About Us

Youth Can Do I.T

Youth Can Do I.T is a youth empowerment organization that uses technology and strengths-based initiatives to develop Jamaica’s youth. Founded by Lianne McNaughton in 2016, YCDI was born out of the desire to use technology and self-actualization as the catalyst for capacity building among youth.

Background

Youth Can Do I.T (YCDI) is a youth empowerment organization that uses technology and strengths based initiatives to develop and empower the youth. Founded in 2016 in Kingston, Jamaica by Lianne McNaughton YCDI was born out of the desire to use technology and self-actualization as the catalyst for capacity building among youth. YCDI seeks to equip the youth with the right skills and tools to turn their dreams into reality; changing their selfdoubt into unshakable confidence, belief in themselves and believe they can be creators.

Our goal is to impress upon the youth via workshops, hands-on and interactive learning initiatives that whatever they imagine can manifest into plausible careers or products, providing solutions to problems they see around them in the community. Most importantly, that they can become the change they wish to see in the world. Since it’s first introduction to web development workshop in 2016,
Lianne McNaughton

YCDI has had over 200 youth in workshops, mentoring programs, summer and christmas camps and has interacted with thousands of youth in nation-wide school tours in collaboration with ZipFM 103 (a major radio station in Jamaica) to raise awareness about technology careers and the endless possibilities of the tech space using prototypes like makey makey

How We Do It

Empower

As a strengths based organization, YCDI provides resources and training to help young men and women to identify their innate talents, unlock their fullest potential and focus on becoming the best version of themselves.

Connect

With technology at the core of everything we do, we not only create opportunities for individuals to interface with the digital realm on a deeper level but also stimulate their creativity for better problem solving.

Impact

Through enriching workshops, hands-on and interactive learning initiatives, YCDI impresses upon Jamaican youth that they are the true agents of change in their own lives and communities.

Inspire

There’s a powerhouse inside of us all that, when ignited, gives us the drive we need to thrive. YCDI initiatives help Jamaican youth to discover and tap into their inherent centre of excellence to continue striving for the best even after they have completed our programmes.

Meet The Team

Lianne McNaugthon

Founder and Director

Paula Pannuzo

Program Coordinator

Jason Scott

Director of Operations

Caryl Ford

Digital Services Manager

Chris Derrell

Chief Technology Officer

Sade Powell

Ambassador Program Coordinator

Ceejay Carpio

Creative Director

Orandi Harris

Chief Ambassador