Women of Africa: Inspiring Malawi's children with ambition
11 November 2015 Last updated at 01:45 GMT
Monica Makeya Dzonzi is a co-ordinator at the youth centre in the Malawian city of Blantyre that organises training in computer, sports and life skills.
A Unicef Youth Ambassador, she is an inspiration for the children who flock to the Ayise Bangwe Youth Centre.
She tells the BBC about how her tough childhood made her determined to get an education.
Women of Africa is a BBC season recognising inspiring women across the continent. The first series, Africa's Unsung Heroes, introduces eight women who are making a difference in their country - and beyond.