What’s our story?
That is an important question. Here goes:
Tom Walsh, Philippa (Pip)Wheaton and Kathryn Maunders were volunteering in under-resourced schools in KwaZulu Natal when they discovered some important findings. The youth, they learnt, were unhappy about the state of their schools, communities and cities, but felt they had no voice. What they needed was a chance, a platform or a shot at creating change.
The Startup and Early Growth: 2009 – 2012
In February 2009 the trio developed the concept of a space that would accommodate youth from diverse backgrounds, where ideas could be shared and developed. The space would unite youth from all socio-economic backgrounds and to mark the beginning of the enke journey they thus held the first ever enke: Forum in July of 2009. The first Forum showed that the full potential of the youth in South Africa was undiscovered and untapped. High school youth who attended the event discussed dozens of innovative and inspired solutions to their community social issues with implementation strategies to match. It was clear that a once-off conference would be inadequate, and so, in 2010, enke: Make Your Mark was born with Pip as the first CEO in 2010 and a team that grew slowly and steadily until 2013. Management and governance structures were established that would position enke to empower the youth more strategically.
Stabilisation and Change: 2012 – 2016
With the stabilisation period came change where flagship programmes, Trailblazer and Ignition, were defined and standardised for scale. In 2014, Pip stepped down and Rufaro Mudimu, who had been leading enke’s programmes, was appointed CEO in 2015. Under Rufaro’s leadership, enke developed a new strategy and the Catalyst programme and bespoke services were developed and added to the offering. In addition, enke operated a leaner and more focused directive to reach their goal to empower the youth of South Africa.
Scaling and Stable Expansion: 2017 – current
In more recent times and with over 10 years’ experience in Youth Empowerment in South Africa, enke continues to grow, perfect and refine. We have continued to build our enke alumni of awesome youth who continue to innovate in their communities. We have also continued to grow our bespoke services, expanding to companies and organisations who need to understand youth empowerment- at its core.Get Involved