Applications Open: 2019 Trailblazer Program Summer Intake

Apply Now for 2019 enke: Trailblazer Program!

enke: Make Your Mark is now accepting applications for Grade 10 and 11 learners to participate in the 2019-20 enke: Trailblazer Program Summer Intake, which kicks off this December 2019.

The enke: Trailblazer Program inspires and supports Grade 10 and 11 high school youth 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 project management and leadership.

Through the Trailblazer Program, we introduce high school students to other like-minded, passionate and enthusiastic young people. Participants learn skills that will help them achieve their dreams and use these skills to design and run a project in their community. Participants walk away from the experience having made an impact on their communities and inspired to continue to make change happen.

enke: Trailblazers go on to do awesome works in their community – read our Trailblazer Stories of Change!

How to Apply

The application process for the Trailblazer Program is as follows:

  • – Complete the application forms (download application form) and submit via email or fax by the deadline – 17 November 2019
  • – Applications will require the following information:
    • -> Applicant personal information,
    • -> 3 short answer questions to motivate for participation,
    • -> Applicant’s health and dietary information,
    • -> Educator reference,
    • -> Parent/guardian contact information and signature on waivers and consent for participation.
  • – Successful applicants will be notified in May

Please read the information guide before applying – Trailblazer Program Information Guide

2019 Summer Intakes Dates

Each cohort of the Program is called an “Intake”. We host 2-3 intakes of the Trailblazer Program each year, with each intake accepting 125-140 high school youth per intake depending on funding.

The 2019 Summer Intake will run as follows :

  • -> Training at the enke: Forum (8-12 December 2019): the official kick-off of the Trailblazer Program. The Forum is a 5-day residential leadership and personal development camp where you will learn about yourself, key skills for leadership such as communication, project design and teamwork. It’s also a lot of fun with hands-on activities and meeting like-minded youth from around South Africa.
  • -> Action and project incubation for a Community Action Project (December 2019 – August 2020): Trailblazers commit to implementing a project in their communities to tackle a social issue that you care about. You will apply the skills you learned at Forum. This part of the Program lasts 9 months and you can run as many projects as you would like in that time. The best part? enke will be there to support you every step of the way.
  • -> Recognition at the Trailblazer Celebration Event (August 2020): at the end of the 9 months we bring all the Trailblazers back together to reflect on all our activities. All participants who start a project in the 9 months will receive letters and certificates of completion.

This Program Intake is open to all youth who will be in Grade 10 and/or 11 as of January 2020.

The Focus Areas for the 2019 Summer Intake (kickoff in December) is Free State; thus youth from Free state and selected partners will be prioritised for selection.

Download the application forms for Grade 10 and 11 Learners to participate here: 2019 Trailblazer Program Application Form

The Selection Criteria
We are looking for young people who are interested in engaging in a program that will challenge them as well as gain leadership experience. The program is open to youth from all races and backgrounds. This is a competitive application process and we receive more applications than spaces available.

We consider the following criteria for selection:

  • – Desire to build realise leadership potential through active participation in their school, church, or other community group.
  • – A desire to learn the skills to make change happen.
  • – Ability to interact and communicate with peers.
  • – Knowledge of community, political and social issues.
  • – English fluency and understanding as the program is delivered in English

Cost/Monetary Value

The Program includes:

  • – Overnight accommodation and Meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks) for the duration of the enke: Forum (5-day residential training)
  • – Take-home resources
  • – Intensive training to improve skills in leadership, communication, resilience and self-awareness
  • – Hands-on practical experience with designing and implementing a project
  • – 9 months of project incubation and support for your community action from a dedicated enke representative.
  • – Meals and accommodation for Celebration Event at the end of the program
  • – Recognition letters and certificates for completing the Program
  • – Leadership and entrepreneurial skills that last a life time

The value of the enke: Trailblazer Program is R13,000 per participant.

Thanks to the generous support of our funding partners, we are able to offer this opportunity at a subsidised participation fee of R2,500 per person which goes towards off-setting the cost for participation of those from less-resourced communities.

We offer bursaries (participation fee waivers) to cover program fees for youth with financial difficulties, those from under-resourced schools (annual fees less than R5000), as well as youth identified by our recruitment and collaborative partners (community organisations and schools).

Download the application forms for Grade 10 and 11 Learners to participate here: 2019 Trailblazer Program Application Form

If you have any questions or queries please contact us