ACTIVATE! Change Drivers is a national non-profit organisation in South Africa with the primary objective of equipping the youth to become active citizens in order to influence and promote positive change in their communities. ACTIVATE! has trained and empowered more than 3 400 young South Africans in previously disadvantaged communities since it was launched by Siyashesha Leadership Incubator seven years ago, creating a network of change agents who have a daily impact on their communities.
Its youthful change drivers, known as Activators, have contributed a staggering R31-million worth of free volunteer hours to the South African economy to create social change (Source: ACTIVATE! YouCount research survey, 2018).
In more recent ACTIVATE! research released in July 2019 – The Impact of Social Youth Networks in South Africa, the role of young Activators in their networks was analysed, establishing that social youth networks form an integral part of any viable economic development strategy, particularly in countries such as South Africa, where development is still “uneven, fragile and difficult”.