Activate! Change Drivers

Forging a Network of Change Drivers

The ACTIVATE! residential programme has been conceptualised within six spheres. These spheres represent the core focus areas of the programme and anchor and cut across all modules. The ACTIVATE! Residential Programme is conducted in two residential modules. Participants arrive on a Saturday and leave the following Saturday. Modules are scheduled approximately 8 – 10 weeks apart and participants will be given tasks to complete in the periods between modules.

Frequently Asked Questions

I don’t have Matric or a post-school qualification, can I still apply?
Only applicants who have matriculated will be considered for the 2017 intake. You must, however, be able to engage fully with the rest of the participants in written and spoken English. 

How much does the programme cost?
The residential training programme is provided at no charge to participants, and all expenses related to travel and accommodation are covered. 

How will I get to the courses?
All of the expenses related to attending the programme will be covered by Activate. This includes your transport to and from residential courses. Transport, and other costs, related to carry out your projects are not covered by the programme.
Please note that transport will be provided from central pick up points in each province to your allocated training venues. Participants will be required to travel to these various pick up points at their own cost.
We will however cover the following costs for your residential training sessions:
– transport from central pick up points to training venues all accommodation all meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner)
The details of the various pick up points and pick up times for each training module will be communicated to successful applicants.

I haven’t run any projects yet, but I am passionate about making a difference. Can I still apply?
You can definitely apply. However, in your application you will need to motivate strongly about why you want to be in the programme and show that you are willing to be committed to taking action for the public good. 

I have full-time employment or am studying full-time can I still be part of the programme?
Yes! You will need to negotiate with your supervisor or lecturers to let you have time off to attend all sessions. Attending the programme could potentially be considered study leave. 

I am a full-time student, will the residential courses fit into my holiday schedule?
Unfortunately we cannot guarantee that the courses will fall directly into your university holidays. You may need to negotiate a leave of absence in order to attend all aspects of the programme. 

When will I find out if my application is successful?
Shortlisted candidates will be contacted before the 15th of December. They will then be asked to attend a full-day assessment process, after which the successful applicants will be informed. 

I am turning 30 in 2017, can I still apply?
Yes. You must be 29 years of age or below when you apply for the programme (ie 2017). You may turn 30 while on the programme. 

What do you mean by community leader?
A community leader is someone respected in your community or field of work. If you are studying, it may be a teacher or lecturer. It could be your pastor or imam. It might be your boss, or mentor. It could also be a municipal counsellor or leader in your area. It is less important what position the person is, and more important what they say about you! 

Can I attend only some parts the programme?
No. Joining the Activate programme requires that you commit to attending ALL the residential sessions, and that you complete the home tasks.

Can I post or fax my application? 
No. You must complete the ONLINE application form. If you do not have internet access, you can dial *120*16000# on your mobile phone when applications have been opened.

Content Sharing

Participants are encouraged to share their own  initiatives, insights and experiences within the sessions.

198 Forms of Non-violent Action

The session is inspired  by the work of Gene  Sharp who in 1972 published The Methods of Non-violent Action commonly known  as 198 Methods of non-violent protest and persuasion. Participants identify issues and common concerns, examine how we normally look at and respond to them and then  re-conceptualise how they can apply non-violent  principles  in response to these issues or concerns into the own context.

As One Collective Leadership: Situational Leadership

The programme explores situational leadership through the As One Collective  Leadership model  developed by DeLoitte  Global Services. The As One approach explores how every situation calls for the right type of leadership and the right team for the task.  Participants are able to identity leadership situations and to reflect on the appropriate type of leadership responses and apply the learning to their own contexts. At the end of this session, participants will have a clear understanding that a single leadership style is not applicable  to every situation and that different situations require different responses and input from both the leaders and the team.

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