Author: Sarah Layton

Why We’re Celebrating International Day of the Girl Child

Why We’re Celebrating International Day of the Girl Child

From the United Nation’s website: Since 2012, 11 October has been marked as the International Day of the Girl. The day aims to highlight and address the needs and challenges girls face, while promoting girls’ empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights. International Day of the Girl is a time to stop and recognize […]

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Cracking the Code: Helping Youth in Africa Compete in the 21st Century

Nnamdi shares a high five with students at a YTF partner school in Lagos, Nigeria.   Post by Nnamdi Iheme, YTF Master Trainer in Nigeria Youth for Technology (YTF) is pulling out all the stops for this year’s Africa Code Week, an initiative spearheaded by SAP as part of its social investment in Africa. We […]

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YTF Team’s Invention Takes Top Prize at Open Mic Africa

In late July, we sent teams of innovators – fresh out of HackforGood 2017 – to Open Mic Africa. Hosted by MIT’s Legatum Center, Open Mic Africa is a “Pan-African tour organized by the Legatum Center at MIT to discover and support local entrepreneurs who are bringing their knowledge to bear on their continent’s greatest […]

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The Role of Technology and Youth in Kenya’s Just-Concluded General Elections

The Role of Technology and Youth in Kenya’s Just-Concluded General Elections

“A great democratic turnaround” Kenya has been going through a transition of power through a general election – a cycle that typically runs every five years – and in reflecting following the election, it’s clear the time has come for a new chapter for Kenya’s youth. Throughout Kenya’s history, and even more so in recent […]

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HackforGood 2017: Our Hackathon in Nigeria

Five teams had three days to create technology innovations to solve specific problems in their communities at our recent HackforGood hackathon in Anambra State, Nigeria. The cohort came with diverse experiences and skill sets, as captured in this summary of applicants. Dig in to the final prototype ideas below! Team Hack-botics Designed and Constructed a […]

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Strength, Stamina and Shoes: One Entrepreneur’s Story

Strength, Stamina and Shoes: One Entrepreneur’s Story

In a showroom at a shopping mall in Lagos, Nigeria, 24-year-old Aishat runs her shoe business, Aeesha Collections. It first opened in the mall and online at the beginning of this year, but Aishat has been building her career since 2012 when she graduated from university. This past March, Aishat joined our celebration for International […]

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The Team Behind YTF: One Staffer Brings Design Thinking to Kenya

The Team Behind YTF: One Staffer Brings Design Thinking to Kenya

By Mary Munyoki, Master Trainer, YTF Academy I’ve been with YTF for about two years as a Master Trainer in Kenya, mentoring girls and helping students learn basic computer programming and hardware technology. Earlier this month, I jumped at the chance to represent the Kenya YTF office at an eSkills4Girls meetup in Kigali, Rwanda, joined […]

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YTF’s Njideka Harry Speaks at the World Economic Forum on Africa This Week

Harry Stands as Voice for Youth, Promoting Innovations to Achieve Equal Opportunities and Financial Inclusion This week, Youth for Technology Foundation (YTF) President and CEO Njideka Harry represents the organization at the World Economic Forum on Africa, leading conversations on creating a skilled workforce, reducing inequalities, and facilitating financial inclusion in a digital world. In […]

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Boldly Boosting Entrepreneurs on International Women’s Day

When we go bold, we go big. While you saw us tweeting away on International Women’s Day, what you didn’t see was an eager group of women entrepreneurs gathered in Lagos, Nigeria, ready to learn. Our team partnered with generous employees from technology-related companies to mark International Women’s Day as a truly actionable occasion. While […]

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