YouthCaffe Digital Design School
Explain your project in details:
Main Objective: To equip poor urban youth with digital skills for employment and livelihood. Other Objectives: Encourage girls to take up careers in the Digital Industry and compete equally with boys in accessing opportunities for employment and economic advancement; Provide tertiary education and training for urban poor youth who can't afford higher education; Keep vulnerable youth away from crime/criminal gangs and link them with opportunities available in the growing knowledge industry; Provide an environment where youth can cooperate to find solutions to problems in their community i.e through social media advocacy; Activities: Training in Web, Graphic and Multimedia Design including 3D Animation; Training in SRH and HIV-AIDS including advocacy; Workshops with content Application developers such as google and Mozilla communities; Hackathons and other creative digital competitions; Class Project with Real Clients and Industry Experts; Mentorship and Business Development. Innovative Approaches: Vocational Skills Training focuses on (i) Job Creation-start-ups (ii)Self-employment and (iii) Innovation with an emphasis on using the 'New media'; Research : This requires that programme activities are documented and challenges dealt with timely in order to stay ahead of the digital curve and anticipate opportunities before they arise maximizing on the resulting advantages .
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
The Digital Design School has had a significant impact on sustainable development in the following ways: 1. All participants in the program who have completed the full course have been gainfully employed/self-employed(informally YouthCaffe began with a cohort of 20 students in 2011 who graduated 18 months later and all got employment in reputable companies e.g. SCANAD; In 2017, another cohort of 20 youth graduated and more than half have already obtained jobs while the others are on industrial internships) 2. Improvement in the living standards of the participants and their families due to improved income and employment as a result of skills gained at YouthCaffe Digital Design School. 3. Improvement in level of Education (Diploma and Certificates) for poor youth that enables them to compete fairly with others who can afford higher education 4. Some of the best graduates form the program who are now employed come back to offer motivational talks, or have been absorbed as tutors by YouthCaffe and continue to empower others.
Sustainability and future plans
Our Business Model is based on Social Entrepreneurship hence our focus is developing knowledge products that directly or indirectly solve pressing problems in the society. YouthCaffe source of funding include Grants and Donations from Institutional and Individual donors, Consultation Fees, Crowd Funding, Partnerships and Collaborations as well as Loans. Plans for future growth include developing the Digital School to include an innovation lab that actually makes, testes and produces innovations that are ready for the market; YouthCaffe plans to be making money out conducting commissioned social and market research on pertinent issues.
Your profile as an entrepreneur
I am 30 years of age with over 10 years experience in project management in the NGO sector, a successful entrepreneur (catering) and Digital Designer. After completing high school, I benefited from a vocational training ICT program by an organization called Nairobits where I later worked as Information Center Coordinator, in charge of running 7 ICT and Entrepreneurship training centers with more than 500 students at any one time. In the year 2011-2012, I was part of the team that designed and promoted the 'ghetto game' (geth2o) an online conflict resolution game by Butterfly Works which targeted communities living in resource scarce conflict areas and urban slums. I was also heavily involved in the mapping and setting up of youth friendly service centers in Kenya with Africa Alive-Dance for Life organizations, FHOK; and also helped in the production of a video documentary for Royal Tropical Institute, GGD Amsterdam, and AMREF Kenya. I am motivated when I am able to help in the empowerment and transformation of vulnerable youth. Some of the qualities that have helped in my success include Discipline, Creativity, Leading by Example, Team work, and Integrity. I have received recognition and mention in a publication by KIT Royal Tropical Institute as a key contributor; Mamabits, Nairobits and YouthCaffe for exemplary service in project management.