We empower youth to be authors of their futures, leading change in their lives and communities and taking the opportunities that present themselves to make their mark in their communities, society and their country.
We develop the skills of youth to increase their effectiveness as economically engaged, active citizens.
We equip youth to more effectively channel their desire and ability to access opportunities; whether that’s an internship, employment, entrepreneurship, or civic leadership.
We believe that all young people – no matter their background, race, gender, religion or status in society – are Africa’s greatest resource for addressing the world’s social and economic challenges.
Young people are solution creators, leaders of change and innovation. In particular, youth are uniquely placed to innovate for social change and economic transformation.
… too many young people do not live in the environments, and/or lack the platform, resources and support to realise their full value and thrive. The expression of this is negative trends affecting youth:
That’s why we focus on reversing these trends by building the inherent assets of young people through their participation in social innovation and entrepreneurship.
We are building a world that is an environment where all young people realise their value, thrive and mobilise for meaningful change.
The idea for enke: Make Your Mark (“enke”) was formed while three international volunteers – Tom Walsh, Philippa (Pip) Wheaton and Kathryn Maunders – were working in some of the most under-resourced schools in KwaZulu-Natal. The three realised that the young people they were working with were all dissatisfied about the situations in their schools, their communities, their cities, but weren’t being given a chance to make the changes they wanted to see. Recognizing a need for a space where young people from all backgrounds could come together to develop creative, youth-led solutions, Tom, Pip and Kat decided to create one themselves. Thus, in February 2009, the concept of a space where youth from across the socioeconomic spectrum could come together to take their ideas and turn them into action, was born, with the first enke: Forum held in July that year.
At that first enke: Forum, the three co-founders and volunteers discovered that South Africa was missing out on the full potential of its young people, as the high school youth in attendance came up with innovative and inspired solutions to the social issues in their communities. The Forum delegates didn’t just have ideas, they went home and started implementing them.
Motivated by the delegates, the co-founders decided to that a once-off conference was not going to be enough. In 2010, enke: Make Your Mark was registered as an organisation and plans were put in place to bring more young people together through this remarkable platform.
The three co-founders have moved on, but the work has continued, evolved and continues to grow. Now, we run holistic programs and provide services to impart the skills and belief systems that enable youth to become effective leaders – people who have the desire and ability to identify and access opportunities for a more positive future through programs for youth in school, unemployed post-school youth and specialised services.
We are driven by the desire for all young people to have the self-belief, freedom and ability to create a positive future for themselves and with other people. Our goal is to enable thousands of effective young leaders through our products and services and incubate 3,000 social impact projects by 2020.
Strategically we aim to do this by:
enke is a leadership development organisation that generates and incubates youth-led social change. We connect, equip and inspire youth to realise their potential, thrive and mobilise for meaningful change.
Partner with us in creating opportunities for youth to find and succeed in their chosen life pathways.
Address: 7th Floor South Point Corner, 87 De Korte Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg, South Africa
Phone: +27-11-403-1241 / +27-11-403-1243