enke: Ignition Program

A person that ignites or kindles a flame for others.

The enke: Ignition Program is a specialized volunteer program designed for young adults 18-30 years old. Participants commit to an action-oriented volunteer program where they gain practical skills in leadership, facilitation youth coaching, and gain exposure to professional and personal development opportunities.

In the enke: Ignition Program participants receive training and gain key skills such as leadership, self-awareness, presentation, communication, and facilitation. Youth are exposed to influential individuals and peers, accumulate volunteer hours (minimum 140 hours) and facilitation experience. They also mentor high school learners (in the Trailblazer Program) to develop projects of social action to improve their communities.

Youth leave the program transformed: with the skills, experiences, and self-belief to achieve their goals, and the networks, connections and capacity to progress into the workforce.

There are 3 Key Components of the Ignition Program:

  • Training @ the Ignition Program Training Retreat – 4-day in-person residential training camp focused on building personal leadership and facilitation skills
  • Engagement with Igniter Online Training Assessments –  Weekly assessments of practical actions to build facilitation skills over 3 months which are completed online
  • Volunteer Action – enke: Forum Program Delivery: Those who participate in training and actively engage in online assignments may be selected to be enke: Igniters, who will apply their skills in training and mentoring high school youth in the enke: Trailblazer Program Training Retreat – the enke: Forum.

Through the Program participants will:

  • Receive training and gain key skills such as leadership, self-awareness, presentation, communication, and facilitation.
  • Be exposed to leading South African corporates and influential individuals and peers.
  • Accumulate volunteer hours (minimum 140 hours).
  • Mentor high school learners to develop projects of social action to improve their communities.
  • Receive recognition in the form of letters and certificates.
  • Join the exclusive enke: Make Your Mark Alumni Network – a network of diverse youth who are passionate about their own development and that of others.

To participate in the Program, youth must be:

  • Between the ages 18-30 years old
  • Currently enrolled in university, college (FET or TVET) or any recognized post-secondary bridging programme
  • Passionate about making a difference, want to build their resume with volunteer experience, or looking for an experience to expand their networks and skills.
  • must commit to all program dates which are available on our website
  • Having previous facilitation experience is a bonus
  • Able to commit to all program activities

How to Apply

  • 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

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