Community Improvement, Capacity Building


aka YTF

Louisville, KY


To increase access to technology and education for at-risk youth, girls, and women through the appropriate use of technology. YTF believes that access to technology and education should be a basic human right. YTF programs use technology as a medium to educate, fight poverty, solve critical problems, stimulate entrepreneurship, and create a generation of change leaders.

Notes from the Nonprofit

Additional Award/Recognition: YTF is an Advisory Board Member of the Alliance for Affordable Internet (World Wide Web Foundation) (2016)

Ruling Year


President and CEO

Mrs. Njideka U. Harry

Main Address

119 Evergreen Road P.O.Box 436411

Louisville, KY 40253 USA


STEM, Technology, Engineering, Computer Science, 3D Printing, Innovation, Girls in ICT, Women Entrepreneurs, Community Capacity Building, After-School Academy, Citizenship, Gender Equity





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Rural (S32)

Citizenship Programs, Youth Development (O54)

Employment Training (J22)

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Our programs

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YTF Academy


Nigerian Women Entrepreneurs Mobile Value Added Services (NWEMVAS)

Mobile Financial Services for Women (MFSW)

Africa Code Week

Girls in ICT Day

3D Africa

Girls Rock!

3D Printing Academy for Girls


YTF’s Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action

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Our Results

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Number of students who demonstrate an interest in furthering their education on the STEM track or pursuing STEM-related careers.

Population(s) served

Children and youth (0-19 years),

At-risk youth

Related program

YTF Academy

Context notes

Data showing the number of students furthering their education in STEM or STEM-related careers. YTF consistently attains high levels of interest in and attainment of STEM careers.

Number of women entrepreneurs who start/expand their businesses.

Population(s) served



Context notes

Number of women entrepreneurs who have started or expanded businesses. Includes Mobile Financial Services for Women (MFSW) and Nigerian Women Entrepreneurs and Mobile Value Added Service (NWEMVAS).

Number of youth who pursue and complete post-secondary education.

Population(s) served

Children and youth (0-19 years),

At-risk youth

Related program

YTF Academy

Context notes

Data that shows YTF consistently attains high levels of post-secondary enrollment and completion--eliminating poverty in participants' lives.

Number of participants who gain employment

Population(s) served

Children and youth (0-19 years),

At-risk youth

Related program

YTF Academy

Context notes

YTF graduates are highly sought and attain higher salaries, on average, than non-YTF Academy employees.

Charting Impact

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

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

By 2020, YTF's goal is to be a household name for community technology across the world. To date, YTF has trained over 1.75 million youth and women in Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, Colombia, and the U.S. In developing nations, in particular, women and girls remain far behind in gender equity and education issues—YTF strives to equalize gender equity and ensure women and girls are as trained in advanced STEM skills as much as males.

STEM remains a male-dominated field even in the U.S. YTF's goal includes training women and girls in low-income U.S. communities to attain a high level of technological proficiency—enough to ensure eradication of poverty in their lives.

In 2016, YTF became a Clinton Global Initiative member making a three-year, $3 million Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action. With its partners, YTF will educate 6,000 girls who are survivors of human trafficking or who are at risk of human trafficking. The focus of this commitment is to increase the education empowerment of girls.

YTF strategies for program effectiveness and ensuring high-quality programming include:

• base programs on local, identified needs
• forge partnerships with government, community-based organizations, schools, corporate organizations, businesses, and foundations to ensure success and sustainability of projects
• establish Local Management Committees in each served community who develop program goals according to the needs of the community, establish strategies for sustainability, ensure high-quality implementation, and the attainment of goals
• conduct focused, targeted outreach, recruitment, and marketing to those intended to serve
• utilize traditional and social media to advertise programs and to build awareness of issues that programs address
• hire high-quality staff and provide them with ongoing training
• use human-centered, empathy-driven instructional strategies
• integrate STEM skills, innovation, and scientific inquiry pedagogy
• build capacity with local teachers by training them in YTF programs/skills and use as program tutors
• integrate Monitoring & Evaluation strategies, measurement, and assessments
• base instruction and student projects on participant interest
• ensure a minimum of 60% participation in programs by females
• establish sustainability strategies at the beginning of program implementation
• make program revisions based on real-time monitoring and evaluation data and observations
• use social entrepreneurship and innovation strategies to improve, replicate, and scale-up programs
• incorporate use of new technologies and online opportunities

• YTF has established partnerships with a Monitoring & Evaluation (M& E) group and ensures integration of M & E instruments, measurement, tools, improvement strategies, and goal attainment in all programs
• Staff are certified in technology and engineering, have appropriate certification to teach skills, and teach program trainers and tutors in effective implementation of programs
• YTF's founder is an Ashoka Social Entrepreneur as well as a World Economic Forum Social Entrepreneur. As a result, YTF has visibility to a host of international forums such as the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum, is invited to moderate international panels, and contributes widely to Huffington Post and Forbes
• Local Management Committees provide ongoing oversight of implementation, effectiveness, and success
• Programs are developed in collaboration with local schools, communities, and leaders
• YTF has established critical partnerships with state government agencies and officials in education, youth development, and women's affairs—these partnerships extend to local communities and officials representing these agencies at the local level
• Experience in establishing programs in partnership with corporate and foundation funding
• Engaged Board of Trustees—ongoing participation in program design and success
• Programming adheres to pedagogical approach: human-centered, empathy-driven, scientific inquiry and ensures that participants are not only trained in digital literacy skills but are able to address issues and create education, employment, and entrepreneurial opportunities for themselves
• YTF capacity includes the ability to develop programs based on unique, identified local needs (Example: Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action was developed based on a specific need in the local community. In response, YTF is providing a combination of YTF programs to provide education, employment, entrepreneurship, and empowerment in collaboration with a variety of local, national, and international partners)

Education—increases in:

• digital literacy/ICT skills
• advanced technology skills
• school academic performance
• school attendance
• transition to secondary school/high school graduation
• STEM careers
• life skills/competencies (e.g., independence, self-confidence, communication, teamwork, conflict management/resolution, wellbeing, presentation, organization, ethics and creativity, future prospects/outlook on life)
• postsecondary completion

Employment—increases in:

• full-time employment
• skilled certifications
• length of employment and time between promotions
• employment in STEM careers
• percent of female engineers

Entrepreneurship—increases in:

• business startups
• product development
• freelance technical skills
• number of new employee hires
• mentorship for other YTF participants
• amount of annual revenue
• use of innovation and technology skills in business implementation

Empowerment—increases in:

• personal safety and health issues
• advocacy skills
• collaboration and teamwork skills
• personal competencies (e.g., problem solving, integrity, communication, self-confidence, leadership, etc.)

Program implementation

• successful replication and scale-up of programs
• additional communities across Africa and the United States

YTF has accomplished many goals and believes its strategies are effective in meeting the needs of local communities. YTF sees every day that technology equalizes the playing field for disadvantaged populations and for females and that an educated, skilled person has the ability to reduce or eliminate poverty forever and to be empowered for life.

However, there are many yet to be served and many communities who need YTF programs and strategies. Specifically, YTF intends to bring YTF programming to additional communities in Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda and Colombia and to implement programs in the United States.

Currently at 315,000 graduates from YTF Academy, YTF's goal is to increase the number of graduates in YTF Academy to 500,000 by 2020. This will done through building the capacity of teachers, awareness-raising within communities, tailored life skills, entrepreneurship, and ICT training: YTF anticipates better attendance in YTF Academy programs. YTF will partner with more similar-minded organizations in the countries it works in through a Train-the-Trainer fashion where they implement YTF Academy programs in their communities. YTF Academy programming starts with the engagement of key stakeholders at the national and local level to raise awareness of the program and promote the benefits of educating youth. YTF and its partners host workshops with Ministry of Education officials before program implementation in each community to schools within the target counties and review the objectives of the program, including the M&E framework. This helps create program buy-in at national and state levels and advocate for innovative and improved education initiatives. A meeting with principals from schools will follow to orient them on the program and teachers to act as YTF Academy ambassadors in the schools. YTF organizes cluster-based sensitization workshops with school management committees (SMCs) and Parent-Teacher Associations to educate school administration and parents on the objectives and purpose of the program and to involve them in registration.

Finally through YTF's social franchise model, it hopes to deepen its existing partnerships in the countries currently working in. To learn more about YTF's social franchise model see:

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Organizational Demographics

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Diversity Strategies

We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
We have a diversity committee in place
We have a diversity manager in place
We have a diversity plan
We use other methods to support diversity
Diversity notes from the nonprofit
Youth for Technology Foundation (YTF) knows that that its work rests on the fundamental assumption that the work in the nonprofit community is enriched and made better by having a diversity of voices, viewpoints, backgrounds, and skill sets. For YTF, diversity is looked at in terms of: • Race • Ethnicity • Age • Gender • Sexual Orientation • Physical Ability • Philosophy and viewpoint • Class background • Parental status • Geographical representation Together, these factors form a rich community of opinion and skills that a homogenous community cannot compete with. The YTF Board of Directors adopted the following diversity policy in 2015: • At YTF, we aspire to develop, promote, and sustain an organization culture and reputation in the communities that we serve as a high-performing organization that values, nurtures, and leverages diversity and inclusiveness in all that we do. Our team is hired locally from the countries we work in and is reflective of the local community. For instance, we primarily work in African countries of Nigeria, Kenya, and Uganda. As a result our full-time and part-time/seasonal workers are primarily of African heritage. • We define diversity in terms of race, gender, religion, culture, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical abilities, age, parental status, and socio-economics. • YTF exists to bring together people, ideas, and resources to break down barriers to the creation, promotion, and sustainability of a healthy and just society. • YTF is committed to ensuring the diversity of its board, staff, volunteers, and programming. We accomplish this through leadership, values, policies, and practices. We respect different experiences and cultures across this diversity and work to create a culture in which diverse people feel supported, recognized, and rewarded in making their best contributions to the mission of our organization. • We continuously review our policy to ensure that our talent pipeline shall be made up of smart, talented, engaged, and knowledgeable women and men from diverse racial, ethnic, gender, sexual orientation, cultural, professional, and class backgrounds. The board will develop and implement ongoing plans for its sustainable visibility, outreach, and recruitment to diverse communities. The board shall monitor and report its progress toward these goals annually. The board and staff will adopt appropriate benchmarks to measure annual progress. In the event that YTF does not meet the benchmarks, we evaluate what additional and more aggressive steps must be taken to meet the benchmarks.