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SOME THOUGHTS...


A WORD FROM AN ACTIVATOR...

Creating Connections! Activism: the lifeblood of any nation. This is what keeps the powers that be accountable to the ordinary citizen at all times. Activate! for me has been an avenue where one can not only explore new ways of thinking but also make connections with other like-minded young people. The challenge I have come across is how do we maintain the energy of the training venue in our own little spaces? Here are a couple of thoughts on keeping those connections going.

THE GROUP

BEYOND WORDS

The coolest thing about our “work”

Implementing

is the fact that there are other young

much harder than having a “chat”

our

people interested in making change.

about it. There is a lot of value in

who are passionate about driving

Have you ever thought of coming

having people to assist with such

change. This can only be achieved

together into one space? This gives

projects and pooling our human

once we include young people

you an opportunity to share your

resources. This ensures that each

who have not been exposed to

challenges and ideas with like-

and every Activator in and round

the program, but who share our

minded people who can contribute

your community plays a role and

passion.

positively to your work.

those in need of help (implementing

people will be a challenge, but hey,

their projects) are assisted.

that’s how you build a mass, by

a

project

idea

MOBILISING OTHERS is

Our goal (as Activators) is to build network

of

Finding

young

these

people

young

mobilising. Creating this network now will make it much easier for you when you need the buy-in of others at a later stage.

You don’t know of any Activators in and around your community? First stop is http://activateleadership.co.za/users. It is one way of connecting with your fellow Activators. Once you are registered on the junction, you can use an application that gives you the exact location of every Activator in your community. This tool also gives us an idea of which areas in our country have not been “activated”. After all, it is our responsibility to ensure that every young person around the country has access to the wealth of knowledge and resources that we possess. “Each one, teach one”! Remember, there is a need for us to build and sustain the momentum of the work we do. It will not always be easy, but that is why we are a cohort of young change makers.

Mhlanganisi Madlongolwana Year 2 Activator

KZN Node


SOME IDEAS TO GET GOING...

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START WITH THE BASICS Perhaps ask yourself:

why?

What is it that you want to share with this group? Is it an idea, your thoughts, or a general discussion with like-minded people? Is it to pool resources for projects?

where?

Do the young people in your community have a space that they can call ‘theirs’? If not, why not? More importantly, how can we change that? In the meantime: Where can we gather as Activators? From city hubs to deep rural, there are civic spaces that can be used, however basic they may be. An education centre or libraries are just two examples. It’s really important to identify a place with internet connectivity so those who don’t have connection at home or in their work space can log in to the Junction, map themselves if they haven’t already and use the time to browse for relevant information.

who?

Have you identified people who will benefit from, and contribute to, the connection hub? It is a place of sharing. How can you spread the word and encourage everyone to arrive at the hub prepared for the discussions and plans? If you feel a facilitator is neccessary, have you chosen one?

what?

What is on the agenda? What are you going to discuss? Will you have a list of outcomes and practical plans when you are done discussing?

And then … Should we spread the word? Part of our quest as young people is to make our voices heard in the public realm. How can we do that? Have you engaged your local media? What message are we sending them? Getting support! We are a network of Activators, but we are also supported by Activate! the organisation. Are we keeping our training teams or management informed on our progress and connection? This keeps them in the loop of our progress, but also highlights where support is most needed. Who should write the report?


connection IT HELPS TO SET UP A CHECKLIST:

Purpose of connection hub (why)

Venue (where)

Participants and facilitator (who)

Agenda (what)

Media plans (spreading the word)

Report plans (getting support from the organisation)

Profile for ACTIVATE! Change Drivers

Connection Guidelines  

This document will help you start your own connection hubs.

Connection Guidelines  

This document will help you start your own connection hubs.