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About Youth Can Do IT

Youth Can Do I.T. is a youth empowerment organization that is geared towards equipping and empowering youth with the right skills and tools needed to turn their dreams into reality.


YCDI seeks to equip people with the right skills and tools to turn their dreams into reality; changing their self-doubt into unshakable confidence, belief in themselves and believe they can be creators.

Our Story

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. Most importantly it enables them to become the change they wish to see in the world. 

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


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.



Youth Engaged

White Feather


Program Participants


Received Jobs in Tech

Our Team

Lianne McNaughton
YCDI Founder & Managing Director
Christopher Derrell
Chief Technology Officer
Cherika Wilson
Programme Manager

Our Goal

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.

It's important that they are equipped to provide solutions to problems they see around them. Most importantly, that they can become the change they wish to see in the world.

The entire workshop was really amazing as it helped me to understand a topic I was just starting in school, Ms. Lianne made the activities very captivating and worthwhile, and I had fun while learning. Thank you YCDI [...] for giving me the opportunity to be a part of the activity.

– Suddene Stone

Our Mission: (What we're doing)


To empower Jamaica’s youths through the use of technology and self-actualization.

Our Vision: (Where we're going)


To be the tech talent pipeline of the Caribbean.

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