enke: Make Your Mark
enke: Make Your Mark (enke) is a leadership development organisation that generates and incubates youth-led social impact projects. The organisation focuses on developing the skills of youth to increase their effectiveness as leaders and their ability to contribute to a positive future. The name ‘enke’ is derived from the SeTswana word for ‘ink’ and the SeSotho word for ‘take it’. This name reflects the organisation’s philosophy and work that empowers young leaders to become the authors of their futures by leading change in their communities (making their mark).
The enke: Trailblazer Programme inspires and supports young people to create real change in their communities. Participants design and run projects to address the social issues they feel passionate about. Through this experience, participants increase their grit, social responsibility, self-efficacy and social capital, while gaining practical experience in project management and leadership.
Through the Trailblazer Programme, the organisation introduces high school students to other like-minded, passionate and enthusiastic young people. Participants learn skills that will help them achieve their dreams and use these skills to design and run a project in their community. Participants walk away from the experience having made an impact on their communities and inspired to continue to make change happen.
How the program Works:
The Trailblazer Programme has three key components:
- Training at the enke: Forum: Participants attend the enke: Forum – a week-long, residential retreat. Participants develop leadership, communication, and critical thinking skills; hear from inspirational speakers and experts in fields such as entrepreneurship, technology, media and the environment.
- Social Action: Running a Community Action Project allows participants to learn by doing (experiential learning). Through this process, participants develop key skills in project design and management. Over the nine-month period, enke provides technical and emotional support for participants through our trouble-shooting hotline and monthly SMS reports.
- Recognition: The organisation recognises the effort that all participants put into the programme – even where a community action project isn’t completed. All participants who start a project are invited to regional celebration events. In addition, top projects are awarded prizes and all participants receive a certificate and letter of recognition.
Summer Intake: December 2016 – September 2017
Applications open for intake: 15 September
Kick Off Summer Intake with the enke: Forum (1 week leadership training conference)
enke Forum Bloemfontein: 9 - 14 December
For more information, download the Trailblazer Programme Information Booklet.
To apply, download the application form.
For more about enke: Make Your Mark, refer to www.enke.co.za.
To view other opportunities, refer to www.ngopulse.org/group/home-page/other-opportunities.