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.
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.