Njideka U. Harry is the Founding CEO of Youth for Technology Foundation (YTF), an international education technology nonprofit. YTF is empowering the next generation of leaders to enter the workforce with the skills they need to access employment or create their own entrepreneurial opportunities in the fourth industrial revolution. YTFs work spans 5 countries impacting 1.7 million youth and women.
Member of Advisory Council for Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI), Expert Group Member for the Education Prosperity Index at the Legatum Institute. Global reputation as thought leader, convener and entrepreneur with a passion of working with accelerators to increase the pipeline of women building economically impactful technology companies and advising entrepreneurs looking to make a difference in the global social impact space.
Corporate experience in various senior level corporate roles in strategy, product management and finance at General Electric and Microsoft. MBA from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management; BBA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; Stanford University/Reuters Digital Vision Fellow. Ashoka Fellow. WEF Schwab Foundation Fellow.
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- North America, Latin America, Uganda, Cameroon, Colombia, Kenya, Nigeria
Youth for Technology Foundation (YTF)
Since 2001, Youth for Technology Foundation Academy (YTF Academy) has partnered with disadvantaged youth and women in developing nations to improve their lives and expand their economic opportunities through employment and entrepreneurship. YTF helps uplift women and young people out of poverty by accessing market demands, designing developmental programs, providing linkages that accelerate business opportunities and by administering customized training programs.
The learning environment at YTF Academy includes a curriculum that is tailored to rural life, encourages a participatory approach, promotes creativity, and emphasizes critical thinking and problem solving. YTF charges a modest fee for enrolment in any of the programs at YTF Academy. In situations where participants demonstrate a genuine interest in participating in YTF Academy but have no means to pay the enrolment fee, YTF provides a volunteer scholarship. To qualify, recipients devote 3-5 hours per week to a community service project.
Students enrolled in one of the YTF Academy programs, “TechCommunities,” earn an internship opportunity at a local business upon graduation. YTF has also implemented an “adopt a Tech Student” model where local businesses sponsor students who wish to enrol in YTF Academy. In return, the students work as interns at those businesses, giving the businesses the benefit of their knowledge and skills.
Since the launch of YTF Academy, 40% of program graduates have gone on to be employed by small businesses. They are earning three times the average salary of a non-YTF Academy graduate. Thirty eight percent have started their own businesses. YTF’s work has inspired the creation and sustenance of over 2,100 small and medium enterprises led by youth and women in Nigeria.