Community Improvement, Capacity Building

Youth for Technology Foundation

  • Louisville, KY
  • www.youthfortechnology.org

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.

Main Programs

  1. Education (TechAcademy) - TechKids, TechTeens, TechCommunities, TechEnhancements
  2. Agriculture - Agric-P.O.W.E.R
  3. Auxiliary Programs - LearNations, Yes, Youth Can!, PeaceOpoly
  4. Entrepreneurship - Women's Economic Empowerment Program (WEEP), Women Entrepreneurs and Mobile Value Added Services (MVAS) project
  5. Health - Young Girls Science and Health Tele-Academy
Service Areas

Self-reported

International

At YTF, our beneficiaries are part of the solution, rather than the problem.  YTF partners with disadvantaged youth and women in low-income communities in the United States and in developing countries in Africa including Kenya, South Africa, Nigeria, Cameroon and Uganda.

ruling year

2001

Principal Officer since 2000

Self-reported

Mrs. Njideka U. Harry

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Also Known As

YTF

EIN

91-2125886

 Number

8301765688

Physical Address

Louisville, 40243

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Rural (S32)

Citizenship Programs, Youth Development (O54)

Employment Training (J22)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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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.

Programs

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Program 1

Education (TechAcademy) - TechKids, TechTeens, TechCommunities, TechEnhancements

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.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Females, all ages or age unspecified

Males, all ages or age unspecified

Budget

$200,000.00

Program 2

Agriculture - Agric-P.O.W.E.R

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.

Category

Food, Agriculture & Nutrition

Population(s) Served

Female Adults

Female Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Young Adults (20-25 years) -- currently not in use

Budget

$150,000.00

Program 3

Auxiliary Programs - LearNations, Yes, Youth Can!, PeaceOpoly

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.

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$200,000.00

Program 4

Entrepreneurship - Women's Economic Empowerment Program (WEEP), Women Entrepreneurs and Mobile Value Added Services (MVAS) project

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.

Category

Community Development

Population(s) Served

Female Adults

Budget

$300,000.00

Program 5

Health - Young Girls Science and Health Tele-Academy

"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.

Category

Science & Technology

Population(s) Served

Female Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)

Male Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)

Budget

$150,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

International

At YTF, our beneficiaries are part of the solution, rather than the problem.  YTF partners with disadvantaged youth and women in low-income communities in the United States and in developing countries in Africa including Kenya, South Africa, Nigeria, Cameroon and Uganda.

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Funding Needs

Please email YTF at ytf@youthfortechnology.org(mailto:ytf@youthfortechnology.org) for a detailed list of our funding needs.

Affiliations + Memberships

United Way Member Agency

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Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Youth for Technology Foundation

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Principal Officer

Mrs. Njideka U. Harry

BIO

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.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"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."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Denis Ugwuegbu

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