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Going beyond After an intense training programme, Activators become part of the national ACTIVATE! network: a life-long membership. You now have access to a number of platforms. These platforms support continued personal development including a study path, i n f o r ma ti on res ourc es a n d c o n n e c t io n s including channels for expression and development of initiatives and ultimately, provides a fertile ground for living the identity of an Activator.


What? Why? How?


Spaces for Activators to come together regularly to forward their causes and drive change. To develop their Activate! identity, learn, share and connect to information. Organise a space where you can meet, engage, network and plan amongst yourselves.

Stations can be any meeting place, a library, a coffee shop, a tree or someone’s garage. By signposting your station and holding regular meetings, you could obtain support for resources for your station. Activators can set up their own meeting places and add them to the stations’ list online, which will be a GeoMap of all meeting places and times of meetings so that all Activators can join in. Register your meeting place on the GeoMap.


What? Why? How?


Online/mobile spaces for Activators who share the same passion on a specific issue. So that Activators can deepen their knowledge, connect with thought leaders, grow experience, voice their opinions, and drive change through action. Set up a Hive for your area of interest and invite other Activators to join. Fill your Hive with events, experts, resources, networks, etc. Load and manage initiatives and start online exchange events with thought leaders/experts.

Connection Hives are made up of Activators that want to deepen their shared knowledge and skills. This is where Activators can collaborate, create rich resource content and connections with each other, thought leaders and opportunities, all aligned to a specific area of interest. Connection Hives are also about creating conversations, developing connections with experts and making things happen. Activators can see where the other Activators are by using GeoMaps and access and contribute to information. Activators will receive a training guide on how to join and contribute content to a specific hive and over time will also develop the skill to create their own hives and add a community of connections to them from inside and outside Activate!. The Connection Hives systems are on web and mobile.


What? Why? How?


A platform that helps Activators to turn ideas into reality. So that Activators can understand root causes, innovation and how to overcome challenges. Using the economic engines that are needed to address these challenges through the creation of initiatives that have an increased chance of success. By taking ideas through the social business model canvas, Activators can have a clear understanding of how to move their projects forward.

‘Activate! Switch – Press Play’ is a space where ideas are turned into reality: through training, support and consultation with relevant thought leaders. After completing the Switch training, Activator initiatives will have an increased value to meet their purpose and feasibility. Activators will also be able to promote their ideas and subsequently turn them into sustainable entities – both for profit businesses and non-profit organisations. The 4 steps to finding success through Switch: Step 1: Elevator Pitches All Activators who are interested in joining the Switch will be required to submit an elevator pitch of their project. This is a short description of the idea, its impact, its innovative edge and a description of the team or individual working on the project. Step 2: Project Model Canvas Training Activators are trained in extracting the core value of their initiatives and ideas by interrogating the form their ideas are taking, doing a thorough stakeholder analysis, considering costs and operational challenges, defining their value proposition as an organisation, the channels of delivery of such value and identifying customer or beneficiary segments through innovation techniques. Step 3: The Lion’s Den The Lion’s Den/Ideas Festival is a space where Activators who run their own companies and social-impact projects are given an opportunity to collaborate, co-create and present their work to a panel of judges. The judges are industry and thought leaders who will give valuable input on how Activators may better augment their projects. Step 4: Funding Breakfast Having gone through the Switch process, Activators will gain access to funding breakfasts. This event is aimed at linking potential funders to Activators. Activators are given the time and space to present projects that are “funding-ready”, feasible and sustainable as a result of their journey through the Switch.


What? Why? How?


To provide an accredited qualification platform for Activators so that they can deepen their skills and understanding but also grow their credibility. So that Activators can create opportunities for themselves and others and also contribute more formally as change drivers. The course is divided into modules and is presented at a number of workshops. Each workshop will cover a section of the course content as well as the assignments that you will need to complete and hand in for assessment. You will have a final assessment at the end of each module and if you are successful you will be entered on the SAQA database as being competent in the module.

AQ Activate! Quotient = IQ (Intellectual intelligence) + EQ (Emotional Intelligence)

ACTIVATE! is offering unit standards aligned to a certificate in Community Development at NQF Level 5 for all interested Activators. This will make you a more effective leader for public innovation by deepening your understanding and knowledge of community development practices and sharpening your skills. The requirement is that you must have completed all three modules of the ACTIVATE! training programme. FIRST SEMESTER: Community Development Theory and Practice SECOND SEMESTER: Youth Leadership peer learning THIRD SEMESTER: Formalising a community development initiative COURSE COSTS: ACTIVATE! will subsidise approximately 50% of the cost of the course. Learners will however be expected to pay a monthly fee that will not exceed R300 per month for the 12-month period as well as cover their accommodation costs or non-residentiasl training sessions. We will keep developing partnerships with organisations who want to offer their training to Activators. Please note we have submitted the course to SAQA and we are awaiting their approval for accreditation. For more information go to

“ f you don’t like someone’s story, write your own.” Chinua Achebe


What? Why? How?


To co-create a rich canvas for Activators to voice their ideas, opinions and challenges. Collaborate through Exchanges and workshops. Provide insight into the realities of young people in SA. So that the voice of the youth has a suitable and respected channel for expression, dialogue and debate connected to ACTION. Attend and/or host an Exchange. Sign up on the Junction. Read the ACTIVATE! Post (newsletter) and submit stories to

This is a platform through which Activators can share their stories and get support for media exposure. The monthly e-newsletter publishes opinions, news and stories about and for Activators so make sure you subscribe to the newsletter by visiting the website and encourage others to subscribe too. The Engage platform includes Exchanges which are series of national events and facilitated dialogues that take place throughout the year. They provide a space to discuss what young people are doing to create change and what can be done to support them. The idea is that Activators interact, make contacts and exchange ideas with people from all sectors of society. These events are designed to widen networks of opportunities and create awareness. For more information check out If you are an Activator, and haven’t signed up to the Junction yet, now is the time to do it! This is an online meeting space for Activators to explore opportunities (bursaries, internships, jobs, learnerships, exchange programmes) and find relevant resources for passion areas (e.g. early childhood development, agriculture, media etc). It’s also a great opportunity to plug relevant information into Connection Hives – useful resources from the Junction can be used such as contacts and access to a media list of community and mainstream media outlets where Activators can express their views and raise awareness of the work they are doing.

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