Opportunity Stories of Community Action Projects

Read about the social impact projects and experiences of youth in our programs. Our stories are captured from site visits and interviews with youth (past and present) in our programs.

Thokozani: Rebel with a cause

12 May 2014

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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Lauren: The beauty of starting small

08 May 2014

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

05 May 2014

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

02 May 2014

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

29 April 2014

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

23 April 2014

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

16 April 2014

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!

11 April 2014

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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