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AYANA was founded by a high school student from California with a desire to accomplish three things: to allow youth to build their self-confidence as they realize their true potential to create change in the community and the world, to further sustainable development and lift communities out of poverty, all at a grassroots level, and to transform philanthropy & allow small donations to have a large impact. So far, we have reached over 200 young people in Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, and Cameroon.
We're empowering the next generation of social innovators in developing countries through innovative programs designed to stimulate empathy and problem-solving skills. Our flagship program is our AYANA Youth Innovation Incubator Program, a 5-hour-long research, innovation, idea development, and presentation curriculum that allows youth to identify problems in their communities and come up with solutions.
There's a reason foreign aid works in some places and not in others. While nearly $1 trillion dollars has gone to Africa, the continent still progresses at a shockingly low rate. In fact, foreign aid can sometimes be declining. Aid needs to be sustainable. Without this, no foreign aid project will work. Often times, the problem with aid is the lack of subjectivity and sustainability. Additionally, aid projects must be able to integrate into communities.
There is no better resource with knowledge of their communities and the issues faced than youth. Having experienced the plight of disadvantaged communities often times first hand, youth are equipped with the knowledge to identify the problems and come up with solutions that work.
Blog Writing + Copywriting Team Member (Opportunity for high school & college students!) (Volunteer Opportunity)
Branding & Graphic Designer (Opportunity for high school & college students!) (Volunteer Opportunity)
Pen Pal Program with Tanzanian Youth (Ages 17-25) (Volunteer Opportunity)
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