This July, Rocketseed employees gave their time to help young South Africans develop projects tackling issues in their communities at the enke: Forum 2012 in both Johannesburg and Cape Town.
The enke: Forum is a week of networking, training, and planning, bringing together young people from all walks of life, uniting them around a shared vision for a brighter future for South Africa. At the enke: Forum, there is intensive, hands-on leadership training and practical skills to help learners turn an idea for social change into action. Learners are inspired by their peers, young South African role-models and well-known contemporary thought- and action-leaders like Dr. Mamphela Ramphele, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Setlogane Manchidi, Somizi Mhlongo, Janet Jobson and many more.
The enke: Forum is just a start; it kicks off the enke: Youth Award, a nine-month program where young people take action on the most urgent social issues in their communities. A key part of this program is that participants are challenged to implement a Community Action Project (CAP), projects that they implement to tackle issues they identify in their communities.
This is where the Rocketseed employees came in as “enke: Consultants” helping these young leaders to come up with a realistic plan. By being an “enke: Consultant”, employees were part of a 2 hour interactive consultation process working with 4-5 youth, hearing the about the passion-driven projects. Through this our consultants were able to have a real impact on the young people we work with and their future community projects.
Asked about her experience as an enke: Consultant, Nicolette Rotter, “It was an absolute privilege and a pleasure to spend a few hours with 4 of these students at the Cape Town Forum, where each student shared their Community Action Project with me. These projects were diverse and some quite serious – from tackling teenage pregnancy to tutoring students – they were all inspiring and each came with its own very personal message. The ONLY negative is that you get introduced to these amazing students over only a few hours and then someone calls time and it is all over! I hope next year we can get more involved as this is an excellent forum that is very well run and a joy to partake in.”
Now, participants are putting that advice and guidance into action as they are starting to implement their Community Action Projects a reality. “One of my highlights was the consultants. They asked me questions and helped me have a better picture of what I can do to make my project a reality,” commented one of the program participants.