Youth leadership network, ACTIVATE! is calling socially-motivated young leaders who want to play a role in developing South Africa, to to apply and be part of the 2016 group of Activators.
In addition to becoming a member of a 1000-strong national network of dynamic community leaders, Activators kickstart their membership by experiencing a part-time, residential 3-module training programme includes a comprehensive personal development curriculum that runs part-time over a year which aims to hone and optimise the leadership skills of the participants.
According to Communications Manager, Nelisa Ngqulana, the ACTIVATE! network which was launched in 2012, is made up of young leaders between the ages of 20-30 who are actively involved and interested in being part of a narrative that promotes a positive youth identity, innovation for the public good and influencing the public discourse.
Activators come from different sectors, socio-economic backgrounds and life experiences but are joined together by their common purpose to effect positive change, says Ngqulana.
“The ideal candidate is someone with the courage and drive to engineer positive change in their communities – a natural entrepreneur with strong leadership skills – who through their involvement with ACTIVATE! will benefit from our progressive coaching modules as well as the access offered to a national network of like-minded peers and resources to further their vision,” she explains.
The ACTIVATE! training programme systematically support entrepreneurial capacity with a research-based experimental training, national mobilisation and an on-going support programmes that focuses on the following five broad pillars:
– Developing a strong sense of self;
-Generating social capital and connections;
– Stimulating innovative thinking and the ability to lead public innovation;
– Building the capacity to navigate socio-political systems effectively;
– Using their connections with other Activators towards projects that will have a tangible national impact.
“A single person with a passionate vision can change a community’s circumstances with the right intervention if they have personal insight and the necessary skills,” says Chris Meintjies, CEO of ACTIVATE!
“By creating connections between common purpose-driven individuals, we allow their impact to increase exponentially.”“After going through the ACTIVATE! Training programme, I am empowered to do what I do better,” says Activator sincee 2013 Ashraf Kenny.
If you are a young, vibrant leader who is looking for an opportunity to drive real change in South Africa by connecting with other extraordinary young people across the country, then apply to be part of the ACTIVATE! network by going to www.activateleadership.co.za .
Applications close on 30 October 2015.