International Transformation Foundation (ITF) is an internationally youth led non-profit organization providing youth educational and self-development programs encompassing leadership and entrepreneurship to harness creativity for Youth system that provide jobs, offering security, opportunities to grow, and contribute to the development of our communities.
ITF was created with belief that extreme poverty remains a huge challenge at international level; one that traditional education is struggling to solve. Another pressing challenge in the context of global education is solving the youth unemployment crisis. Therefore, it is more important than ever that they leave school not just with good grades, but armed with skills, knowledge, attitudes and values that will help them succeed. This unemployment crisis requires a change and transformation to give these youth an empowering environment for employability by bridging together educational sector and labor market. Strengthening cross-sectorial networking that create new opportunities for work based learning mobility. Consequently, in December 2009, International Transformation Foundation (ITF) was established by amalgamated youth across East Africa and dully registered its coordination secretariat in Kenya on 25th August 2010 as an International Youth nonprofit organization.
Currently ITF is running 6 projects:
1. BEE (Building Empowering Environment For Youth Employability )A Capacity building project that gather together a global partnership from 13 different organizations from 4 different continents with the aim of tackling youth unemployment by bridging together educational sector, labour market, youth and public institutions and enabling young people to undergo work-based learning period (WBL). We believe we can make a positive difference both at local and international scale through involving youth organizations and strengthening cross-sectorial networking that will create new opportunities for work based learning mobility. “BEE” partnership is based on a cooperative working methodology that foster cross-fertilization through sharing practices and approaches, as well as by bridging together not only youth organizations, but also schools and employers in a global perspective.
2. READ (Reducing Social Exclusion through a Creative Approach to Reading) Youth illiteracy is still rife in many countries around the world. According to statistics, globally, 124 million children and young adolescents are not in school or they drop out before completing the full course of basic education. Therefore the READ project and its partners share the mission to enhance the participation of youth and disadvantaged learners to society, promoting inclusive education and equality. This project is fully committed to constantly explore new youth work approaches and methodologies. The project draws its origin from the long engagement for the empowerment of young people through non-formal learning.
3. 1 Slum100 computers project: Providing free computer training and entrepreneurship mentoring to youth in Eastern Nairobi slums and informal settlements to be familiar enough with basic computer applications and design a profitable computer based business. At completion of the training and mentorship, we loan them computers and other technological devices to help them set up a computer based business such as cybercafé.
4. Join the Pipe: a school based and students managed business selling clean tap water to community residents at affordable price. It consist of financing a community school to set up onsite water kiosk with specially designed and sustainable products for children to transport tap water at home straight from school. It is both educational and profitable business teaching students business and entrepreneurial skills, and generating much-needed income for schools. Within 24 months, the school earns enough money from selling clean tap water and repays the set up cost which is then redeployed to additional school/community. The project also works to bring awareness to environmental impact of production and waste of bottled water.
5. Jijenge Kijana Fund- a youth Livelihood Pathways offering micro-credit, micro- saving and training enabling ITF members to engage in productive and stable livelihoods.
6. Youth Leadership & Entrepreneurship Trainings- Consisting of debates and workshops giving East African youth life didactic principles with intensive instructions that shoves them to expand their boundaries of knowledge molding them into great leaders and entrepreneurs .