Youth Development

Yuda Bands

Wear a band. Change a life.

MAPLETON, UT   |  https://www.yudabands.org

Mission

We empower youth in the developing world to break multi-generational poverty by combining academic education with core value and leadership training.

Ruling year info

2017

President

Phillip Whiting

Main address

1406 W 1600 S

MAPLETON, UT 84664 USA

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EIN

82-1861126

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

264 million children don't go to school Of this 264 million, very few will escape the cycle of poverty which has held their family hostage for generations. In many parts of the world education is available, but the fees to attend are too high for the local people to afford. We believe education is the most effective way to break the poverty cycle and create lasting change for underprivileged youth around the world, which is why we pay school fees and help youth get jobs.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Yuda Bands Guatemala

Providing high school scholarships to 150 students in rural Guatemala.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents (13-19 years)

Providing high school scholarships to 230 students in between two programs in Gweru and Harare, Zimbabwe.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents (13-19 years)

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Charting impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

We're a non-profit organization on a mission to end extreme poverty through education and opportunity.

We educate American youth on the importance of education and inspire them to participate in a 100% free school fundraise on their campus. American youth sell fair-trade leather and coconut bracelets called Yuda Bands. A byproduct of this project is creating jobs for local artisans in Guatemala. However, our main focus is to create sustainable lasting change through education. The funds raised through Yuda Band sales pays the tuition and school fees for youth in developing nations to attend high school in their own community.

Yuda Bands pays school fees for hundreds of students every school year. Local Yuda Bands directors in each sponsored program in the world work with youth to give them guidance and council on setting goals and also provide them life-skills and leadership training.

Only 20% of students graduating from Guatemalan high schools attain gainful employment. Because of this, Yuda Bands create a four year educational program called LEAD (Leadership, Education and Attitude Development) which we started implementing for every student in 2012. In 2016, Yuda Bands conducted a study which clearly showed that the LEAD program was boosting the likelihood of a student getting a job after graduating from high school by over 300%.

We are passionate about ending extreme poverty by providing education and opportunity. As we partner with US schools to sell Yuda Bands we are able to teach the importance of education to American youth, as well as raise funds for their International peers to go to high school around the world. As of 2019 Yuda Bands has covered school fees for all required years through graduation for 1,133 students in nine developing nations. 2,684 years of schooling has been paid so far from the support of 2,459 US partner schools running Yuda Bands projects.

Financials

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Operations

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Yuda Bands

Board of directors
as of 4/15/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Stephen Whyte

Utah Valley University

Term: 2017 - 2022

Christina Tsoi

United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs

Sharon White

Utah Legal Services

Phillip Whiting

Yuda Bands

Keywords

education, scholarships, leadership, life skills, youth development, poverty, end poverty, extreme poverty, hunger, employment, life-skills, fair-trade, fairtrade, fair trade, leadership, leadership training