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  • What is TimeBanking?
    Timebanking uses time as currency rather than money. YTB builds strengths and social connections with youth changemakers by providing training and support for their community projects so that they continue as co-producers of connected community across their lifespan and continue to support others along their life paths. YTB Introduction This video was created with high school age youth in Kisubi, Uganda. They talked with YTB Coaches about their vision and ideas for improving living conditions for youth in their school and their desire to establish a YTB Resource Library to support youth in completing their secondary level education. YTB is a nonprofit youth TimeBanking program that builds strengths and social connections with youth changemakers by providing training and support for their community projects so that they continue as co-producers of connected community across their lifespan and continue to support others along their life paths. YTB Coaches talk with youth to identify their vision for improving their school or community. Members work on individual and group projects and make contributions to people, groups, and organizations in their area. Participation time in an average week may be from 15 to 30 minutes up to ten hours of community service and/or experiential learning. The goal: giving and receiving through YTB promotes community building in an ongoing progression of reciprocity. YTB offers options for youth to apply their time credits towards services, in-kind donations, and involvement with programs that support their vision. Contributions through youth-led projects that focus on community improvement present opportunities for specialized training, use of shared technology, access to more books and learning channels, tools, and supplies for their projects. Recognition for their contributions is paramount. They are leaders with vision; YTB provides the pathway for them to "Be The Change." Youth select, plan, manage activities, and report activity via the YTB mobile app. Roles are assigned through individuals or team collaboration. Youth facilitate online sessions, create stories, lead projects, complete activities, supply service and support. YTB is portable, low cost, and can be implemented by any community organization that fills the need for growth and options. YTB is the bridge that paves the way for members to build confidence as Co-Producers of Community. YTB is a scalable innovation with impact.
  • What are YTB (Youth ARE)'s 5 Core Values?
    Assets, Redefined Work, Reciprocity, Social Networks, Respect.
  • What does Community CALM stand for?
    Care, Apps, Learn, Make for Community
  • What does YTB and Youth ARE stand for?
    Youth TimeBanking & Youth are Assets-Resources-Energy
  • What is the purpose of YTB (Youth ARE)
    To provide opportunities for youth to work in partnership with adults to improve themselves and their community and-or school. When that is happening the whole world becomes a little bit better.
  • What is it about YTB(Youth ARE) that makes it YTB (Youth ARE) ?
    YTB (Youth ARE) is timebanking-driven co-production. Everyone in YTB (Youth ARE) is an asset to their community. Everyone has opportunities for giving and receiving help. Youths-adults-professionals collaborate, which is co-production. YTB (Youth ARE) is a form of timebanking and mutual aid. Time and in-kind donations and opportunities are the currency.
  • What do you want to accomplish with YTB (Youth ARE) ?
    We strive to help people increase their social and community connections and build strengths by learning and participating in YTB (Youth ARE) projects and activities. Collaboration develops community and improves quality of life.
  • What Sustainable Development Goals does YTB(Youth ARE) most closely align with?
    #2 Zero Hunger, #3 Good Health and Well-Being, #4 Quality Education, #5 Gender Equality, and #13 Climate Action. YTB(Youth ARE) believes in all 17 SDGs and some of our projects cross over into different SDG areas.
  • What is required for a YTB(Youth ARE) program to work well?
    YTB(Youth ARE) needs one or more adult coordinators, several youth members, places to meet, and meaningful projects. Some sponsorship is needed for supplies. Digital inclusion for some of the leaders is useful.
  • When was YTB(Youth ARE) incorporated?
  • What is YTB(Youth ARE)'s EIN?
  • How many Board Members does YTB(Youth ARE) have?
  • Is YTB(Youth ARE) a US-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit?
  • How many YTB(Youth ARE) activities have people done?
  • What age ranges are in YTB(Youth ARE)?
    10 to 80+
  • How many YTB(Youth ARE) programs are there?
    5-6 Programs The current programs right now are the Crochet Project, Social Digital Inclusion, Industrial Art-GAHU, WKH2, YTB Library, and Photovoice. YTB(Youth ARE) Crochet Video - The items in the video were made by middle school and high school students in rural communities in Central Uganda. Youth received yarn, hooks, and instruction by adults in their community. YTB(Youth ARE) Community Crochet is an example of a youth-adult partnership. They are weaving the world with a connection with crocheters who are part of a TimeBank and Refugee Initiative in Tampa, Florida.
  • About how many people participate in YTB(Youth ARE)?
  • Who decides what YTB(Youth ARE) projects and activities to do?
    The youth-adult partners decide.
  • What is the most popular YTB(Youth ARE) activity?
    Crochet and Interlocking Stabilized Soil Blocks
  • What are the most incredible YTB(Youth ARE) projects?
    ISSB classroom, international crochet & climate action challenges!
  • Where are the YTB(Youth ARE) people located?
    US: Tampa and St Petersburg, Florida; Freehold, New Jersey & Southbury, Connecticut. Africa: Yaoundé Cameroon, Mukono Uganda, Kisumu Kenya.
  • What are some things that people have earned in YTB(Youth ARE)?
    School supplies, T shirts, gum boots, crochet hooks & yarns, MakaPads, offline coding games, snacks, project supplies, safety equipment, personal care items, transportation, training. And new international friendships!
  • Can people participate in YTB(Youth ARE) for free?
  • Do people participate in YTB(Youth ARE) virtually and in-person?
  • Can people make donations to YTB(Youth ARE)?
    Yes To donate, please go to
  • Do all kinds of people join YTB(Youth ARE)?
  • Can any youths-adults anywhere start a YTB(Youth ARE) program?
  • What are some ways people can help YTB(Youth ARE)?
    Donate at, follow YTB(Youth ARE) social media, join YTB(Youth ARE) page on LinkedIn, join a public YTB(Youth ARE) event, offer in-kind donations for crochet, e-mail and ask for other suggestions.
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