Koketso Moeti has been a community organizer for more than a decade, so she’s no stranger to connecting people. But with the founding of amandla.mobi—an app and nonprofit that turns “every cell phone into a democracy building tool so that no matter where you live; what language you speak or what issue you care about, you can take action with others”—she has created innovative infrastructure that allows activists to coordinate with communities in need at critical times. Last spring, Moeti became one of the first South Africans to be named an Obama fellow for her work in developing the groundbreaking civic engagement app. “What brings me great joy is getting to interact and support people who are building powerful movements, showing up for each other in what are difficult circumstances which isn't easy,” she tells OkayAfrica. “Building powerful movements is difficult, heartbreaking and—if we do it well—joyful.”
Even with this transformative work, Moeti isn’t so sure she’s influencing youth culture. “I don't believe I have, as an individual, impacted youth culture in any way, but I have had the pleasure of being a part of collectives that are trying to build a much more just world and future,” she says. But her work speaks for itself—by changing the way we organize around our communities, she has single-handedly improved the lives of millions by making sure they always have access to support and resources.