“We are committed to educating the professionals of tomorrow. We are
producing innovators and problem solvers extraordinaire – whose impact is
far reaching and life changing.”
The TechCommunities program is developed for youth ages 20-25 years and is designed to teach participants how to incorporate technology into their role as enthusiastic employee or job creator. YTF knows that the best way to educate youth is to put them to work inside 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 into youth, service providers’ and employers’ networks.
- Giving students experience in 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.
Independent research shows the impact of the TechCommunities program:
- 100% believe that YTF Academy life skills training had a positive effect on their lives and employment prospects
- participants report positive changes in 10 of the 10 life skills attributes between baseline and post-program
- the average monthly salary of graduates that were employed after graduation was up three times the monthly minimum wage
- levels of job satisfaction ranged from 55% to 80%
- 90% of program graduates were engaged in entrepreneurship after program completion
- 80% increase in university acceptance rate