TechCommunities; Community Development Program
"It is no longer just about skill acquisition. We now have to focus on the transformation of these skills into employment leading to self-sustainability for rural people...only then will they emerge as butterflies from cocoons."
~Njideka Harry, Executive Director, YTF
The TechCommunities program is targeted towards youth, ages 20-25 years and is designed to teach participants how to incorporate technology as enthusiastic employees or job creators. YTF knows that the best way to educate youth is to put them to work in and outside the classroom. This allows students to contextualize and apply their knowledge, personally connect to the problem and improve learning and creative processes. Hands on experiences, inspire peer-to-peer learning and empower students to recognize issues and propose solutions in a collaborative way.
TechCommunities students are engaged through team-intensive technology projects, field work, site visits, meaningful technology and entrepreneurship internships, career panels and innovation contests.
The TechCommunities program impacts students by:
- Encouraging young people to have a greater ownership of development through meaningful and valued engagement.
- Developing a platform to integrate youth employment opportunities to networks of youth, service providers and employers.
- Giving students the skills they’ll use to become leaders and innovators in STEM-related fields and in their communities
- Increasing social capital by connecting marginalized community members to information services.