By Regomoditswe Teke

Activate Change Drivers! is a youth leadership programme/ a network of young leaders equipped to drive change for the public good across South Africa. Its main objective is to equip South Africa youth with necessary skills and resources to be innovative active citizens, influencing and provoking positive change for the global good. They provide a platform for young people to network, connect and impact with a common goal. 

It is an environment that nurtures social, economic and political forces for community development, this entry-tier course helps participants take their leadership skills to the next level. Activate Change Drivers has over 2500 trainted young people with 3230 active members, 39 business owners and a record of 87% engagement between activators. 

One of their on-going projects is the Switch Social Entrepreneurs Programme, an incubator for start-ups and initiatives. The programme is eligible to 60 young people who have completed the Activate Change Drivers programme. It is an all cost covered 11-month course for aspiring entrepreneurs that supports Activators with their businesses or start-ups. 

The programme runs over two series workshops, the first one took place in Bloemfontein on 01 April 2019, mainly focusing on the impact and relevance. Their main key focus is; basic research, building a business model, tips on pitching, and digital media management skills. This takes place in 6 selected cities across the country, determined after the application process.

The last leg of the programme will end with a 2-day national seminar in Johannesburg and one entrepreneur will win a 10-day entrepreneurial safari trip to India.