The Context: 42% of people aged 15-34 years old are not in employment, education or training – that’s over 8.2 million people. South Africa is in danger of missing out on the full potential of its young people. The traditional education system is not giving youth the skills they need to thrive in post-school. This can be seen in the rising youth unemployment rate, and the myriad of issues that disproportionately impact young people.
Our Solution: We seek to reverse these trends by focusing on building the inherent assets of young people through social innovation and entrepreneurship. We want to create effective leaders - people who have the desire and ability to identify and access opportunities for a more positive future. Through our leadership programs, youth develop the skills that lead to future employment success and a lasting impact in their communities.
Our Programs: Since 2009 we have worked with over 1750 young people. Our curriculum focuses on developing the social and emotional skills that have been associated with future employment success, social responsibility and personal well-being. 91% of enke “graduates” are in education or employment, compared with a national average of 69%. We do this through leadership programs for high school youth, for post-school youth, and specialised services.