Youth for Innovation Trust
Youth for Innovation for Trust (YIT) promotes youth development through social innovation.
YIT provides innovative solutions to problems faced by youth. YIT acknowledges that young women are at the center of development, whilst creating active global citizens by facilitating a critical thinking culture.
Headquartered in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, Youth for Innovation Trust maximizes on new media to reach out to youth across the country to encourage informed participation in political and socio-economic processes. YIT values the culture of volunteerism and is dedicated to investing in young people with a strong vision for positive social change to develop their personal skills and improve livelihoods.
We aim to engender consciousness against discrimination on the basis of gender and age through innovative solutions that uplift livelihoods for active global citizenship. To make this mission a reality, we aim to:
- Foster economic, social, and political empowerment of the youths through innovatively synergizing entrepreneurship development and technological
- Facilitate the personal development of the girl child through bridging the gap between cultural norms and modern human rights dynamics.
- Spearhead peaceful coexistence through creating a culture of tolerance and the upholding of moral cultural values.
- Promote democracy and good governance through advocating for civic participation in national processes.
Projects and Achievements:
The Geek approach to Sustainable Development is a project that provides a combination of skills that elevates young people to a position where they are able to dictate their ability to access information and use it to improve their socio-economic status. The key phrase is “Creating Active Global Citizens”. The project brings relevant aspects of Information Communication Technologies to specific youth groups using three different tenets: the technovation challenge, the hour of code and the motherboard project. Strategies under this project include mentorship, capacity building and strategic fundraising. Some of the activities that have been held include hackathons and innovations expo.
As innovation grows as an important aspect of development, its social aspect is often neglected. Without social growth the growth of an individual in other sectors is meaningless. As we create a culture of active critical thinking and promote mental creativity it is crucial to bring in the aspect of social responsibility best described as the concept of Ubuntu. Hence, the major aim of YIT’s project entitled Reviving Ubuntu is to facilitate the personal development of young people through bridging the gap between cultural norms and modern human rights dynamics by addressing issues concerned with the generation gap as a measure of enhancing good personal practices that accumulate to creativity and social oriented innovation. Strategies under this project include; Intercultural Dialogue, Social network activism, Creative art, Young leaders’ directory and Advocacy for human rights. Some of the activities under this project include:
- Weekly Social Growth Talk on social media
- Radio Talk engaging communities on Youth Issues
- Coffee bars and growth picnics for youth
- Youth participation and representation in different local, regional and international growth initiatives such as Leave no Youth Behind Campaign, Electoral Integrity training and Activista Zimbabwe
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