Our Programs

Assets-based training & support to activate, inspire & sustain economically active, socially responsible citizens.

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.

Core Programs

Our core programs are how we initiate direct impact with proactive and remedial approaches to the issue of high rates of youth not in education, employment or training (NEET).


Our flagship leadership and social action program for Grade 10 and 11 learners. Building lifelong skills and an entrepreneurial mindset.

enke: Trailblazer Program

A 9-month experience in social action and community leadership where high school learners are trained, inspired and supported to create real change in their communities.
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Special Projects

With our special projects we collaborate with other organisations and companies to implement programs that align with our core work and extend impact.


The Youth Advancing National Development in School Advancement (YANDISA) is a youth-led school and education system improvement programme

The YANDISA Program

YANDiSA provides Representative Council of Learners (RCLs) and Educators with the tools, skills, and experiences that empower them to lead meaningfully and contribute to education and school improvement.
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Business on a Bicycle Generator

In partnership with Investec and Qhubeka, we have created a unique opportunity for up and coming entrepreneurs to receive business support to create and grow a Business on a Qhubeka Bicycle.

The Business Generator

We have created a business generator to provide practical support for aspiring township entrepreneurs to create and sustain businesses. With Investec and Qhubeka 37 entrepreneurs are part of this generator.
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Youth Development in South Africa Summit

Youth Development in SA Summit

Celebrating youth development practitioners.
  • 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.”

    Setlogane Manchidi

    Head of Corporate Social Investment, Investec
  • 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.

    Chrischar Rock

    enke Board Chairperson
  • 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)

    Kiara Ramklass

    Trailblazer & Ignition Alumna, Founder & CEO of Marimba Jamenke

Join us in creating lasting change and skills development for youth in Africa

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