What is YTF’s social franchise model?
It is a process that allows YTF to expand its mission into new geographic areas. We do this by sharing our curriculum, training expertise, best practices and intellectual property to further YTF’s cause in the new community.
YTF Social Franchisees set up stand-alone community technology and learning centers (CTLCs) in their communities. The franchisee combines the operational strengths of YTF with his or her local relationships and history in the community. We understand that sustainability is key and it is important to engage and include the local community. For example, the local government may provide a location for the center. It may even build or renovate a building for the center. Locals can then serve as volunteers in the center.
Each CTLC is of the people, by the people, and for the people and is usually named in reference to the local town or community.
The CTLCs deliver a repertoire of best fit programs for the community and based on their needs. By becoming a YTF Social Franchisee, you can help us make a difference in the lives of women and youth across the world.
How to become a YTF Social Franchisee
The following are the steps to becoming a YTF Social Franchisee:
Apply online to become a YTF Social Franchisee
YTF provides feedback on application (30 to 45 days)
Franchisee signs agreement and launches crowdfunding campaign (30 days)
Curriculum and equipment delivered to site (30 days)
Monthly impact reporting to YTF
The YTF Social Franchisee must set up a local management committee (LMC). The LMC brings together various stakeholders (such as school administrators, teachers, community members and parents, and traditional rulers and opinion leaders). These people will work with each other and with YTF to make sure that the program succeeds.
The YTF Social Franchisee further involves families and communities in the CTLC’s in the following ways:
- Recruiting and training members of the community to run the CTLC.
- Encouraging community members to make use of the CTLC.
- Helping other stakeholders learn about how technology can be used in education, agriculture, health, and entrepreneurship.
- Taking part in the CTLC’s “open house”—when parents and community members will visit the CTLC to see demonstrations and a display of students’ work.
- Organizing meetings with parents, village headmen, and chiefs from surrounding villages to introduce the program.
Our expansion model is led by the communities we serve. When we are invited to offer a new program, we do research to see whether the project is a good fit. We need to make sure that we can provide enough support to help the Social Franchisee launch the project, and that the project will have the local support it needs to succeed in the long run.
To become a YTF Social Franchisee and create a CTLC in your community, please click here to complete the application form.
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