Youth Can Do I.T. is a youth empowerment organization that uses technology and strengths based initiatives to empower and develop Jamaica’s youth.
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
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.
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.
The program serves 31 young girls ranging from highschool to university and pairs them with mentors.
- 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
- 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