YOUTH FOR TECHNOLOGY FOUNDATION

aka YTF   |   Louisville, KY   |  www.youthfortechnology.org
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Mission

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 info

2001

President and CEO

Mrs. Njideka U. Harry

Main address

119 Evergreen Road P.O.Box 436411

Louisville, KY 40253 USA

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EIN

91-2125886

NTEE code info

Rural (S32)

Citizenship Programs, Youth Development (O54)

Employment Training (J22)

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Our programs

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YTF Academy

YTF Academy is a core program of YTF and was established in 2001. The Academy includes five programs, is tailored to rural life, encourages a participatory approach, creativity, critical thinking, innovation, and problem solving. YTF Academy is comprised of five distinct programs:

• TechKids: ages 8-12; awareness of technology applications in everyday life, demonstrates how real science works. Courses include: computer fundamentals, digital media, productivity tools (presentation, spreadsheet, and word processing), keyboard mastery, and cyber-security/privacy
• TechTeens: ages 13-19 to pursue STEM fields; participants seek solutions to real-world problems in their communities. Courses include: computer fundamentals, digital media, productivity tools (presentation, spreadsheet, and word processing), keyboard mastery, cyber-security/privacy, Corel Draw, programming, and web development
• TechCommunities: ages 20-25; hands-on experiences and peer-to-peer learning empower employee- or job creator-participants to recognize issues and propose solutions. Courses include: computer fundamentals, digital media, productivity tools (presentation, spreadsheet, and word processing), keyboard mastery, cyber-security/privacy, Pagemaker, entrepreneurship, and life skills
• TechEnhancements: for individuals who are currently in the workforce but who need to develop or enhance their skills. This program is designed for civil servants. Courses include: computer fundamentals, digital media, productivity tools (presentation, spreadsheet, and word processing), keyboard mastery, database fundamentals, and cyber-security/privacy
• 3DAfrica: prototyping and engineering spaces designed to introduce participants to 3D printing technologies. Courses include AutoCAD, Human-Centered Design (HCD), Solidworks, and programming.

YTF Academy is primarily an after-school model, but also provides education, digital literacy, and STEM enrichment during the day and weekends. It serves in-school youth and out-of-school youth. All programs are co-developed with local communities, build capacity with local schools, and focus on human-centered and scientific inquiry approaches. Each community in which YTF Academy is located has a Local Management Committee which ensures that programs meet the unique, specific needs of its youth and the needs of the community.

Population(s) Served

Agric-P.O.W.E.R. (Agriculture Platform Offering Women Empowerment Resources) connects agricultural extension agents to rural women and widowed farmers to close the information gap that women farmers experience. It develops woman-to-woman farmer distribution networks while employing youth as agricultural information workers.

Agric-P.O.W.E.R. is an auxiliary program.

Population(s) Served

NWEMVAS provides training for women entrepreneurs throughout Nigeria. Training includes classroom business skills and financial capabilities workshops, industry tours, “Power Hour” networking with women business owners, and weekly SMS business strategies (Mobile Value Added Services). YTF has added training in the use of 3D printing to increase income generation and innovate products, online business strategies, use of global online markets to generate income, mentoring female employees, and workshops for women entrepreneurs’ female employees.

NWEMVAS is a core program.

Population(s) Served

Lack of access to financial services and capital is a significant barrier for women entrepreneurs in Nigeria. Only 30% of Nigeria’s population is banked and with more than 159 million phone subscriptions, there is great potential for agent banking and other models which enable remote access to financial services in Nigeria. The primary goal of this program is to enable a greater number of women entrepreneurs to enter the electronic payment value chain in Nigeria—a sector that is set to grow tremendously in the coming months and years.

MFSW is a core program.

Population(s) Served

The focus of Africa Code Week is to empower future generations with the coding tools and skills they need to thrive in the 21st Century workforce and become key actors of Africa’s economic development. At YTF, participants are encouraged to develop technology-enabled solutions to meet local needs. Africa Code Week is a week-long after-school model.

Africa Code Week is an annual program.

Population(s) Served

Girls in ICT Day is an annual event that is designed to encourage and inspire girls to pursue careers in Information and Communications Technology (ICT) fields. YTF’s Girls in ICT Day offers girls the rare chance to experience the latest technology, learn about ICT careers, and be inspired by women leaders in ICT.

Girls in ICT Day is an annual program.

Population(s) Served

Nigeria has the highest number of students in the world leaving to study abroad with STEM (57%) and engineering (24%) being the top 2 study abroad fields. Only 6% of women in Kenya are engineers. The 3D printing industry is estimated to grow from $3.1B (2013) to $30B (2022)—one of the fastest-growing income generation opportunities for Sub-Saharan Africa. YTF is the only social enterprise leading the way by teaching youth, girls, and women to use 3D printing and global online marketplaces to create and grow their businesses.

3D Africa is a core program.

Population(s) Served

GirlsRock! is an after-school technology and health education camp for internally-displaced girls in Soacha, Colombia, located in the rural outskirts of Bogotá. GirlsRock! integrates real and relevant issues in health, personal safety, and reproductive rights through the use of technology and teaches technology skills that empower girls to better understand issues that can negatively affect them. Participants learn to use technology to solve the health, early marriage, and community challenges they face in Colombia.

GirlsRock! is a core program.

Population(s) Served

3D Printing Academy for Girls provides science, technology, engineering, and math inspiration for low-income girls in the United States through making, inventing, and designing the world that they envision for themselves. Not only are they introduced to all things 3D printing, but they have opportunities to be mentored by women in technology and engineering.

The program, envisioned by YTF’s founder to inspire young and adolescent girls to stay engaged with science and math through their precarious middle school years, is based on YTF’s 3D Africa program in Nigeria and Kenya. Youth are taught how 3D printing allows them to meet local needs, be the innovators of the future, and create sustainable livelihoods for themselves.

Research has shown that adolescent girls disengage from science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) during their middle school years and that enrichment programs, such as YTF’s 3D Printing Academy for Girls, are a positive influence not only for staying interested but in choosing STEM careers in their future. Currently, only 24% of those in computer sciences are women (only 8% of African American women and 7% of Latino women). Only 15% of those in engineering fields are women (just 5% of African American women and 8% of Latino women).

3D Printing Academy for Girls provides a comprehensive, industry-applicable study of 3D printing, 3D modeling, electronics, and programming and is taught heavily using the Socratic method of inquiry and discussion. Scheduling and projects are driven by individual student interest. Students are exposed to real applications of product development with electronics, 3D design and 3D printing, computer programming with Scratch, front-end development with HTML, CSS, and Bootstrap, and such work competencies as communication, empathy, and team work. In addition, girls are mentored by women in technology and engineering.

3D Printing Academy for Girls is a core program.

Population(s) Served

PeaceOpoly equips a cadre of youth leaders who are empowered to use technologies to monitor public services, gather data, evaluate, and mobilize their communities and leaders to act in efficiency of public service delivery. Youth use social media and data for peace and accountability. Youth leaders provide civic engagement training to 5,000 in-school and out-of-school youth, ages 15-24 years. PeaceOpoly partners with local youth-based organizations and local schools; teachers are trained in peace building skills.

PeaceOpoly is a core program.

Population(s) Served

In 2016, YTF became a Clinton Global Initiative member making a 3-year commitment on girls’ education, employability, and entrepreneurship in Nigeria. Human trafficking persists in Nigeria and has increasing by 48%, according to the Nigeria National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons. It is the third most common crime in Nigeria yet it often goes unnoticed by many Nigerians and most of the world.

Through this commitment, YTF will train 6,000 out-of-school girls in five Nigerian states who are at risk for, or have survived, human trafficking in cutting-edge in-demand technology skills. Over the next three years, training will occur at the YTF’s digital hubs during the day or after school and will be led by master trainers, the majority of whom are women, including 3D printing experts, entrepreneur mentors, and local partners to teach sexual and reproductive health and rights. Girls will also be connected to local YTF-trained women entrepreneurs and online women entrepreneurs—particularly those in the textile and garment-making industry— for apprenticeships, internships, job shadowing, and mentorship.

YTF’s Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action is a core program.

Population(s) Served

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Awards

Winner 2010

World Bank Innovation Fair

UN Online Volunteers of the Year Award 2007

United Nations

UN Online Volunteers of the Year Award 2012

United Nations

Winner, Young Nigerians Science & Health Tele-Academy 2006

Stockholm Challenge

YTF President & CEO Accepted as Ashoka Fellowship 2011

Ashoka Fellowship

YTF Recognized by World Economic Forum 2013

World Economic Forum

YTF President & CEO is frequently featured and published 2016

HUFFINGTON POST

YTF invited as Clinton Global Initiative member 2016

Clinton Global Initative

Affiliations & memberships

United Way Member Agency 2010

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

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

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
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.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
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.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
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

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

YTF Academy

Context Notes

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

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

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)

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: http://www.youthfortechnology.org/become-a-social-franchise/

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YOUTH FOR TECHNOLOGY FOUNDATION

Board of directors
as of 12/30/2016
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Lee Rother

McGill University

Njideka Harry

Youth for Technology Foundation (YTF)

Irving Rother

McGill University (Retired Educator)

Alessandra Di Lorenzo

Lastminute.com Group (Chief Commercial Officer)

Silvia Lovato

Ph.D. Candidate, Northwestern University

Katherine Maher

Wikimedia (Executive Director)

Don Okonny

Sagamy (CEO)

Nicholas Okoye

Anabel Group (President)

Leonard Osahor

FlightSpeak (CEO)

Bambo Sofola

Microsoft Corporation (Director)

Alex Yancher

Lynks (President and CEO)

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes