Our Mission

To inspire young people from diverse backgrounds to be creative and entrepreneurial and to take ownership of driving change in their communities.




“Drivers for Change was absolutely amazing. Nothing like any program I have attended. It definitely changed my life and the way I view social change. Having come from a non-profit organisation that was not sustainable it was everything I needed.

I learned so much from this program. I learned how to set up a social enterprise, finance it, market it, sustain it and also on how other young people are involved in incredible social enterprises.”

Karabo Mokgonyana, Johannesburg, Drivers for Change 2018 participant

We inspire, upskill and connect young people that are passionate about driving change in their communities.

Impact data

Our early feedback has been brilliant (check out some of our participant's happy tweets and our video below!) and our impact stats from the pilot journey were pretty awesome - keep reading to see these!

We continue to work closely with the group to support the development of them as individuals and their ideas.

Roughly speaking, the mix of the group is one-third aspiring social entrepreneurs, one-third campaigners and one-third social impact career starters. Check out this video of our recent one-year reunion to find out more.


feel they will be a better leader as a direct result of taking part in Drivers for Change


feel their communication and storytelling skills improved because of the journey


agree or strongly agree that they will create a larger social impact because of Drivers for Change


agree or strongly agree to feeling more able to create lasting change


agree or strongly agree that their confidence in their leadership ability has grown because of Drivers for Change


feel that they are better equipped to become a purpose-driven leader

Stats from Akou Impact Report 2018.

Outside Westminster Abbey on our final day
Drivers for Change arrive in Liverpool
Drivers for Change visit Edinburgh
Working outside in York on Drivers for Change social enterprise projects

theory of change

Our theory of change explains how our journey has an impact both on the young participants and the communities they live in.