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SUPPORTING YOUNG LEADERS

We help young people make their voices heard, designing & implementing social change projects for their communities.

THE PROBLEM

Far too often, and across the globe, young people are left out of decision-making on issues affecting their communities. We amplify the existing leadership potential of young people in developing communities, who truly understand the issues in their areas, to create and implement transformational solutions to problems their communities face.

OUR SOLUTION

Over the past 3 years, we developed and refined the framework for Youth Innovation Labs, programs that guide students through the process of creatively ideating solutions to local problems. We worked with partnering NGOs and CBOs in developing communities to customize & implement these Youth Innovation Labs for local contexts. As a result, young people were given the time, space, and support to create solutions to benefit their local communities using human-centered-design principles to analyze specific issues and propose their own unique solutions. We've also worked with the partnering organizations and the young leaders behind the project to make some of the project ideas that emerge a reality

INSPIRATION

Students participate in our weeklong Youth Innovation Lab incubator. They get inspired to look in their communities for problems that need solving.

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IDEATION

After exploring root causes, students design a project that meets a genuine community need, learning to develop and pitch their unique idea.

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IMPLEMENTATION

AYANA provides funding to selected projects to turn the vision into a reality. Pictured is a sustainability project in the town of Muhanga in Rwanda!