CREATING SUSTAINABLE IMPACT

We help young people in developing countries design & implement projects to improve their communities.

THE PROBLEM

Far too often, young people are left out of decision-making on issues affecting their communities. Rather than creating short-term solutions based what we think developing communities are in need of, we empower youth living in these areas, who truly understand the issues in their communities, to create and implement the solutions, ensuring long-term sustainability of these life-changing projects.

 

WHAT WE DO

We work with partnering NGOs in developing countries to customize and implement our Youth Innovation Lab programs, week long workshops designed to empower youth to create solutions to benefit their local communities using design thinking to analyze a specific issue and understand the population which it affects. Then, we work with the partnering organization and the project designers to make selected project ideas a reality. 

INSPIRATION

Students participate in our weeklong Youth Innovation Lab incubator. They learn about design thinking while viewing their communities through the lens of the SDGs.

IDEATION

Individually or in groups, students design a project that meets a relevant community need. They envision the project with a storyboard, proposal, and budget.

IMPLEMENTATION

The project launches and is able to impact real lives. Pictured are students reading as a result of the Peace of Mind Pop-Up Library Project in Nairobi, Kenya.

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Empowering young people in developing countries to improve their communities through human-centered design.

100% of your donation goes directly towards the supply cost for projects designed by young people for their communities.

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AYANA is a 501(c)(3) registered nonprofit organization under the Internal Revenue Service -- EIN 83-1447549.