About us


ACTIVATE! Change Drivers was initiated in January 2012, and to date has provided more than 2500 young South Africans with the training to change their lives, and the world they inhabit. The organisation is present across all nine provinces from cities, rural areas, education levels, in diverse religious and sexual orientations and identities. 


Mission, Vision and Objectives:

  • Our objective is to equip young people of South Africa to be innovative active citizens, influencing and provoking positive change for the global good.
  • Our vision is a network of young leaders with the capacity to drive change for the public good across South Africa.
  • Our mission is to build the capacity of Activators to become leaders for public innovation and catalyse connection points giving rise and support to growing the influence of a network of change drivers as a new political, social and economic force.
  • Our work is based on values of generosity, respect, strategic intentional relevance and responsibility.












What we do:

ACTIVATE! Change Drivers is a youth leadership development programme that brings more than 3250 young people together in a national network, through leadership training. These young people, or ‘Activators’, are consciously and critically engaged in multi-sectoral initiatives across the economic, political and social spectrums.

Our model comprises of two strategic elements, both central to the development of a young person as an agent for change. Firstly, there is a training element. The ACTIVATE! Change Drivers course is a residential training commitment (18 days) with ongoing home tasks. The second element is a wide-range of platforms and formats, geared to support Activators to increase their influence and impact. It aims to support their specific social initiatives and overall entrepreneurial approach, sustaining their connections to each other and the broader network or resources and opportunities.

Key Focus areas:

  •     Health
  •     Literacy
  •     Inclusivity and Interconnectedness
  •     Youth Economic Participation
  •     Active Citizenry




The ACTIVATE! Change Drivers programme equips Activators with innovation & project planning skills. They explore aspects of leadership & values; and offer an understanding on how to navigate the socio-political landscape.

ACTIVATE ! Change Drivers Programme

The ACD Programme seeks to connect & equip young leaders already active and committed to the public good, with a toolkit for social change. In an environment that nurtures social, economic and political forces for community development, this is our entry-tier course that helps participants take their leadership skills to the next level.

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Community Development Certificate Course

Many times, many activators are effective community development workers lacking only a formal qualification. The CCD Course is accredited by SAQA as a nationally-recognised tertiary certificate, instructing course attendees in local & international best practice and practical skills.

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SWITCH  Entrepreneurship Programme

Here is a 11-month course for carefully-selected aspiring social entrepreneurs. The SSE programme helps participants nurture the development of strong social businesses, helping them to proceed from an idea to business incubation or the start-up of their initiative.

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