Stories of Youth-Led Change
Read about the social impact and enterprise projects and experiences of youth in our programs.
Our stories are captured from site visits and interviews with youth (past and present) in our programs.
Name: Takudzwa Raisi Community issue: Community Development Hometown: Bellville, Western Cape Takudzwa launched a chess club called “The Chess Grandmasters” at his high school in an effort to restore school pride, as well as to help learners to improve their concentration, which would positively impact their academics. His early efforts in garnering support and recruiting individuals to his club was slow, most of his peers…Read More
Name: Bongani Gqweta and Bongani Pontsana Community issue: Education Hometown: Khayelitsha, Western Cape Bongani Gqweta and Bongani Pontsana from Khayelitsha, Cape Town were concerned about the poor science pass rate amongst their peers and the general lack of enthusiasm for science subjects amongst the majority of students at their school. For their community action project they formed a team and established the first…Read More
Names: Avumile Mbali and Nkosana Nkosi Community issue: Education Hometown: East London, Eastern Cape In 2012, Avumile Mbali and Nkosana Nkosi were Grade 11 students from the Eastern Cape when they chose to focus their Community Action Project on empowering primary school children in the communities neighboring their school. They partnered with a primary school called Duncan Valley Primary School and with assistance…Read More
Name: Maisara Ndayifhimiye Community issue: Poverty Hometown: Soweto, Gauteng Inspired and motivated by her week-long experience at the 2012 Johannesburg enke: Forum, Maisara headed back home with a grand plan to collect food and supplies from her family, peers and community to donate to the homeless and orphanage within her communities. Her collection drive got off to a slow start with school work taking…Read More
Names: Gareth Kieck, Ricky Hughes and Zane Weir Community issue: Education Hometown: Westville, KwaZulu-Natal Gareth Kieck, Ricky Hughes and Zane Weir from Westville Boys’ High School in Durban decided to focus their Community Action Project on assisting learners from a previously disadvantaged school with their school work. They recruited thirteen of their Grade 11 peers and committed to teaching Maths, Physical Science and…Read More
Name: Katlego Chabalala Community issue: Education Hometown: Tafelkop, Limpopo Katlego has always enjoyed Mathematics as a subject in school, however, in 2012 he realised that other learners at his school didn’t share the same sentiment as him and were struggling with the subject. Attending the 2012 Johannesburg enke: Forum empowered Katlego to do something about this and he decided to start a peer-to-peer mentoring…Read More
Name: Tebogo Peega Community issue: Enviroment Hometown: Soweto, Gauteng When Tebogo was a Grade 11 student in 2012, she decided to take action in her community through a social initiative called the “Community for Climate” where she mobilised her peers and community members to clean up the garden area in her school and plant vegetables there. The intention of her…Read More
Name: Lethabo Nonyane Community issue: Poverty Hometown: Tafelkop, Limpopo As a member of the Tafelkop community in the Limpopo province, Lethabo Nonyane noted that the extreme poverty being experienced in her community could be alleviated by starting a vegetable garden as part of her Community Action Project. Lethabo recruited eighteen of her peers to assist her in collecting organic waste and breaking the…Read More