Inkululeko - With Freedom Comes Hope

Your title/position Board Member
Type of Enterprise non-profit organization
Year the ngo or company was founded 2012
Website Inkululeko
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Explain your project in details:

Inkululeko provides hands-on tutoring for high-school aged youth in Grahamstown, South Africa -- one of the poorest areas in the Eastern Cape Province of the country. Our mission is to provide youth in an underprivileged area with the skills, support and guidance necessary to apply for, attend and succeed in university; to challenge the bigotry of low expectations for township youth; and to provide sustainable, positive change; student-by-student, generation-by-generation. This is done by identifying and discovering areas for academic improvement amongst learners and structuring a program of success to enable their greatest strengths and maximize future opportunities. Whether the end-goal is university or the workforce, learners are equipped with the skills necessary to engage in a competitive, global workforce. To date, some Inkululeko learners have placed in the top ten of their classes with some even placing very first in their class. The organization is structured to be heavily woven into the local community it serves. Inkululeko works with the Grahamstown community to identify challenges and opportunities in education and works within existing frameworks and systems to address those challenges and capitalize upon those opportunities. Qualified staff with knowledge of the local culture are hired from the township to help lead key Inkululeko initiatives.

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Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development

Through intentional and purposeful academic programming, we are providing a foundation for generations of success. According to News 24, the Eastern Cape Province where Inkululeko is located had a pass rate of only 56.8% in 2015 for the matric exams students take at the end of Grade 12. The Eastern Cape not only falls far behind Western Cape, the province with best academic performance, but also the entire nation, which has a pass rate of 70.7%. In the Western Cape, the pass rate in 2015 was 84.7%. The clear disparity in exam success rate is indicative of the socioeconomic inequality that South Africa is confronting. Daily Maverick describes Grahamstown as a town in crisis with some two-thirds of the people are unemployed. The racial tension is obvious as The Guardian narrates that most white people still live in pleasant houses with large gardens, and most black people in the huge neighboring township with few streetlights and little in the way of running water. Its absurd wealth inequalities are embodied by the distance of a few streets between the professors dining in fancy restaurants and the desperately poor sex workers servicing truck drivers for a few coins. Through our programming, we are providing Grahamstown with a model for sustainable education through a conscious application of academic pedagogy aimed at unlocking, enhancing and unleashing the intellectual and personal prowess of our learners.

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Sustainability and future plans

We realize that education is not merely limited to the theoretical understanding of mathematics and language arts. Practical application is becoming more and more crucial as experience by potential employers is becoming a requirement for some entry-level positions. We are pleased, with the support of the John Ben Snow Memorial Trust (JBSMT), to have begun phase one of our social enterprise project, filling an existing void in the community, engaging our learners in building a small business and creating a way for the unit to make money to sustain the non-profit organization. We have conceptualized every part of this social enterprise around both generating a profit in the future as well as Inkululeko learner engagement. Conversations held in the classroom included the general amount of expendable income that exists in the community, what people in the township community spend expendable income on currently and what theyd potentially spend it on if we were to offer a new product/service, and what we have to offer that we can sell for a profit. Through this process, learners are challenged to think both in a short-term and long-term mode of thinking to identify a local market and plan for future sustainability.

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Your profile as an entrepreneur

Jason Torreano, Executive Director, is a social entrepreneur, grant writer and fundraiser. Originally from Lockport, New York (outside of Buffalo), Jason received an undergraduate degree in journalism and worked in TV newsrooms across the country as an anchor and reporter before pursuing a career in the non-profit sector. Jason spent several years in Grahamstown, South Africa volunteering at a school for street children. In 2011, he went on to found Inkululeko, an organization that serves motivated South African township youth with finishing high school and moving onto university. In his role at Inkululeko, he developed mutually beneficial collaborations with entities around the world and created a fee-for-service model with U.S. institutions to assist with sustainability. He has worked in a number of development roles at several NGOs in upstate NY. He's secured foundation grants, organized fundraising initiatives and enjoys connecting potential donors to the mission and vision of an organization. Jason holds a BS from SUNY Brockport and an MA focused on Non-Profit Management and International Development from SUNY Empire State College. He is a huge fan of social entrepreneurship, passionate people, his dog Adelaide (named after a small South African town in the Eastern Cape Province) and running long distances, slowly.

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September 1, 2017 04:54

Dear Resiliant Entrepreneur,

It's the end of the competition, I want to urge you to not leave this community without the contact (email especially) of as many other entrepreneurs on this platform. You never can tell what your further conversations may produce.

It's the power of networking and leverage I'm talking about...
Here's my email [email protected] looking forward to hearing from you.


August 31, 2017 23:55

Bye fellow entrepreneur:
As I say good buy, I must say it has been an astounding time reading so many great entries.
I went through the details of your idea and was indeed very impressed. Would you be kind enough to please explain to me as how you got this idea? Equally importantly, who were (are) the people who inspired you for you to come up with this idea.
Take care and all the very best!

August 31, 2017 22:26

Hello fellow passenger,

You might have heard the famous song "What I've done" by Linkin park. The lyrics have been beautifully carved by the late singer Chester Bennington. The song covers the ways in which our so called development has helped only a handful of the upper society members, whereas people are still living in poverty.

We have a great platform here which is urging super brains from around the world to come together and collaborate with their ideas and help make this world a better place to live in. You have been a part of this community and I congratulate you on your effort that you have put in.

Thanks once again and all the best for the future
Team GreenSpace

August 31, 2017 22:08

Hello my fellow traveler, How are you feeling as our road ends temporarily?
I have just seen your entry and have been thoroughly impressed by it. Will you be willing to collaborate incase you want to set it up on ground?
I would like to be in touch with you,
Cheers from Kabul.

August 31, 2017 21:46

As the YCEC draws closest to close take this from me, Those who win a competition are not always the best but they are the ones that put extra effort and got that little push they desired. On the other hand those that doesn't win are not always the worst either most times they always go ahead to become the better ones on the long run. So selected or not never give up on your idea or project, try as much hard to make it a reality. Congratulations in advance. Changing the world begins with you. CHEERS.

August 31, 2017 20:51

In this fight for a sustainable future, what we need is innovation; something which is not necessarily new, but which makes us look at things from a different angle.

I believe this is one of the major motives of this community which we are a part of. Taking one step together hand in hand towards our goal is the only way we can achieve it.

So I wish you the very best in this endeavour of yours and hope to see you together in the new tomorrow

Team GreenSpace

August 31, 2017 19:02

Yes, it was a wonderful journey !
a. Reading them gives me good bumps. Will you be able to give me some more details about your proposal?
b. Also, please go through my IDEA called EDU-CELL and if you like it, please vote.
c. This is what I could think when I saw your proposal. Truly inspirational and positive initiative from your side that is sending ripples amongst my friends and relatives. If you think it will be applicable in Afghanistan, please send me the details.
Thank You !
Truly, Shuhra K, Afghanistan

August 31, 2017 18:15


August 31, 2017 17:44

Thank You my dear!
Three thoughts come to my mind as we end:
(a) Will we be in touch?
(b) It is a small and beautiful world
(c) All the best
Bye for now!
S. Koofi, Kabul

August 31, 2017 17:07


August 31, 2017 03:41


This entrepreneurship-campus platform has been amazing it has enabled us to see all the enthusiasts and to share our passion and experiences to learn from each other. Good luck with your work and wishing you all the success on your journey. Please try to keep in touch; this is important to me as I find this inspirational.

I appreciate all your votes, valuable feedback, advice, and suggestions. For me it has helped me to improve my ideas and also helps me to win and learn from the ideas that you have given me.

Best of Luck! And keep it up

Kindest regards

August 31, 2017 00:42

What a proposal! I am truly amazed.
So many good thoughts including yours. Reading them gives me good bumps. Will you be able to give me some more details about your proposal? And on a different note, wont it be great if you have a quick glance at my IDEA called EDU CELL.
Take care!
Shuhra (Kabul) !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

August 30, 2017 21:29

Hello fellow traveler!
I must say that I found your idea truly inspiring. I would like to know more about it? Do you think you can give me more details about your proposal so I can understand it more and give ffedbakc as well as evaluate if it can be done in my country?
I would also like to request you to please my IDEA called EDU-CELL. DO you think it is relevant in your country. If yes, let me know. I can even help in establishing it in your place during the course of this year!
Have a great day

August 30, 2017 20:52

Hello my friend,
May I entreat you to read my entry EDU CELL. I have read your and must say it is fantastic. How did you come up with the idea, I wonder? Who helped you?
Bye for now,

August 30, 2017 20:10

What a proposal! I am truly amazed.
So many good thoughts including yours. Reading them gives me good bumps. Will you be able to give me some more details about your proposal? And on a different note, wont it be great if you have a quick glance at my IDEA called EDU CELL.
Take care!
Shuhra (Kabul)

August 30, 2017 18:49

Greetings from Kabul!
i. What a beautiful idea!
ii. I need more details especially on the sustainability of the initiative.
iii. Will you be willing to collaborate incase you want to set it up on ground?
Good luck
Shuhra , Kabul, Afghanistan

August 29, 2017 16:15

Hello everyone,

Now we are reaching the end of the competition. I want to thank everyone who have been voting and commenting on my ideas and interest in helping support GU.

As all of you said, a visual universal language is needed for this continuously developing society. I am trying my best to launch my Gadaa Universe with the help of you and your constructive comments. We will do whatever it takes to exceed your expectations.

Best of Luck! And keep it up

Kind regards

August 28, 2017 20:07

Being a part of India's well-known Entrepreneurship Cell of the most prestigious engineering college in India, I have interacted with many startup enthusiasts, have got to know how they think and what are some qualities that set them apart from the ones who are not able to see their idea through. Reading through your idea, I have realised that your idea has that spark which can help it become a successful venture. Coupled with its aim to help the society achieve its goals sustainably, your idea can be something quite helpful for the same.

But before it's implementation, you need to do a "premortem" check on how it can fail. This would prepare you for any uncalled-for circumstances and help you prepare for them accordingly.

Lastly, I would like you to have a look at our idea, GreenSpace, and share your views about the same.

Team GreenSpace.

August 28, 2017 15:57

Greetings Dear Colleague ,

Thank you for being a part of that great event , it was a great nice Journey , but the best thing of it is meeting good friends like you , I hope every one of you achieve his dreams.
thanks again & best wishes for you all.

your brother Ahmed

August 28, 2017 12:38

Hello My Friend!

Thank you for being here all this while. Your dreams are valid and your project is very viable. Keep thriving and best will keep coming your way.

Best of Luck.

August 27, 2017 17:56

Hello dear members of the entrepreneurship community,

I hope you will join us too and learn the GU universal communication system and the Gadaa system practices when the platform and the system implementations are complete and fully ready for use. This work is still under development. I will let you know once it is finished.

Please keep your constructive comments. Your feedback is important! Many thanks to all contributors!

Thank you for supporting GU project. We will notify you as soon as the platform is live.

Best of Luck!

August 26, 2017 18:18

Dear Champion,

It takes just one idea/project to transform the world. As you keep working hard towards your dreams and to add your quota in the improvement of the world, I wish you the best of luck.

Remain Lifted!

August 26, 2017 16:55

Hello Great Mind!

Thank you for your support to AfricEnergy so far. I appreciate your kind words, positive remarks and contribution on my idea. As you continue to progress in your quest for the improvement of the World, I wish you success and breakthrough.

Best of luck!

August 26, 2017 16:55

Hello Great Mind!

Thank you for your support to AfricEnergy so far. I appreciate your kind words, positive remarks and contribution on my idea. As you continue to progress in your quest for the improvement of the World, I wish you success and breakthrough.

Best of luck!

August 25, 2017 20:23

Hi Homey
Congradulations for such a wonderful need people like you who think of others.keep on motivating and helping this young stars.our development on this country rely on you.good luck

August 25, 2017 18:51

Hello Champion!

Did you miss Today's (Friday) Inspiration from YCEC? Here it is; "Change your thoughts and you change the World" - Norman Vincent Peale.

Your project is valid, so are your thoughts. Keeping improving and progressing.

Best of Luck!

August 25, 2017 10:02


As your project aims to promote sustainable, quality and equitable education; what are the challenges have you faced so far?

Thank you and I look forward to your response.Best of Luck!

August 24, 2017 17:40

Dear community member,

As the competition deadline is approaching near, we would like some feedback regarding our idea, some ways by which we can tweak it and make it a little better and ready for future execution.
(follow this link

Please vote and support our idea.

Thank you in advance.
Team GreenSpace

August 23, 2017 18:36

After going through your project, I firmly believe that with good management and excellent execution, this project will help the society grow in a sustainable manner. This would have various positive effects on the environment and also the society in general.

I wish you the best for the same.

I would really appreciate if you could go through my idea as well(follow this link Our idea deals with covering an otherwise unused rooftop of a building with green plants and using that space for a multitude of activities.

Thank you
Team GreenSpace

August 23, 2017 09:03

An Awesome Day to You, Dear Campus Colleague,

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August 23, 2017 00:09

Adam King
You have shown great efforts on this project and I believe you will make more good progress to its full extension.
Never give up

August 22, 2017 21:37

Greetings, Dear Entrepreneurial Colleague

We are few steps to the announcement day. I want to use this medium to appreciate your effort, progress so far and support to my idea. Never relent, keep pushing and I wish you success, all the way.

You may enjoy this article on "How to Segment a Market" for your project/business: copy ad paste this address into your browser:

Best of Luck!

August 22, 2017 20:39

Dear Adam King
I hope you're making good progress whether this competition is on progress or not this project should make more progress to its full extension. Congulatulation for the efforts you're making on it
Best of luck

August 22, 2017 18:54


your project is a very impressive and it will surely be beneficial for all the people..
It looks promising and executable.
Congratulations for all your efforts that you have put into your project.
Good luck

August 22, 2017 18:54


your project is a very impressive and it will surely be beneficial for all the people..
It looks promising and executable.
Congratulations for all your efforts that you have put into your project.
Good luck

August 22, 2017 18:54


your project is a very impressive and it will surely be beneficial for all the people..
It looks promising and executable.
Congratulations for all your efforts that you have put into your project.
Good luck

August 22, 2017 13:33

Thank you very much for you comment, suggestion and humble advice. I really do appreciate your opinion.
Best regards,
Shuhra Khoofi from "Edu-Cell"

August 21, 2017 18:15

Hi Adam,
I found your project interesting to read and life changing.
I invite you to please read my idea" Edu-Cell" and give some suggestions on my idea if any
Community effort is always welcome.
Thanks for reading my request!
Thanks in advance for putting the effort in answering.
If you like it Please also vote.
Keep up the good work.

August 21, 2017 17:50

Thank you Champion!

Having you around is very encouraging and wonderful. I wish you success on your journey and you should always expect the best coming your way.

You may like to see my idea, AfricEnergy, for comments and support.


August 21, 2017 08:15

Dear Adam
You have a very interesting project as it will bring bright future for the coming generation and lead to poverty alleviation through vocational skills. Congulatulation for the efforts you're putting on this project.
Best of luck!

August 20, 2017 15:32


I invite you kindly to please read and give some suggestions or comment my idea GadaaUniverse[GU]-Gadaa Universal Communication System and GU-Fair.

Thanks in advance for your votes and comment. I really appreciate your contribution and would be glad to hear your advice and opinion.

Good luck with your project!

Kind regards,

Firanbek Robele

August 19, 2017 15:06

I invite you kindly to comment my idea Path To Knowledge. I would be glad to hear your advice. I have written this message after I commented almost all ideas and projects and probably yours too. I am deeply sorry if this message bothered you, but everyone on this platform wants to go to the finals with his/her idea and makes all it is possible to get there. Maybe not all the actions are fair. Some participants copy the same meaningless message and paste it to all ideas. I just do marketing. Again, I am sorry if this message disturbed you.
Kindest regards,

August 19, 2017 08:48

Your project is real wonderful, for sure with freedom comes hope, Your project is unique as reduce inequalities and promote sustained Peace and justice.
All the best
Congulatulation for the efforts you have shown here
Never give up.

August 18, 2017 15:12

Please read my idea edu-cell and give some suggestions on my idea if any ?
Community effort is always welcome.
Thanks for reading my request!

August 18, 2017 06:09

Hello Adam!

Your project is quite interesting and impressive, as it tends to promote quality and equitable education. Congratulations for your efforts!

I wish you success and you can stop by on my idea to add your contribution.

Best of luck!

August 18, 2017 06:07


This is a very impressive idea and it will surely be beneficial for all the young minds looking for an opportunity.
It looks promising and executable
Congratulations for all your efforts and for your project.

Good luck

Shuhra Koofi.

August 13, 2017 08:49

Your initiative is awesome and it will help many young that perhaps they wouldn't have any HOPE if you didn't support them. I totally encourage you to continue this project. Maybe the rate of exams promotion won't increase significantly, but I am sure that any single person who had contact with your organization will be grateful.
Best regards,

August 11, 2017 05:50

Great Project. I want to invite you to vote for my project and comment if you want it.
Thanks and good luck


July 6, 2017 22:35

Great cause, even better organization! I have been foruntate enough to see Inkululeko's growth over the past couple of years, and being able to have worked with them is an experience I'll always value. Vote for Inkululeko now!

June 8, 2017 20:14

Hi Mr. Adam , Congratulations for your work to support vulnerable people . I look like to know How did you identify the needs of the beneficiaries? What are the criteria for the selection of the beneficiaries?

I look forward to hear from you .
Best regards !

May 30, 2017 16:27


This is a good project, you are giving better education opportunities to underpriviledged people. Keep on working hard to reach your goals. Focussing on practice rather than theory is fine as well.

Jacmen K.

May 29, 2017 01:33


This is really great. It is similar in some ways to my idea.
I will like to ask you, how are you going to manage competition in your country?
secondly, looking at your idea, it is one that would attract a lot of people to your centre, but how do you intend to manage them?


May 28, 2017 22:36

Hi Adam,

Great that you are working to support people in one of the poorest areas in the country. I have a few questions that I'm curious about:

1. Who are the youth that you tutor? Are there any specific requirements for them to enter the tutoring program?
2. Do they have to pay any tutoring fees?

Look forward to hearing from you.