About YTC

YOUTH TECHNOLOGY CORPS

Youth Technology Corps operates a peer learning system, rooted in education and social justice that has evolved since 1998. Today, fueled by the changes in the post-pandemic world, YTC is uniquely positioned to offer the world an approach to STEM education and societal reform. Since we launched the first YTC club, advancements in virtual participation have opened the door and bright light has fallen upon a system that is exacerbating the inequity problem in STEM learning.

 

That's where we come in, YTC has always been on the front lines of this battle to democratize the digital world and we started by launching technology clubs designed to train youth to help bridge the digital divide some twenty-five years ago.  Using students to become teachers of content in order to deepen their technical capabilities while learning 21st-century skills such as communication, collaboration, and problem-solving, we started refurbishing computers, creating computer labs, and teaching computer literacy locally and across North America.

 

During the 2020 Covid-19 Pandemic, YTC pivoted when we launched the virtual synchronous peer learning driven content which can be taught anywhere.  We were inspired by the 2017 launch of our Arduino Curriculum. It was mastered by our students who successfully facilitated virtual instruction for students and teachers in our partner clubs in Durango Mexico in 2018.

 

By 2021 a handful of trained YTC student-instructors taught twenty-five new students our new Arduino Curriculum. This month 25 YTC student-teachers are facilitating classes for over 100 students from seven states and nine organizations, with children aged seven to seventeen. Our tier two proof of concept will continue to be assessed by PEAR Institute’s STEM OUTCOMES AND QUALITY assessment tool, the 2021 assessment was encouraging as we exceeded the national average in seven of ten categories.

We believe all teens can embrace who they are,
define their future, and change the world.

 

Our Mission

YTC is a global organization committed to nurturing talent by providing youth with STEM learning, good citizenship, and recycling practices while bridging the digital divide in the communities where they live, locally, and globally.

Our Vision

YTC has a vision that ensures every community has access to a digital future, and through your generous contributions, we are able to reach more teens, more families, and more non-profits who may otherwise not have access to today’s modern digital tools. 

Our Team

  • David Finkel, President & Founder

  • Mark Lennon, Club Development

  • Eliza Dudek, Operations Mgr.

  • Jeremy Mingo, Website & Social Media Dir.

  • Instructors:

    • Jeremy Mingo - Evanston

    • Miguel Patino - Bridgeport

    • Juan Zarco, Andy Avalos - Morton East

    • Alex Contreras - CBTA 173 Durango, MX

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