What we do…

Humor for Social Change

This intervention focuses on inspiring active citizenship through innovatively using online and offline spaces to minimize the acceptance of cultures that ensure the persistence of socio-economic exclusion. Leveraging on the increasing use of the online space by young people, this intervention will spark social media conversations that systematically interrogate the constantly changing dynamics of exclusion emanating from taught behaviors and attitudes. Ultimately, these will build confidence, a spirit of constitutionalism and inspire advocacy actions among youth. In partnership with Umahlekisa Comedy Club, a huge component of this intervention is Humor against Discrimination. As jokes are used to spread stereotypes and cushion apathy, they can also be used to engage with citizens against harmful social practices. Activities being held include, social media interventions, offline standup comedy shows and solidarity circles.

Reviving Ubuntu, Promoting Social Innovation

As we create a culture of active thinking and promote creativity and innovation, it is crucial to bring in the aspect of social responsibility best described as the concept of ‘Ubuntu’. This involves being innovative around ensuring meaningful youth participation in national and international processes. In YIT’s definition, reviving Ubuntu includes interrogating social norms and fighting inequality and discrimination. Hence this project loosely translated, it gathers young people to discuss and take action on issues affecting them directly including sexual reproductive rights, electoral rights, rights of minority groups, peace and justice among many others.

Major aim: Enabling improved meaningful youth participation in community development initiatives

Methods: Coffee bars, cocktail meetings  and picnics, Inter-cultural dialogue, Radio Shows, Documentation, Youth Clubs, Trainings, Audio visual displays, Meaningful social media usage, Sports tournaments, International and National Public forums, and philanthropy

ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Young Leaders’ Directory 2017
  • ZITF ICT Display 2018
  • Documentary (Harnessing African Indigenous Methods of Youth Leadership)
  • Technovation Regional Competition 2018

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The Geek approach To Sustainable Development

The Geek approach to sustainable Development provides a combination of technologies and skills that elevate young people to a position where they are able to dictate their ability to access information and use it to improve their socio-economic status. The project brings relevant aspects of Information Communication Technologies to specific youth groups such as young women, rural youth, young entrepreneurs and other key populations.

Main objective: To level the playing field in access and usage of ICTs for community development

Methods: Technovation Challenge, Hour of Code, Motherboard Project, Think STEAM, Innovate Africa, Robotics, Africa Code Week

Key Strategies: Mentorship, Incubation and Capacity Development

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