Our Impact

We believe in measuring impact, not just activity.

Measuring impact is essential to ensuring that development initiatives go beyond tokenism and provide real, tangible benefit to participants.


Impact Summary


people trained since 2009


social impact & enterprise projects started by enke Program Participants


participants start projects, practicing entrepreneurial skills.


The Multiplier Ratio: For every 1 Trailblazer Project, the number of people in communities that benefit from Trailblazer projects


people who have benefited from social impact projects of enke: Program participants (secondary beneficiaries)


Catalyst participants place themselves in enterprise, employment, education or training.

Our Research

In 2013, we ran a research project on our alumni (past programme participants) funded by the First Rand Foundation. We looked at three key outcomes: social and emotional competencies, post school activities, and support structures.

enke’s definition of leadership is ‘the ability to take an idea and turn it into reality’. We have identified four key competencies we think are foundational to youth leadership development – grit, self-efficacy, growth mindset, and social awareness. We found that:
  1. Positive Impact on Key Social & Emotional Competencies
    • Grit and growth mindset increase across project status – i.e. those who finished a social impact project had higher scores than those who didn’t start.
    • Self-efficacy (higher internal locus of control) was lowest for people who finished but people said they felt more confident and had better self-esteem by just starting a project, regardless of completion.
    • Social awareness may be less important for successfully completing projects.
  2. Post School Activities
    • Most young people who had graduated high school were at university (76%)
    • Alumni had high levels of entrepreneurship and volunteering compared to SA stats.
    • All measures of employment, education and training were above the national average.
    • It seems that if alumni started a project during their time with enke (regardless of finishing it) they were more likely to start social impact projects now.
  3. Support Structures
    • Young people with more support structures in place completed their social impact projects.
    • Emotional support is more important than practical support.
    • 2011 and 2012 alumni had marginally higher total social and emotional skills scores – support structures may play a role in building these skills rather than action alone. This is evidence for continued support from enke and community structures

Join us in creating lasting change and skills development for youth

About enke

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. 

  • – Non-Profit Company Reg.: 2010/0231851/08
  • – Dept. of Social Development Reg.: NPO 132-509
  • – SARS Public Benefit Org. Reg.: 9300/37429


Partner with us in creating opportunities for youth to find and succeed in their chosen life pathways.

Contact Us

Address: 7th Floor South Point Corner, 87 De Korte Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg, South Africa

Phone: +27-11-403-1241 / +27-11-403-1243

Email: more@enke.co.za


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