Description/achievement of initiative
Design short term affordable programs for UN SDG (A-to-A) Awareness to Action specifically - Goals 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 17
To create capacity building initiatives in Africa
To prepare young people who are about to enter the workforce in next 10 years with skills around Sustainability, Critical Thinking & Creative Problem Solving
To forge partnerships with universities around the world to train young people with knowledge of SDG framework and certify them
To focus on real world problem solving based educational programming
To work with non-governmental agencies and improve their monitoring and evaluation capacity through use of mobile data collection
2- Day UN SDG Higher Education program
This 2-day workshop is designed to solve some of the toughest global challenges in context of United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Learn about sustainable business models, theory of change and innovating in face of low resource settings and how to create a solution that impact millions of lives globally. We are partnering with universities in USA, India and Kenya to bring this program at highly subsidized cost from (50 USD to 250 USD per student certified through a 2 day program in person)
As part of our commitment towards creating a global ecosystem of entrepreneurs, innovators and change-makers, all participants will receive continued mentorship for their projects by our global leadership team. This is a post-program reinforcement strategy.
Ycenter EPIC -
One of the programs, as listed on the website https://y-center.org/EPIC/ is SDG Social Innovation Program, which is currently delivered only offline in 4 countries, making it less accessible to other participants from around the world. These programs are designed solve some of the toughest global challenges in context of UN Sustainable Development Goals. Establish a solid foundation in sustainable business models, theory of change and innovating under low resource settings.
Ycenter YOULEAD program
The three key aspects for this program are
i.Train the Youth - Training young people looking for employment or still in final year of college under the ages of 35.
ii.Train the Farmers - in using cellphone data collection and access to open data tools to help them modernize their methods and directly link them to market through the use of market information, direct access to customer platform via apps and access to neutral extension service programs.
iii.Train the Trainers
Youth Led Advisory, Extension and Development (YouLead) initiative is a revolutionary approach to Enterprise Driven, Youth Led Design Thinking approach to Community Empowerment for Africa. It is a joint initiative of Programme for Capacity Development in Africa (P4CAD Africa) and its partners, led by Ycenter USA.
We bring together development actors, governments (in their national and subnational perspectives), private sector, research, and academia to support youths working with farmers in their rural domains; to create agribusiness, incubation, technologies and extension (aiTex) Hubs. This program is in line with United Nations SDG framework and supported by GODAN.
Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer
Coordination mechanisms/governance structure
The teams and partners participating in this initiative over next 5 years will be responsible for reporting the data back to USA team sitting in Philadelphia.
The USA team shall be putting quarterly/annual report clearly highlighting the outcomes of programs and announcing the new partner names with their contact information(official website).
Every stakeholder gets a chance to comment upon the work through annual meetings and the minutes of the meeting shall be collected and published through blog/videos/stories on social media.
Participate in High Level Political Forum (HLPF) The Partnership Exchange event organized annually at the UNHQ in NYC.
Every project will have a start date, end date, baseline measurement and measures to evaluate it midway to make sure to either continue/discontinue/amend the program implementation.
Use the best practices of Corporate Governance and project Management techniques to define a Work breakdown structure. We have at least 3 members in our core team who are directly responsible and bring in 30+ years of experience in doing so.
The leadership team has bi-weekly virtual meetings to discuss the goals, strategies and course correction plans in case of hurdles.
Make sure the financial viability of projects are documented, calculated and forecasted using the best knowledge of market economics at the time of project implementation.
Assign a Project Manager for each project, with single manager holding no more than 3 projects at any given time.
Renew Partnership contracts before expiry
For the sustainability of projects and long term impact, make sure to set up meetings and goal re-adjustment with every country/program partner before the contract expires as and when required.
Post Intervention follow-up strategy
We have already being doing this very well for past 3 years with every global program. Making sure that we create a follow-up strategic intervention to continue measuring the long term impact compared to short term outcomes.
Invest in building a local ecosystem and not just a bilateral partnership to make sure the trained participants have access to mentors, financial resources, technological resources and physical resources.
USA-Temple University, UC Davis, Stanford University - Business School MSx program, Queens College, 1776, Create X Change, Caux RoundTable & Kenya-VACID Africa,Uni of Nairobi,P4CDA-GODAN,Ycenter Africa & Mozambique-Chicuque Rural Hospital- Netherlands-HIVOS-Egypt-GIZA Systems Education Foundation-India-Ycenter India, Maker's Asylum, SGGS Nanded, weRsolar, Mindassets, Wisdom High International School in Nashik, ISDI Mumbai, Udyogvardhini, IIT Bombay,
Ycenter Team and advisors - Dhairya Pujara, Rohaan Goswami, Kiringai Kamau, Keyur Shah, Prof. Michael Glaser from Drexel University, Prof. Bala Mulloth from University of Virginia, Prof. Steven Pyser, Simone Ahuja, Tensai Asfaw OCHA