Learning to be creative within the confines of our limitations is the best hope we have to transform the world.
YTF’s primary market is 1.7 billion youth between the ages of 10 to 24 of whom 86% live in developing countries. In Nigeria, where YTF first began its work in 2000, these youth contribute as much as 80% to the GDP. At YTF, we believe in collective impact working across multi-stakeholder groups of government, civil society and the private sector, there is not a single problem in this world that cannot be solved by social innovation.
Since YTF’s founding in 2000, our work has positively affected the lives of over 1.4 million people living in low-income and rural communities in developing nations. Youth are a countries greatest assets and the key to job-creation is skills development for these young people and their mothers as economic pillars. The type of training programs YTF offers are unique in the sense that they start with the communities needs and then equip beneficiaries with the skills, tools and knowledge that they need to come up with solutions.
When we push for reverse migration while addressing the issues of youth bulge and adequately educate women and youth, the result is an empowered generation of leaders. YTF aims to impact communities in four areas – what we call our 4 Pillars – around which YTF’s programs are designed.
As in Africa, youth unemployment is also very high in Latin America, one of the reasons YTF expanded to that region in 2012. Low youth employment directly affects national living standards since young people are substantial contributors to household income. Unemployment also leads to social unrest and disharmony. The youth bulge can be a disaster or a dividend and YTF has proactively been impacting the communities it has worked in since its inception to ensure the goals of the latter are reached.