YIAICD 

History 

• Registered in 2008 but founded in 2005 by Mr. George A. Ben-Smith and a team of volunteers cape coast, Ghana 
• Named, created and pioneered the field of community youth entrepreneurship, including business entrepreneurship (BE) and social entrepreneurship (SE) 
• The first YIAICD was held in June 2005 with teams from Moree, Asebu, Ekon, and Amosima, effia-kwesiminstim; the program has now grown. 
• Initial supporters included the African Youth Alliance, Need for Full Peace, Seth Donkor, Fiifi Buckman, and Smithswork Computers. 
• Among the current supporters are individuals, philanthropist, local government 


Philosophy  

• Founded on the same premise stated by Robert F. Kennedy, who said:
“There are those who look at things the way they are, and ask why…I dream of things that never were, and ask why not.” 
YIAICD believes that the creativity and energy of youth are an untapped resource in, and can shaping their own futures. YIAICD asks, “Why not provide an avenue to help them create better futures? Why not help them see that they can truly change the world?” YAC-D inspires youth to do believe that they can contribute their knowledge, skills and energy to enhance their local and the national community. 
• YAC-D’s logo is blue and is represented by the alphabetical letter with the letter D being carried by the two i’s. The logo is blue and green Map to represent Mother Ghana, which provides the scarce, natural resources that all human beings must use wisely.
The letters are YIAIC and D being carried represents the development and youthful friendship, peace and goodwill to all people. This is meant to show how socially-responsible businesses and social entrepreneurs can work together to build a national networks to improve the financial, human, and social conditions in their own communities

Origin of the Name

Named by a group of four team members and George Ben-Smith at an afternoon meeting at the home of one  member with other four two of the steam, Kenneth korley, Mary, Nancy Barns and Fiifi Buckman. After hours of brainstorming, all agreed that the primary audience for the program should be community youth and youth clubs, under the mentorship from tertiary institutions. Unanimity was reached that the main goal of the community youth clubs and teams is to create, launch and operate business and social ventures; thus, YOUTH CAPACITY BUILDING (skill training) and ENTREPRENEURSHIP was the most important goal, there will be a channel system created for the whole of the community where the youth age range 10-40 years is the main focus. The scope was quickly determined to be national before international, and hence the national component 

Finally, korley said, “Aren’t we really all about youth in the advancement of youth capacity building and national entrepreneurship, who are guided and mentored by older and wise members of the community?” Voila. Around the country

Established contacts in 30 districts and supports the work of over 54 youth clubs Employs ZERO staff in each community; all staff are VOLUNTEERS in the purest sense of the word

Legal and Financial Status

Registered under the companies code1963 act179 not-for-profit organization in the Republic of Ghana. Financed by individuals, foundations and business entrepreneurs from around the world. YIAICD accept funding from government entities and all who exists in the community we want to make better


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