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YOUTH FOR INNOVATION TRUST

Themes: Gender, Economics, Technology, Social Justice, Community,
Region: Southern Africa
Country: Zimbabwe

YOUTH FOR INNOVATION TRUST

Youth socio-economic exclusion is one of the leading causes and contributing factors to the persistence of human rights abuses and various forms of violence. This issue has a direct, negative effect on youth participation in development processes in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. The project, organized by the Youth for Innovation Trust (YIT), focuses on inspiring active citizenship through innovatively using online social media and offline spaces to spark conversations that interrogate the dynamics of exclusion. As a result, their work attempts to minimize the acceptance of cultures that ensure the persistence of socio-economic exclusion. By partnering with the Umahlekisa Comedy Club, YIT also hosts stand-up comedy shows across a number of locations within the city of Bulawayo to broach these subjects through humor. Another element of the project includes the development of ‘solidarity circles’ that bring together young women, in particular, to be the lead in tackling the issue of social exclusion head-on. Their target audience is comprised of a wide range of young Zimbabweans, including women, the disabled, the LGBTQIA+ community, sex workers, and teenage mothers, among others.

Youth for Innovation Trust is a collective of active global citizens who advance social innovation for development through facilitating a culture of active thinking. YIT attempts to enhance a widespread understanding and appreciation of underserved arts, such as stand-up comedy, and poetry, in combating social ills.