14 February, 2014 - Posted by Admin in Blog
Today is Valentine’s Day and we, the enke team, thought it was a great day to share with you some of the things we absolutely LOVE about enke!
PS Don’t forget to share in the comments the things that make enke rock for YOU
1. Our awesome participants! (past and present)
At enke we have had the AWESOME privilege of working with so many youth who have proved that young people are not apathetic and have what it takes to implement positive social change within their communities and the world-at -large.
Whether it was Bongani & Bongani sharing the joy of science by implementing the first science lab at their high school, Kiyasha who set up a vegetable garden at a local primary school or Mulisa creating awareness of the dangers of gambling within his school and community, it’s obvious that young South Africans are leaders of TODAY.
2. 1000 young South Africans *woop woop*
Since enke was founded back in 2009 one of our goals has been to inspire, support and train 1000 young South Africans!As of yesterday, Thursday 13 February 2014, we are proud to announce that this goal has been achieved thanks to the 2014 enke: Presenters training that kicked off then.
Here’s to welcoming another 1000…make that 10 000 young change makers to the enke family over the next couple of years!
3. We’re growing!
Not only have the number of participants on our programs grown exponentially, but the core enke team that supports each of these programs has grown too and is currently made up of 13 permanent employees and 3 part-time employees.
4. enke values 2.0
We’re mighty proud of our updated set of enke values! We definitely believe they totally capture the ethos and essence of enke’s mission in connecting, equipping and inspiring young people to take action on the social issues they are most passionate about.Let us know what you think!
1. This is not school.
2. Get your hands dirty.
3. We are there with you.
4. Truth and transparency
5. Create your own path.
6. Respect each other.
7. Make it happen – make it better
5. The Colour Red
It’s no coincidence that enke is the colour of passion and action, RED! We get to witness firsthand young people who are not only passionate about making their world a better place, but committed to implementing that change and taking action.
Don’t forget to share with us the things YOU love about enke
Have a great weekend!
03 February, 2014 - Posted by Admin in Blog
This past Friday, 31 January 2014 we had the pleasure of hosting 54 enke alumni from around the country at our first ever enke: Alumni Summit. Since 2009 we are proud to share that we have inspired, supported and trained 980 young adults on both of our programs and the young leaders we hosted this past weekend represented past participants from our two youth programs (enke: Trailblazer Program & enke: Ignition Program) during the period 2009 to 2013.
The theme for the weekend was a fitting one “RE-CONNECT! RE-INSPIRE!” – our alumni got to link up with friends whom they remember from their program days, expand their social networks by making new connections, as well as having their passion for creating positive social change re-ignited.
Lots of lessons and great memories where shared during the weekend, such as:
So what exactly did participants get up to over the past 3 days, you may be asking? A LOT! Below are just a few activities that our alumni got up to:
- The Amazing Scavenger Challenge: An exercise were teams had to undertake a number of activities and tasks (some VERY tricky) to gain points. There were 6 teams in total and competition was definitely stiff.
- Brainstorming workshop for alumni to identify the skills and talents they each have to offer.
- Panelist Discussion on “Finding Your Passion & Building Success“: We have the privilege of having the following individuals as our panelists – Sizwe Nxumalo (African School of Excellence), Pablo Esteves (Emzingo), Tebello Rampo (Activate!) and Mashokane Mahlo (Young Entrepreneurs Platform).Below are some great points shared on the panel:
Three days definitely flies by and we concluded the 2014 enke: Alumni Summit knowing that our participants had definitely fulfilled the enke mission, to: Connect. Equip. Inspire.
A big thank you to DG Murray Trust for making the enke: Alumni Summit a reality!
To enke alumni who didn’t make it to this weekend, we’ll definitely catch you next year
28 January, 2014 - Posted by Admin in Blog
In T-minus 3 days we will be hosting our first ever 2014 enke: Alumni Summit!
This 2-day summit, that is themed “RE-CONNECT! RE-INSPIRE!”, will host 70 past enke participants from enke programs – bright young leaders from across South Africa aged between 18 and 28 years of age.
At a time when more of enke’s 980 past participants are entering tertiary institutions and the workforce, the 2014 enke Alumni Summit is an awesome opportunity for these past participants to reconnect and network with other alumni, as well as refresh their personal development and leadership skills to assist them in making a positive impact within their respective communities.
This year enke’s Alumni Summit will feature impact entrepreneur Karissa Samuels as the keynote speaker. Her sixty minute session will provide insight into how to identify and follow one’s passion, in addition to discussing the benefits of young people networking and collaborating to make a positive impact in their world. The two-day Summit will also incorporate diverse panel discussions and workshops for attendees to gain fresh perspectives on how to make their marks within their communities.
The 2014 enke: Alumni Summit was made possible by the good folks at DG Murray Trust and will run from Friday 31 January to Sunday 2 February 2014.
06 January, 2014 - Posted by Admin in Blog
Today is the first day back in the office for the enke team and it’s great to be back.
There are no holiday blues to speak of, as we are all-systems-go in terms of kicking off the New Year. So what are looking forward to , you may ask? Below is a short list of what’s on our radar:
- enke turns 5 this year *woop woop*
- Celebrating the achievements of our 2013 Trailblazers in March/April.
- 2014 Igniters & 2014 Trailblazers join the enke family in June/July of this year.
- Hosting exciting and exhilirating enke: Forums in Johannesburg & Cape Town, come June/July 2014.
We could tell you EVERYTHING exciting that’s happening at enke, but where’s the fun in that? Instead we will recommend that you keep an eye on our Facebook page, Twitter timeline and this here enke Blog for more exciting information and announcements regarding what’s new at enke in 2014.
Here’s to an inspiring and exciting 2014, where you get to #MakeYourMark on your community, city and world!
- The enke Team