enke means ‘Ink’ in SeTswana and ‘take it’ in SeSotho and that’s what we do. We empower youth to be the authors of their futures by seizing opportunities that will change their lives and those of their communities forever. We help young people make their mark.
enke exists to reverse negative trends that affect youth. We believe in building inherent assets and developing entrepreneurial mindsets and non-cognitive skills, creating agents of social responsibility, innovation and entrepreneurship.
Through leadership and social action programmes, we provide young people (ages 15-35) with the networks, entrepreneurial skills and inspiration to realise their value and thrive. We provide value to communities aligned with Sustainable Development Goals 4, 5 and 8.
We connect people within, through and across a spectrum of diverse backgrounds. We enable valuable networks, social capital and social cohesion building.
We equip youth with an entrepreneurial mindset and social-emotional skills - real-world skills that unlock opportunities for future success
We inspire a bias towards action, to achieve personal, professional, national and global development aspirations
We strongly believe that Africa’s young people are a crucial resource in solving global socio-economic challenges. Time and time again, African youth are proven problem solvers and leaders of change and innovation. With a bevvy of everyday challenges, African youth are often best placed to innovate for social change and economic transformation.
But… Yes. There is a but.
Too many young people don’t live in environments and lack the platforms, resources and support they need to realise their full potential and value adding global citizens.
youth in South Africa are not in education, employment or training (NEET)
of youth in Sub-Saharan Africa live on less than $2 per day
of South African youth do not have direct access to people that can help them find work or other opportunities
youth unemployment rate in South Africa
enke sees the individuals behind the stats. We give youth a chance to be the solution to the challenges they face in life and in their community.
Our work advances the Sustainable Development Goals as follows:
Quality Education – Target 4.4. Increase the number of people with relevant skills for financial success; and Target 4.7 Education for Sustainable Development & Global Citizenship.
Gender Equality – Target 5.5. Ensure full participation in leadership and decision-making
Decent Work & Economic Growth – Target 8.3 Promote policies to support job creation and growing enterprises; and Target 8.6 promote youth employment Education and Training.
Through our programmes and services, the youth can better themselves through positive and innovative contributions to society. We guide them to channel their passion and entrepreneurial spirit, while simultaneously developing their own skills.
What does this look like? Here are our programmes in a nutshell.
The enke: Community Partners Initiative (CPI) is a new program by enke: Make Your Mark to collaborate with community initiatives and organisations to provide leadership and social action programs to young people by leveraging enke’s Youth Development Programming
The vision for a better world drives us to drive our youth.
We take pride in developing young people who possess the desire and ability to identify, access and place themselves in opportunities to build a more positive future for themselves and others.Read more impactful stories
Here’s what some of our alumni say about us.