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Njideka Harry

Over 13 years of experience in non-profit administration and planning, programme management and social impact. Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer, Youth for Technology Foundation (YTF). Ashoka Fellow. Has provided strategic vision and leadership as YTF innovated scalable solutions to developing world problems. Member of the Advisory Board, Women of West Africa and Entrepreneurship (WOWe) Council; Member of the Board, Promoting Readiness in Science and Math (PRISM), a programme that supports activities that help 12-15 year old girls achieve proficiency in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education.

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Youth for Technology Foundation (YTF)
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Model
Non-profit Social Enterprise
Sectors
Education and Skills
Headquarters
USA
Areas of Impact
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.