AYANA was a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to catalyzing young people to find their unique leadership gifts and make their voices heard, designing and implementing transformational social change projects for their communities.
EMPOWERING YOUNG LEADERS
Far too often, and across the globe, young people are left out of decision-making on issues affecting their communities. Over the last 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. Partnering NGOs and CBOs in developing communities received support 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 also worked with the partnering organizations and the young leaders behind the project to make project ideas that emerge a reality.