We seek to reverse negative trends affecting youth 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 program curricula 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.
With our special projects we collaborate with other organisations and companies to implement programs that align with our core work and extend impact.
Leadership needs to be nurtured and programs such as enke are a necessary and effective way of growing responsible leaders. Key to enke’s offering is social consciousness, which stimulates a solution- seeking mentality for everyday ordinary challenges. The program not only focuses on thinking, but encourages and supports action aimed at ensuring that young people become the change they would like to see in their communities – this is a very important ingredient in a vibrant society.”
I am continuously excited at collaborating with like-minded individuals to engage, inspire and connect young people to their inherent potential as active citizens. We have much to do to ensure that our youth are equipped to embrace the future. Through the work of enke and its strategic partnerships we will continue to do our part in offering programmes to aid youth led community projects, entrepreneurship development and creating spaces for positive social change.
enke has shown me that young people are capable of achieving amazing things right now – not ‘in the future’ – but right now. Remembering that there is a network of young people doing big things in their community helps me put aside any self-doubt I have (especially when people gasp at my age)
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