#YouthDay: The Role of Youth in the “New” Normal

August 12, 2020

When you take a chance you can change the world.

To celebrate International Youth Day we hosted a Webinar to discuss about The Role of Youth in the “New” Normal. We were joined by four of our Y&Y fellows and talked about breaking stereotypes of generations, focusing on the solution instead of the problem, and creating not only jobs but creators of jobs. It was a wonderful discussion that we hope can inspire today’s youth to bring innovation, face resistance and take chances to have a positive impact in the world.

If you couldn’t make it to event you can watch the full recording here:

Read a little about our fellows and their inspiring backgrounds!

Yassine: an IT Engineer who discovered entrepreneurship in 2012 through enactus INPT where he started as a member, became a team leader, and then an advisor. There he worked, in collaboration with his teammates, on 5 innovative social business projects. He co-founded Educall in 2015 and started a Ph.D in EdTech entrepreneurship. He also joined Enactus Morocco as a program coordinator for 2 years and advised education organizations as a consultant and trainer.

Nicole: founder of Alex’s Adventure – a drug education series and has been facilitating drug education workshops for over four years. She has a degree in Marine & Plant Engineering, a Certificate in Training Development & Design and a Certificate in Substance Misuse and Addiction Studies. She will complete my diploma in Substance Misuse Studies in 2021. Nicole has completed the Academy for Social Entrepreneurs Ireland in 2018, the Ignite Business Program at UCC taking the title of Best Showcase for 2019 & the Yunus & Youth Global Social Entrepreneurs Program and is also part of the Social Innovation Warehouse in Argentina. She also won Best Start Up in 2019.

Sara: In 2017 Ms. Sara Rajabli launched a social business “BUTA Art & Sweets” with 85 Euros bootstrapping. The main aim of this business is reducing unemployment problem of women with special needs through sales of homemade sweets, prepared by them. In a short period, the platform could involve 20 women with special needs, expand menu to 40+ sweets, cooperate with 70+ companies and organizations, represent sweets at international events in 17 countries. “BUTA Art & Sweets” has been selected for “Yunus & Youth” Social Entrepreneurship Fellowship Program 2018, as the first social business from Azerbaijan, winning its scholarship for participation at One Young World 2018 Summit in the Hague.

James Ntakiruti: founder of Youth Initiative for Development in Africa (YIDA) after his high school in 2014, with the major aim of helping refugee children in Uganda to access Early Childhood Education in the camp and creating jobs to refugee Youth with the refugee camp. In 2016 he joined Glasgow Caledonian University in Mauritius to pursue a degree in Business Management and He graduated with honors in 2020 Feb. James has been volunteering with COBURWAS International Youth Organization to Transform Africa (CIYOTA) as a president of Branch, in Uganda remotely and at the same time he was studying at the university and also working on his venture and a CEO. During COVID 19 James is still educating refugee children while at home by Visiting home to home.

Don’t forget that our August Webinar Series are still happening! Join us on Sunday, August 16th to talk about The Role of Diversity in the New Normal. Register here so we can keep you updated and you wont miss this amazing event!

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