Welcome to Youth Action International (YAI). We are an impact driven not for profit organization with a commitment to reshaping the future for young people in postwar African countries. Established in 2006 by Kimmie Weeks, a renowned humanitarian and recipient of the World’s Children’s Prize Award, YAI has been at the forefront of empowering thousands of young people youth through education, healthcare, and economic initiatives.
In 2022, YAI updated its mission to focus on increasing digital literacy and computer proficiency for young people in postwar African nations. We recognize the vital role that technology plays in shaping opportunities, and our initiatives are designed to bridge the digital divide, providing access and training to open new opportunities for young people.
One of our flagship initiatives, the Transcend Project, focuses on establishing fully functional, solar-powered computer labs in high schools across Liberia and Sierra Leone. These labs go beyond providing hardware – they are a commitment to nurturing basic computer skills, offering a pathway to a brighter future for thousands of students annually.
We believe in the transformative power of education and technology. By providing computer skills to the youth, we not only empower individuals but also contribute to the growth and development of entire nations. With a focus on sustainability, YAI is dedicated to ensuring that the impact of our programs extends far beyond the initial intervention.
YAI's programs have touched over 500,000 lives in Burundi, Liberia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, and Uganda.