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The seeds of Youth Action Africa were planted in 2006 by its founder, Roland Fomundam. Its founding idea started as a class project at Northeastern University that metamorphosed into a student organization with goals to provide preventive resources against pandemic diseases in Africa. The organization was then incorporated in 2008 as Youth Action for Rural Africa and in 2009 it was approved by the IRS as a tax-exempt organization. As of 2010, it started doing business as (DBA) Youth Action Africa due to a broad vision to tackle issues all over Africa. Since inception, it has enjoyed significant growth actively campaigning its mission to form two additional collegiate chapters at Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, PA and Simmons College in Boston, MA.

Through its three collegiate chapters, YAA has organized and coordinated multiple community-driven programs geared towards fulfilling their goals. To achieve such goals YAA felt the need to partner with established home based organizations hence joining forces with organizations such as the Fobang Foundation in Cameroon, Youth Business Cameroon, Humanity Empowerment Alliance (HEAL), Ghana and Uganda Youth Sports Association, Uganda. These collaborations have facilitated initiatives like the AIDS Prevention Initiative by distributing condoms while educating the population in Douala, Cameroon; Malaria Eradication Campaign by distributing treated mosquito nets in Yaounde, Cameroon; and YAA Annual Book Drive to support schools in Ghana and Cameroon, which ultimately founded their first computer learning center in South Africa in 2008.

In the United States, YAA has been focused on outreach programs by collaborating with organizations to foster awareness about Africa's myriad crisis. They have been working with other organizations that can foster sustainable developments in target areas in Africa, and bridging the cultural awareness gap to nurture cultural competent ambassadors in regions of Africa. Through these initiatives, YAA has partnered with organizations like Jubilee USA, Eceuntro 5, and Global Potential. Additional strategic partners include Boston-based Castle Square Tenants Organization Technology Center, South End Technology Center and Technology for Social Change who generously donated computers to support YAA's centers in Africa.

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"I'm encouraging young people to become social business entrepreneurs and contribute to the world, rather than just making money. Making money is no fun. Contributing to and changing the world is a lot more fun."
- Muhammad Yunus
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