been recommended by teachers or community members who have seen their potential to be great leaders; as young people wanting to make a positive change in their…

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“Leading & Learning” | First Rand Foundation Research on enke: Make Your Mark

By enke Team | 8 May, 2014 | 1 Comment

enke; Make Your Mark was funded as part of the FirstRand Foundation’s Leadership Programme in 2013 as part of the youth leadership stream. The grant was for a research project to explore the effectiveness of enke’s model of youth leadership development: of using youth action to develop critical skills for young people’s success. FirstRand Foundation…

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How To Measure Whether You’re Making Your Mark

By enke Team | 8 May, 2014 | 0 Comments

This article was originally posted on the Gordon Institute of Business (GIBS) “Leading Change” website, here: http://leadingchange.co.za/2014/05/06/how-to-measure-whether-youre-making-your-mark/ A long time ago I read somewhere that for $1 you could provide oral rehydration salts that would save a child’s life.  Or maybe it was $5; it’s so long ago now that I don’t remember.*  No matter…

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Lauren: The beauty of starting small

By enke Team | 8 May, 2014 | 0 Comments

Name: Lauren Rowe Joined enke family: 2011 Hometown: Krugersdorp, Gauteng You don’t have to be wealthy to challenge the current status quo or injustice in the world. Nor do you have to be of certain age or have a certain level of education. Commitment, passion and the belief that you can make a difference is what important. These…

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Lindokuhle & Nobuhle: Giving Back

By enke Team | 5 May, 2014 | 0 Comments

Names: Lindokuhle Zikhali & Nobuhle Ngidi School: Chesterville Extension Secondary School Community Issue: Community Development Hometown: Chesterville, KwaZulu-Natal “….It helps a lot because these children need young people that they can relate to, and guidance, especially because they grew up without parents. I have seen an improvement in the learners – they are far more disciplined and…

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Prince: The making of heroes

By enke Team | 2 May, 2014 | 0 Comments

Names: Prince Shabangu Year joined enke family: 2012 Hometown: Johannesburg, Gauteng At the age of 22, he is a 3rd year B.Com Accounting student at the University of the Witwatersrand. He is a Presenter at enke: Make Your Mark, has been shortlisted to be part of the One Day Leader T.V programme, and most recently the…

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Sarah: A case of passion & choice

By enke Team | 29 April, 2014 | 0 Comments

Names:   Sarah Hotz Joined enke family: 2009 Hometown: Cape Town, Western Cape “The youth are a lot more capable than we think. The only limitation we have is our view on ourselves and our abilities. Youth are passionate dreamers, but we discuss as if it’s our disadvantage when in fact it’s our strength. The question…

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Nkosana & Avumile: Infusing Strong Values

By enke Team | 23 April, 2014 | 0 Comments

Names: Avumile Mbali & Nkosana Nkosi School: Selborne College Community Issue: Youth Empowerment Hometown: Zwelitsha, Eastern Cape What stands out for Avumile and Nkosana about their Community Action Project (CAP) is that it was filled with magical moments. Not the kind of magic that turns a frog into a prince but the kind that turns lessons, hurdles…

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Gareth: When Connection is Key

By enke Team | 16 April, 2014 | 0 Comments

Names: Gareth Kieck Year joined the enke family: 2012 Community issue: Education Hometown: Durban, KwaZulu-Natal When you think about the vast potential of South Africa it’s easy to overlook the power of connection across class, gender or race. Hailing from the well-resourced Westville Boys High School in Durban, Gareth, Ricky and Zane certainly hadn’t thought much about how…

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Petunia: Girl Power!

By enke Team | 11 April, 2014 | 0 Comments

Names: Petunia Koitsioe Year Joined the enke family: 2011 Community Issue: Youth Empowerment Hometown: Johannesburg, Gauteng Petunia grew up in Soweto with a love of stories; of hearing them, creating them and recording them. Over the years, so many of the stories she heard reflected experiences vastly different to her own. Through these stories a sense of injustice…

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Vusi: The Visionary

By enke Team | 7 April, 2014 | 0 Comments

Names: Brian Vusi-Musi Zwane Year Joined the enke family: 2011 Community Issue: Environment Hometown: Pinetown, KwaZulu-Natal   It’s hard to know where to start with Vusi.  We could talk about when he was a enke: Trailblazer in 2011 and he ran not just one, but three Community Action Project’s (CAPs), or how as an enke: Igniter in…

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Jarrod: The Future is Bright

By enke Team | 2 April, 2014 | 0 Comments

Name: Jarrod Delport Year joined enke: 2009 From: Krugersdorp, Gauteng Finding that critical moment of inspiration for creating change can be a struggle and for those with the ideas and the inspiration, finding the right moment to shine can be the hardest part. After half a decade of involvement with enke: Make Your Mark, Jarrod says finding his…

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enke: Hall of Fame | Crowdfunding Campaign

By enke Team | 1 April, 2014 | 1 Comment

Our crowdfunding campaign officially launched on Monday 31 March 2014: http://bit.ly/1kg9Sy7 We’ve changed the lives of 1000 young people in South Africa since we started, back in 2009. Now we need every bit of help in raising our target goal of USD$20,000/R200,000 to double the impact and reach of our programs to over 2,000 young South…

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TK & Maja: Leading their peers!

By enke Team | 28 March, 2014 | 0 Comments

Names: Tsakane Ngoepe & Maja Morukhuladi School: Dendron Senior Secondary School (matriculated in 2010) Community Issue: Education Hometown: Bochum, Limpopo Tsakane Ngoepe (“TK”) and Maja Morukhuladi attended Dendron Senior Secondary School, situated about 60kms outside of Polokwane in the Limpopo province.  They noted that the dropout rate of students in Grade 11, at their school, was quite high…

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Sesi: The Chess Queen

By enke Team | 26 March, 2014 | 0 Comments

Names: Sesi Selemolela School: Malusi High School (matriculated in 2013) Community Issue: Youth Empowerment Hometown: Avon, Limpopo Finding her second family has been a journey for Sesi. Coming from the rural farmlands of Limpopo, she saw a lot of young people without much to do, and getting into trouble. Before joining the enke family Sesi and a…

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Ndilisa, Talita, Lwazi, Vuyani, Ambesa, Ludwe, Onke & Abenathi: The Joy of Reading

By enke Team | 24 March, 2014 | 0 Comments

Names: Ndilisa May, Talita Maliti, Lwazi Fanana, Vuyani Vorslag, Ambesa Mafanga, Ludwe Zigwebile, Onke Ntlolokotshane & Abenathi Ntelezi School: Chris Hani Secondary School Community Issue: Education/Literacy Hometown: Khayelitsha, Western Cape How do you inspire in a group of young people a love of reading? Especially when you have limited access to books and no place for young…

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Press Release: Young South Africans Create Positive Social Change

By enke Team | 17 February, 2014 | 0 Comments

enke: Make Your Mark will host the Cape Town Celebration Event to mark the end of the 6-month experience in social action for the 118 participants of the 2013 enke: Trailblazer Program Cape Town Intake. This upcoming graduation-styled event is designed to recognise and celebrate these young South Africans who have implemented innovative community action…

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5 things we love about enke!

By enke Team | 14 February, 2014 | 0 Comments

Today is Valentine’s Day and we, the enke team, thought it was a great day to share with you some of the things we absolutely LOVE about enke! PS Don’t forget to share in the comments the things that make enke rock for YOU 🙂 1. Our awesome participants! (past and present) At enke we…

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What you missed: 2014 enke: Alumni Summit

By enke Team | 3 February, 2014 | 1 Comment

This past Friday, 31 January 2014 we had the pleasure of hosting 54 enke alumni from around the country at our first ever enke: Alumni Summit. Since 2009 we are proud to share that we have inspired, supported and trained 980 young adults on both of  our programs and the young leaders we hosted this past weekend…

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The Countdown Begins: 3 sleeps and counting!

By enke Team | 28 January, 2014 | 0 Comments

In T-minus 3 days we will be hosting our first ever 2014 enke: Alumni Summit! *woop woop* This 2-day summit, that is themed “RE-CONNECT! RE-INSPIRE!”,  will host 70 past enke participants from enke programs – bright young leaders from across South Africa aged between 18 and 28 years of age. At a time when more of…

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Press Release | enke: Make Your Mark hosts its first ever Alumni Summit

By enke Team | 27 January, 2014 | 0 Comments

enke: make your mark hosts its first ever alumni summit This Friday 31 January, enke: Make Your Mark will launch the 2014 enke Alumni Summit. This event will gather 70 past participants of enke programs, young leaders from across South Africa aged between 18 and 28 years of age, and is themed, “RE-CONNECT! RE-INSPIRE!” At…

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Lubabalo: Giving the youth a voice!

By enke Team | 13 January, 2014 | 0 Comments

Name: Lubabalo Qamata Community Issue: Youth Development Hometown: Eastern Cape Upon leaving the 2013 enke: Forum, Lubabalo’s vision was to create a platform to develop critical thinking amongst his peer group within his high school and community.  He has started a debating club/platform where young people voice their concerns on issues within South Africa  and engage…

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Aviwe, Thabo & Siphelo: Sharing the gift of music

By enke Team | 13 January, 2014 | 0 Comments

Names: Aviwe Nkani, Thabo Ngoxo & Siphelo Mvampantsi Community Issue: Education Hometown: Eastern Cape These three 2013 Trailblazers are teaching young people in the Lovers Twist village of Hamburg how to play a musical instrument. As participants at the Keiskamma Music Academy they have seen the impact of music and self-expression in their lives. The…

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Siyamthanda, Vuyisa & Sibusiswe: The Change Initiators

By enke Team | 13 January, 2014 | 0 Comments

Names: Siyamthanda Dyantyie, Vuyisa Ntsundwana & Sibusiswe Beja Community Issue: Youth Development Hometown: Eastern Cape Going by the name “Change Initators”, this group of three 2013 Trailblazers are tutoring primary school children and offering them homework classes to deter them from getting influenced into negative behaviours by older kids within the community. The primary school…

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Mulisa: Betting against the odds

By enke Team | 6 January, 2014 | 0 Comments

Name: Mulisa Singo Community Issue: Gambling Hometown: Johannesburg, Gauteng Over the last few years Mulisa recognized the high amount of gambling activities that were taking place at his high school. After attending the 2013 Johannesburg enke: Forum, he then decided to focus his community action project on implementing and running various sporting activities at high…

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Anelisa: Artistic Activism

By enke Team | 6 January, 2014 | 0 Comments

Name: Anelisa Valela Community issue: Artistic Expression Hometown: Eastern Cape Anelisa is passionate about poetry and the creative arts. Last month, in October 2013, she ran a workshop on the lawns outside her school where she invited local poets and artists to come and inspire the youth in her community. Her community action project continues to…

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Lerato: Bridging the gap

By enke Team | 6 January, 2014 | 0 Comments

Name: Lerato Maepa Community Issue: Education Hometown: Limpopo Lerato is passionate about mathematics and her community action project is working to improve the maths pass rate in the lower grades 8 to 9 at her high school, Kopa Secondary School, as she has seen that the lower grades are not performing well. She has noted…

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We’re back!

By enke Team | 6 January, 2014 | 0 Comments

Today is the first day back in the office for the enke team and it’s great to be back. There are no holiday blues to speak of, as we are all-systems-go in terms of kicking off the New Year. So what are looking forward to , you may ask?  Below is a short list of…

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2012/2013 enke Impact Report

By enke Team | 13 December, 2013 | 0 Comments

The 2012/2013 enke Impact Report will give you a snapshot of the impact of our two enke programs (Trailblazer & Ignition) in 2012/2013. It will give you a glimpse of the impact of the youth led projects run by our participants. Click here: enke Make Your Mark – 2012 Impact Report

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Thato: Planting seeds of hope

By enke Team | 11 December, 2013 | 0 Comments

Name: Thato Sauhatse Community Issue: Youth Development Hometown: Orange Farm, Gauteng Thato lives in an informal settlement in Orange Farm and noted that there were no positive role models in his community and that the unemployed youth in his community often ended up being victims of crime and substance abuse, due to the high level of…

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Pertunia: Creating a strong community

By enke Team | 11 December, 2013 | 0 Comments

Name: Pertunia Letsoalo Community Issue: Youth Develoment Hometown: Tzaneen, Limpopo Pertunia believes in the value of mentorship and learning through experience. Her community action project uses peer-to-peer mentorship to address the challenges that young people in her Limpopo community of Tzaneen are facing. She also runs bi-monthly interactive sessions to not only discusses immediate issues being…

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Press Release: Seed Funding Supports Youth-Led Social Projects

By enke Team | 6 November, 2013 | 0 Comments

Eighteen (18) youth-led social initiative projects receive seed-funding through the enke: Incubator Fund Grant, an initiative by enke: Make Your Mark that is funded by The Australian Government and Absa. Mihle Cuka, a Grade 10 student from the Eastern Cape is taking action by mobilising community members and municipality representatives to restore and reinstate a…

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Heritage Day: What does it mean to you?

By enke Team | 24 September, 2013 | 0 Comments

Today, Tuesday, 24th September, will mean a lot of things to many South Africans: Some of us will appreciate Heritage Day solely for providing us with an awesome long weekend to catch up on sleep, homework, movies, as well as, spending quality time with our friends and family. It is the last public holiday until…

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Mduduzi: Extra lessons aficionado

By enke Team | 23 September, 2013 | 0 Comments

Name: Mduduzi Masilela Community Issue: Education Hometown: Limpopo, Gauteng Mduduzi ran an educational orientated community action project (CAP) at his high school, Hlabi Senior Secondary School in Limpopo. As a Grade 11 student at the time, he decided to focus on providing tutoring and extra lesson classes in Maths and Physics, to Grade 10’s and…

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Aqeelah: Healing through music

By enke Team | 23 September, 2013 | 0 Comments

Name: Aqeelah Van Schyff Community Issue: Youth Development Hometown: Cape Town, Western Cape Aqeelah decided to start a community action project (CAP) in 2012, focused on the upliftment of young people in and around her community. As a means of doing this she decided to combine her own passion for music, as a tool of…

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Guess who’s 4 today?

By enke Team | 18 September, 2013 | 1 Comment

Today is enke: Make Your Mark’s 4th anniversary and we are feeling quite nostalgic about how far we’ve come over the last few years! We asked enke CEO and co-founder Pip (Wheaton) to reflect on this day, four years ago, which she happily shared with us below: ———————————————————————– Message from Pip: Four years ago today (at around…

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Register Now! – enke: State of The Nation Dialogue Session

By enke Team | 16 September, 2013 | 2 Comments

enke: Make Your Mark would like to invite YOU to our inaugural enke: State of the Nation Dialogue Session on Saturday 28 September 2013. Panelists at the event will include Amukelani Mayimele, Ayabonga Cawe, Calvin Makhubela, Khadija Patel and Lesley Masibi – dynamic young people with a shared vision for a brighter future for South Africa. Don’t…

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Paul: Motivating high school learners

By enke Team | 16 September, 2013 | 0 Comments

Name: Paul Tsiri Community issue: Youth Empowerment Home Town: Dendron, Limpopo Summary of Community Action Project (CAP): Paul Tsiri is from the Limpopo province and is passionate about education and finding a means of keeping learners motivated towards achieving academic excellence. As part of his Community Action Project in 2012, Paul decided that he would…

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Kiyasha: Champion of sustainable development

By enke Team | 16 September, 2013 | 0 Comments

Name: Kiyasha Padarath Community issue: Community Development Hometown: Johannesburg, Gauteng On returning to Johannesburg from the 2012 Cape Town enke: Forum, Kiyasha decided that she would like to contribute to the upliftment of one of the disadvantaged communities close to where she lives. She decided to start a vegetable garden in Kya Sand to help generate income for Fundanathi Pre-Primary…

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Last Friday Night: enke Office Warming Party

By enke Team | 11 September, 2013 | 0 Comments

We hosted our very long overdue office warming party at the enke offices, this past Friday 6th September 2013. The enke team has grown dramatically over the past 18 months and that resulted in us out-growing our cozy office on the 4th Floor of the Heerengracht Building and moving to a more spacious (but just as cozy) office…

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Takudzwa: Making all the right moves

By enke Team | 9 September, 2013 | 0 Comments

Name: Takudzwa Raisi Community issue: Community Development Hometown: Bellville, Western Cape Takudzwa launched a chess club called “The Chess Grandmasters”  at his high school in an effort to restore school pride, as well as to help learners to improve their concentration, which would positively impact their academics. His early efforts in garnering support and recruiting individuals to his club was…

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Bongani & Bongani: Spreading the joy of science

By enke Team | 9 September, 2013 | 0 Comments

Name: Bongani Gqweta and Bongani Pontsana Community issue: Education Hometown: Khayelitsha, Western Cape Bongani Gqweta and Bongani Pontsana from Khayelitsha, Cape Town were concerned about the poor science pass rate amongst their peers and the general lack of enthusiasm for science subjects amongst the majority of students at their school. For their community action project they formed a…

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Welcome message from Pip

By enke Team | 2 September, 2013 | 4 Comments

  Dear enke family, It’s with great excitement that we launch the all-new enke website! What’s the big deal about a new website? Well, for everyone here at enke the thing we love most is hearing stories and getting reports of the awesome things enke participants are doing around the country. However, we’ve never had…

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Avumile & Nkosana: Leading a movement

By enke Team | 2 September, 2013 | 0 Comments

Names: Avumile Mbali and Nkosana Nkosi Community issue: Education Hometown: East London, Eastern Cape In 2012, Avumile Mbali and Nkosana Nkosi were Grade 11 students  from the Eastern Cape when they chose to focus their Community Action Project on empowering primary school children in the communities neighboring their school. They partnered with a primary school called Duncan Valley…

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Maisara: Making the impossible, possible

By enke Team | 2 September, 2013 | 0 Comments

Name: Maisara Ndayifhimiye Community issue: Poverty Hometown: Soweto, Gauteng Inspired and motivated by her week-long experience at the 2012 Johannesburg enke: Forum, Maisara headed back home with a grand plan to collect food and supplies from her family, peers and community to donate to the homeless and orphanage within her communities. Her collection drive got off to a slow…

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Gareth, Ricky & Zane: Stewards of equal education

By enke Team | 2 September, 2013 | 0 Comments

Names: Gareth Kieck, Ricky Hughes and Zane Weir Community issue: Education Hometown: Westville, KwaZulu-Natal Gareth Kieck, Ricky Hughes and Zane Weir from Westville Boys’ High School in Durban decided to focus their Community Action Project on assisting learners from a previously disadvantaged school with their school work. They recruited thirteen of their Grade 11 peers and committed to…

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Kathlego: Sharing the gift of numbers

By enke Team | 2 September, 2013 | 0 Comments

Name: Katlego Chabalala Community issue: Education Hometown: Tafelkop, Limpopo Katlego has always enjoyed Mathematics as a subject in school, however, in 2012 he realised that other learners at his school didn’t share the same sentiment as him and were struggling with the subject. Attending the 2012 Johannesburg enke: Forum empowered Katlego to do something about this and he decided…

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Tebogo: Against all odds

By enke Team | 2 September, 2013 | 0 Comments

Name: Tebogo Peega Community issue: Enviroment Hometown: Soweto, Gauteng When Tebogo was a Grade 11 student in 2012, she decided to take action in her community through a social initiative called the “Community for Climate” where she mobilised her peers and community members to clean up the garden area in her school and plant vegetables…

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Lethabo: Uplifting a community

By enke Team | 2 September, 2013 | 0 Comments

Name: Lethabo Nonyane Community issue: Poverty Hometown: Tafelkop, Limpopo As a member of the Tafelkop community in the Limpopo province, Lethabo Nonyane noted that the extreme poverty being experienced in her community could be alleviated by starting a vegetable garden as part of her Community Action Project. Lethabo recruited eighteen of her peers to assist her in collecting…

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enke in The News: “Winning makes the difference” – Mail & Guardian

By enke Team | 19 June, 2013 | 0 Comments

enke aims to empower young people to make their mark on their peers, their community and the world. enke: Make your Mark, a youth entrepreneurship organisation that aims to build a network of young South Africans to take action on urgent local issues, was the winner of the 2012 Investing in the Future & Drivers…

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Press Release: Empowering Young South Africans To Make Their Mark

By enke Team | 19 June, 2013 | 0 Comments

The annual enke: Forum will bring together 250 young South Africans from across the country, all of whom are passionate about making a difference. Run by enke: Make Your Mark, a national youth development organisation, this year two events will be hosted – one in Johannesburg in June, one in Cape Town in July.  Each…

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