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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, 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 WORK

Over the past 3 years, we've worked to develop and refine the curriculum for the Youth Innovation Lab, a program that guides students through the process of creatively ideating solutions to local problems. We've worked with partnering NGOs and CBOs in developing communities to customize and implement these Youth Innovation Labs, weeklong workshops designed to give young people the time, space, and support to create solutions to benefit their local communities using human-centered-design principles to analyze a specific issue and understand the population which it affects. We've also worked with the partnering organization 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.

IDEATION

After exploring root causes, students design a project proposal that meets a genuine community need, using tools like storyboards, proposals, and budgets.

IMPLEMENTATION

For many of the projects that emerge, AYANA provides funding to turn vision into a reality. Pictured is the Peace of Mind Pop-Up Library Project in Kibera, Kenya!

AYANA

Equipping young people to transform their communities for the better.

SITE DESIGNED BY MAHIKA HALEPETE.