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AKA  YTF
Louisville, KY
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YOUTH FOR TECHNOLOGY FOUNDATION Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 12/20/2013: YOUTH FOR TECHNOLOGY FOUNDATION

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Also Known As: YTF
Physical Address: Louisville, KY 40253 
EIN: 91-2125886
Web URL: www.youthfortechnology.org 
Blog URL: www.facebook.com/youthfortechnologyfound... 
NTEE Category: S Community Improvement, Capacity Building
S32 Rural
O Youth Development
O54 Citizenship Programs, Youth Development
J Employment, Job Related
J22 Employment Training
Ruling Year: 2001 


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Mission Statement

To create enriched learning communities where the appropriate use of technology affords opportunities for marginalized people, particularly youth and women living in low income communities in the developing world.

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Annual Revenue & Expenses (IRS Form 990, January 2012)

Fiscal Year Starting: January 01, 2012
Fiscal Year Ending: December 31, 2012

Total Revenue $796,237
Total Expenses $354,318

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Mrs. Njideka U. Harry

Term:

Since June 2000

Profile:

Njideka Harry, Ashoka Fellow, is the Founder of Youth for Technology Foundation (YTF).  She has over 12 years of experience in non-profit administration and ICT for development.  Njideka provides strategic vision and leadership in program design, implementation, operations and evaluations.     Under Njideka’s leadership, YTF pioneered the Community Technology and Learning Center 'movement’ in Africa with the establishment of the Owerri Digital Village, YTF's first CTLC located in Nigeria.  In partnership with grassroots communities, YTF works in six countries including the United States, Nigeria, Cameroon, South Africa, Uganda, Kenya and Colombia having a positive impact on over 250,000 marginalized people.     YTF has received funding from private sector companies like Google, Nokia, Softchoice and Microsoft as well as international development agencies, including the World Bank, National Endowment for Democracy (NED), Reuters Foundation and the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM).  YTF has developed curricula and pedagogy that centers on interdisciplinary, real-world science and technology projects that connect students and teachers in developing countries with schools in the United States. Njideka graduated with a BBA, Honors, from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She has a diploma in International Business from the Haarlem Business School in The Netherlands. Njideka completed her post-graduate work at Stanford University where she was a Reuters Digital Vision Fellow. She has her Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Kellogg School of Management.

Leadership Statement:

YTF believes in the extraordinary potential of marginalized youth living, working and schooling in disadvantaged communities in the developing world.  We envision a world in which our beneficiaries are equipped with adequate tools and resources, preparing them to confidently compete for 21st century global opportunities.  YTF's theme is "Delivering to the Community... Bridging the Digital Canyon".  This theme was borne out of an aspiration to help communities in strong, but developing nations, embrace technology knowing that technology is not going to solve the problems of the developing world, but can be used as a tool.

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Program: Education (TechAcademy) - TechKids, TechTeens, TechCommunities, TechEnhancements (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$200,000
Category:
Education
Population Served:
Females, all ages or age unspecified
Males, all ages or age unspecified

Program Description:

Since 2001, YTF Academy has implemented four programs:  TechKids, TechTeens, TechCommunities and TechEnhancement, that maximize the potential of technology to empower disadvantaged youth living in developing countries improve their lives and join the economic mainstream.  The learning environment at YTF Academy includes a curriculum that is tailored to rural life, encourages a participatory approach, promotes creativity and empasizes critical thinking and problem solving.  At YTF, we help students improve academically through programs that directly relate what they learn in school to real-world experiences.  YTF’s core programs offered through YTF Academy, are after-school and are co-developed with the local communities we work in. In partnership with schools, community based organizations, women ledorganizations, grassroots non-profits, small businesses and faith-basedorganizations, YTF provides young people with the skills to lead in theircommunities.  The TechKids program is offered to children between the ages of 8 and 12 years old and creates awareness in young children about the benefits and endless possibilities of technology in everyday life.   TechKids participants are curious about the natural world.  YTF nourishes that curiosity by demonstrating how real science works.   Participants explore their own ideas, develop skills and build confidence using technology. Program duration is 3 months.The TechTeens program is designed to prepare students between the ages of 13 to 19 years to further their education in Science Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).  The TechTeens program encourages participants to further pursue their imaginations to real-world hands on problems in their communities.  The goal of the TechTeensprogram is to increase the number of students choosing STEM careers and securing the future technology talent pipeline in developing countries, starting in Africa. The TechCommunities program is targeted towards youth, ages 20-25 years and is designed to teach participants how to incorporate technology as enthusiastic employees or job creators. YTF knows that the best way to educate youth is to put them to work in and outside the classroom. This allows students to contextualize and apply their knowledge, personally connect to the problem and improve learning and creative processes. Hands on experiences, inspire peer-to-peer learning and empower students to recognize issues and propose solutions in a collaborative way. The TechEnhancement program is designed for individuals who are currently in the workforce but need to develop or enhance their skills. Public institutions are vital in the quest by developing countries to achieve goals of growth, poverty reduction and provision of better services for their citizens. The TechEnhancement program is designed for civil servants and individuals in public office.

Program Long-Term Success:

YTF has sustained these core programs over the 12 years.  These programs are replicated in regions where YTF works; U.S., Uganda, Cameroon, Kenya and Nigeria.  Each community that YTF works in is governed by a local advisory committee consisting of local government personnel, school teachers and administration to help inform best practices, target specific academic needs of children and help ensure relevant content and instructional techniques. Overall, YTF Academy recorded high rates of productive youth engagement and activity post training, with an average placement rate of 52% (incluing youth who furthered their education and 47% for those who didn't).  This finding represents a strong positive outcome of YTF Academy empowering youth out of idleness (neither school nor work) to participation in a range of productive activities.

Program Short-Term Success:

Aside from technological literacy, participants in YTF Academy learn team building, communication, goal setting, information synthesis and problem solving in fulfillment of the "life skills" part of the curriculum.  98% of boys and 90% of girls enrolled in TechKids since 2001 have continued on to Secondary Schools. 55% of girls in TechTeens later on pursue STEM careers or declare a STEM major in the university. 100% of TechCommunities graduates in 2012 believed that the life skills training had a positive effect on their lives and employment prospects.  Life skills were measured based on independence, self-confidence, communication, team work, conflict management, presentation, organization, ethics and creativity. 100% of TechEnhancement graduates surveyed in 2012 indicated an increase in the use of technology in their workplaces.

Program Success Monitored by:

Placement rate (% of participants who engaged in employment, self-employment, volunteerism or internships since program completion. Type of employment (quality and salary). Information and Communication Technology (ICT) skills. Life Skills:  10 variables - independence, self-confidence, communication, teamwork, conflict management/resolution, wellbeing, presentation, organization, ethics and creativity. Future prospects/outlook on life Beneficiary perceptions of YTF Academy Employers feedback on YTF Academy graduates

Program Success Examples:

30% of TechTeen graduates since 2001 have obtained employment in a STEM field or industry within 5 years of program completion. 90% of TechCommunities graduates have engaged in entrepreneurial activities since program completion.

Program: Agriculture - Agric-P.O.W.E.R (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$150,000
Category:
Food, Agriculture & Nutrition
Population Served:
Female Adults
Female Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens
Young Adults (20-25 years) -- currently not in use

Program Description:

Agric Agricultural Platform Offering Women Empowerment Resources, is a grassroots program that employs young people as agricultural information workers providing rural women farmers with efficient, effective and appropriate technology, training and information to enhance their farming practices.

Program Long-Term Success:

Agric-rural women, while providing employment for youth and an opportunity for them to redeem their interest in agriculture.

Program Short-Term Success:

Since announcing Agric YTF has received international attention for this program and has earned the partnership of Literacy Bridge and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture.

Program Success Monitored by:

The ability of Agric-P.O.W.E.R. to meet project objectives defined as to (1). Ensure equitable access to productive resources and extension services. (2). Encourage a more participatory approach in improved agriculture by women farmers and (3). Design customized implementation strategies that incorporate the socio-cultural characteristics of the beneficiaries.

Program Success Examples:

Agric it is too premature to report on program success.

Program: Auxiliary Programs - LearNations, Yes, Youth Can!, PeaceOpoly (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$200,000
Category:
Education
Population Served:
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Program Description:

LearNations is a cross-cultural global communication program for youth aimed at enhancing their educational experience and at the same time bridging communities. Youth participants learn to use technology as a means to extend their learning and develop an interest in other cultures while learning more about issues that are important to them, their families and local communities.  Yes, Youth Can! is an award-winning grassroots program designed by YTF to overcome the marginalization of youth in mainstream political processes. Yes, Youth Can! supports a personal commitment to and avision for democracy in Africa. The program combines workshops, youth-led activities and information and communications technologies to enhance theoretical knowledge and deepen youths' understandingof activism, civic participation and the tenets of democracy.PeaceOpoly:  is a product of YTF's Yes, Youth Can! program and is designed to allow participants to test their knowledge of civics in a fun, educational and interactive way.  PeaceOpoly is an online and mobile game for peace and conflict resolution in pursuit of Africa's nascent democracy.

Program Long-Term Success:

LearNations is a hands-on, project based learning approach to development. Rather than begin with technology, LearNations starts with an understanding of social and economic issues and then leverages technology to help research the problems, produce and disseminate educational material and implement solutions. Youth are the stakeholders of this project. They decide what topic is important to them, based on issues that matter the most to them in their community. These issues may include, but are not limited to: Science & Health: HIV/AIDS awareness, water purification and water-borne illnesses, birth and population control, bio-medicine. Civic responsibility: voting rights, women in public office, rural empowerment, recycling, women’s rights advocacy/female empowerment. Social Studies: climate, geography, ecosystem, alternative energy, history and arts. Education:  technology, school systems and curriculum. Community Building:  small business, economics, employment, migration.

Program Short-Term Success:

LearNations gives each child a voice regardless of age, gender, social class, community, and background. The goal of LearNations is to deliver a participatory learning methodology for education that uses project-based applied learning with digital media and interactive learning technologies. Youth research and discuss a topic, selected by them, and then apply their learning to collaborate digitally with their international peers.

Program Success Monitored by:

Retention and graduation rates.

Program Success Examples:

Over 640 students have participated to date.  YTF has developed partnerships with South Olmsted Academy (Louisville, KY), St. Anthony's Elementary School (Long Beach, CA) and InterAmerican School (Quetzaltenango, Guatemala).

Program: Entrepreneurship - Women's Economic Empowerment Program (WEEP), Women Entrepreneurs and Mobile Value Added Services (MVAS) project (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$300,000
Category:
Community Development
Population Served:
Female Adults

Program Description:

YTF partners with United Nations Women and the Japanese Human Security Fund to implement this program.WEEP supports improved access to information and economic decision-making through increased use of ICT facilities and training.  It also supports the provision of technical and entrepreneurship skills to women in selected communities and provedes relevant and appropriate farm implements and business equipment to women groups.    To provide an ICT based women business guide, which will provide information to women who are running small-scale businesses, planning to grow or set up new businesses in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria.  To increase the business knowledge of women in rural communities, provide support on how to apply the knowledge and enable women in rural communities have an important edge in today’s competitive global markets. To provide practical information to women on conflict management, managing groups, marketing skills, fundraising skills, advocacy and decision-making, business planning, HIV/AIDS and gender within the of local governance.   YTF partners with the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women (CBFW) to deliver this program in Nigeria.  The goal of this program is to provide the training, resources and support to women entrepreneurs in the 'missing middle' in Nigeria.  Training emphasis is on women entrepreneurs in Imo, Abia, Akwa Ibom, Delta and Rivers states.

Program Long-Term Success:

1200 rural women were trained on entrepreneurship techniques for their small scale businesses; including agriculture, aquaculture and trading.    WEEP introduced the women to technology and demonstrated how technology used appropriately can help identify business prospects and opportunities.  WEEP facilitated advocacy meetings that sensitized community leaders, women groups and community based organizations to begin having a dialogue on issues affecting women and development.

Program Short-Term Success:

1200 rural women were trained on entrepreneurship techniques for their small scale businesses; including agriculture, aquaculture and trading.

Program Success Monitored by:

Project based on thorough assessments of information needs and technological capacities are most likely to have the most impact on users. Appropriate selection of technologies increases access for the user and enhances the potential for knowledge-sharing. Cooperative partnerships help ensure the viability of ICT programs. Gender issues need proactive consideration in the planning, budgeting, training, and development of ICT projects.

Program Success Examples:

The Women's Economic Empowerment Program facilitates a community-based capacity for organized production, increasing opportunities for income generation, job creation, development of social welfare and poverty alleviation. WEEP coordinates entrepreneurship training for rural women in areas of business management and in developing new distribution and marketing partnerships.

Program: Health - Young Girls Science and Health Tele-Academy (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$150,000
Category:
Science & Technology
Population Served:
Female Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)
Male Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)

Program Description:

"The Academy” is designed to inspire girls as science and technology leaders by engaging them in a mentor-based environment that builds science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) acumen.  “The Academy” combines hands-on activities, role models, mentoring, and career exploration to improve girls’ self-confidence and interest in STEM courses and careers.

Program Long-Term Success:

Strengthen the foundation in science, technology and math of girls enrolled secondary schools. Encourage young African girls to ask questions about the world, to problem solve, and to use natural creativity through play and experimentation.  This inquisitiveness can lead toinnovation.  Foster girls confidence, self-esteem, initiative and work ethic.  This will empower them and make them feel successful and capable when it comes to interest in STEM fields – and   anything else they set their minds to have traditionally been steered awayfrom.  Connect girls with e-Mentors, leading African women who have successful careers in STEM so they can observe firsthand what these careers are and what they can offer.  Beneficiaries can see the kinds of  people who are in these careers and begin to develop relationships with them.  Girls can recognize how women in these fields have succeeded and overcome obstacles. Show girls that what they want out of their careers can be achieved through STEM.  Showing girls that they can change the world and help people through STEM, while supporting themselves and their families, will make STEM more of a priority for girls as they begin to think about and narrow down their choices for a University major or a career.  Steer clear of obvious or subtle stereotypes about girls’ and women’s abilities in math and science. Instead model positive, more up-to-date words of  encouragement that speak to the beneficiaries. Provide opportunities for leadership and exploration of new ideas.  This will include consciousness-raising about gender and single-sex grouping to provide a more supportive context for learning.

Program Short-Term Success:

The Young Scientist and Health Tele-Academy promotes a learning based model where youth participants learn to use technology as a means to extend their learning and develop an interest in science and technology while dealing with an issue that is important to their families and local communities.

Program Success Monitored by:

The observation that:1. Youth are able to work with YTF and other organizations to influence policy and mobilize public and private educational institutions to integrate and implement a sex and health education curriculum in local schools. 2. Youth begin to take an active and specific role in education, advocacy for prevention, cure and support in their communities through the establishment of youth groups and community programs. 3. Youth can demonstrate at least a 75% increase in his/her technology skills as measured by a technology proficiency test administered at the onset and conclusion of the program.

Program Success Examples:

Program recognized by the Stockholm Challenge and funded by the World Bank Small Grants Program.
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YTF recognizes that to fulfill our mission, it is imperative that our beneficiaries believe in a democratic society, free from violence and abuse and where their human rights are legally recognized.  Since YTF's founding a decade ago, more than 1.5 million youth and women have been positively impacted by our work.
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