A Youth Futures International Public Health Program for High School and College Students in Dominase, Ghana

Serve, Learn, & Empower in Action

"Youth Futures International is a shining example of inspiring a new generation of students by providing them with hands-on experiences in the communities where they serve.  It is difficult for me to overstate the importance and impact of your program on participating students."


                    David Buchanan, DrPH

                    Professor, University of Massachusetts School of Public Health & Health Sciences

Youth Futures International is a non-profit organization based in Amherst, Massachusetts.  Its Serve, Learn, & Empower program provides high school and college students with an international service learning and leadership experience while offering public health education as a member of our Ghana Team in Dominase.


YFI's Ghana Team Members from around the U.S. and the world develop and implement leadership activities and public health initiatives to educate and prevent a variety of diseases such as HIV/AIDS, Malaria, and Cholera.  Through a variety of instructional lessons in the classroom and group discussions with Ghanaian youth and peers, along with sport and games activities, participants work in unison with children and youth in the community to accomplish these objectives.


Ghana Team Members receive an opportunity to provide service in a developing nation and get to immerse themselves in the culture of Dominase, Ghana as they stay with host families throughout the village during their stay.


In addition to the program being led by our Executive Program Director, Zoe Baylin, who has undergraduate degree in public health, YFI also works with the University of Massachusetts-Amherst School of Public Health to provide the organization with a graduate student intern pursuing his/her master's degree in public health.  The intern provides year round contributions on curriculum, travels with the team to Ghana during programs, and helps track and evaluate the effectiveness of YFI's program in the communities it serves.

About Serve, Learn, & Empower



Dominase, Ghana - SUMMER 2017

July 7-23, 2017

Youth Futures International will accept up to 25 students for each session and is for high school students who have completed at least one year of high school prior to the program as well as students who will be graduating in 2017.  College students who have completed one semester as a full-time student may also enroll.  All students must have a current or cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (weighted or unweighted).

  • Tuition is $2,350 if paying by check or $2,600 if paying by credit/debit card.  A deposit of $350 is due at the time of enrollment.  All enrollments must be paid in full by June 1, 2017.
  • The cost of YFI's Serve, Learn, & Empower program includes accommodations and meals in the homes of host families, program transportation in Ghana, program costs, and sightseeing.  It does not include recommended travel insurance, round trip airfare to and from Ghana, required vaccinations, visa costs, or spending money.
  • YFI does not have scholarships available for the program.  As such, many of our students do their own fundraising by seeking sponsorships from businesses and community organizations.  They also do fundraisers in their schools and community as well as set up an online account through
  • Students will be housed in the YFI Center in the village of Dominase.  Meals will be hosted by families throughout the community.
  • Students will be housed and fed in the homes of host families within the village of Dominase.  At least two students of the same gender are assigned to a host family.
  • All students and staff participating in the program are required to have standard vaccinations (MMR, etc.) as well as Yellow Fever, Typhoid, and Flu vaccinations.  It is also required that they obtain an anti-Malaria prescription.
  • Public health curriculum materials will be sent to students prior to the trip so that they may study what will be taught throughout schools in the villages they operate in and the first couple of days in Dominase will be spent learning to teach the curriculum in a classroom setting.
  • For more information about the program or to get enrollment forms, please fill out the online form on our Contact page.

YFI's Community Center & Peer Education

After seven years of planning, YFI proudly had the Andrew Ampah-YFI Center built in Abeadze-Dominase.  This community center is dedicated to Mr. Andrew Ampah (or "Uncle Andrew" as we affectionately call him), an Abeadze-Dominase native, who has been instrumental in helping YFI achieve its mission in Ghana.  The community center provides local youth with a safe, friendly, and open environment to learn.  With the aid of 16 local youth, aged 13-17, who have been trained as certified peer educators by YFI, the center will be utilized bi-weekly for community education on health topics important to the community.  Our peer educators will use this space to conduct forums, theatrical performances, sporting events, tutoring, and peer mentoring.  Additionally, the Andrew Ampah-YFI Center has lodging accommodations for undergraduate and graduate students seeking short or long-term volunteer or internship opportunities and will house YFI's Serve, Learn, & Empower students during summer programs.

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