Our goal is to impress upon the youth via workshops, hands-on and interactive learning initiatives that whatever they imagine can manifest into plausible careers or products, providing solutions to problems they see around them in the community. Most importantly, that they can become the change they wish to see in the world.

Lianne McNaughton
What is YCDI?

Youth Can Do I.T. is a youth empowerment organization that uses technology and strengths based initiatives to empower and develop Jamaica’s youth.

What has YCDI done so far?

YCDI has had over 200 youth in workshops, mentoring programs, summer and christmas camps and has interacted with thousands of youth in nation-wide school tours in collaboration with ZipFM 103 (a major radio station in Jamaica) to raise awareness about technology careers and the endless possibilities of the tech space using prototypes like makey makey

How did the mentoring program come about?

This program was started because of two needs: the lack of mentors and the lack of female role models in the technology field. Our aim is to provide the young girls with role models, teach them the skills they will need, encourage them, and show them that tech careers will help change the world for the better.

What is the Women in IT Mentoring Program?

An exciting 1-year pilot program that aims to expose girls to the most versatile and fastest growing industry in the world and empower them to take a more active approach to their goals and dreams.

Who does it cater for?

The program serves 31 young girls ranging from highschool to university and pairs them with mentors.

Key Objectives of the Program

  • To provide professional role models
  • To provide tangible exposure to the mentees to various IT
    careers and professions
  • To create a community and network of women in IT
  • To empower the participants to understand and know what
    their innate talents and strengths are, how to apply it to
    execute, strategize, influence and work with others
  • To provide opportunities for the mentees to learn, grow and
    recognize the opportunities and challenges in the information
    – communication technology

Program Highlights

  • Started on International Girls in ICT day April 26th 2018
  • 31 girls ( High School and University students)
  • 1-1 Mentor-Mentee matching with Professional Women in various IT
  • Monthly Themed Meetups
  • Quarterly Technology Workshops
  • Strengths Empowerment workshop using Gallup StrengthsFinder with
    certified Coach Lianne McNaughton
  • Select few will go the Grace Hopper Women in Computing
    Conference in Houston, Texas in September
  • Ends on International Women Day March 8th 2019

It is so wonderful to be able to see girls lifting up girls and supporting each other seeing that we’re living in a society where women are now tearing down each other just to get to the top.

Isheba Cornwall