Hey there, habeshawi family 💛as you all know we started a new interview series on our previous blog and today we came up with another interview with Elshaday Asres a 10th grade student, the co-founder of Teen Ethiopia and creative director of Teen Ethiopia digital magazine.Teen Ethiopia is a platform where Ethiopian teenagers share their ideas empower themselves and help eachother.
Heres how it went…
First of all thankyou very much for your eligibility for this interview.
Thank you for your interest in Teen Ethiopia!
When was teen Ethiopia founded and who is the fou
Teen-Ethiopia was founded in September 2020 by 3 teenagers ArsemaDegu, ElshadayAsres and Bethel Asres. After taking part in an international entrepreneurial competitionas a team, we came up with the idea to create a platform that empowers the Ethiopian Youth. After that other teenagers with different skills and interests have joined the Teen Ethiopia team and took different positions in the team.
What is the aim of Teen Ethiopia what does your company do?
Even though we have huge plans for the future, the heart of teen Ethiopia lies in empowering teens and helping them use their full potential. One of the ways to do this is by reaching out to them through different media platforms. One of our media platforms is the Teen-Ethiopia magazine which is on its second issue now. This magazine focuses on teens and we encourage teen contributors to share their materials through the magazine. We are also working on a project that brings inspiring Ethiopian youngsters into the spotlight. There are many inspiring teenagers in Ethiopia who are involved in numerous activities. Teen Ethiopia plans to encourage and help them inspire others by sharing their experience in different fields. We also plan to collaborate with different organizations and work on projects that will benefit teenagers such as trainings, competitions and other events.
Our main aim is creating a community of active, empowered and high achieving youth. By including as much youngsters as possible in our projects, we help them enhance their skills and share their skills with each other .Furthermore, one of our tasks is connecting teenagers with range of opportunities and creating opportunities for them.As you might have observed we try to share different opportunities for teenagers on our telegram channel. That is because we believe that one way of empowerment is taking part in opportunities and learning from them. As more and more youngsters join the community, we will be able to take on more amazing projects and provide more opportunities.
what has the company been doing during the COVID-19 pandemic?
After we came up with the idea of starting Teen-Ethiopia, we first developed an action plan which outlined everything teen Ethiopia was about.That helped us to know our direction and assign tasks.
We then opened a telegram channel to connect with teenagers and spread the word. The first few weeks after we created the channel were focused on spreading the word and connecting with our fellow youngsters. Since then we have held an art competition between our teen members and we have released Teen-Ethiopia’s first digital magazine after a month of starting teen Ethiopia. We then released the second issue of the magazine in which our fellow members have contributed their amazing materials.
Currently the team is working on different projects regarding teenagers which will be out soon.
I have seen some challenges on your telegram channel and what is the aim of these challenges?
The challenges are our ways of connecting with our members. We have had 2 challenges on our telegram channel. which encourage our fellow members to share their ideas and work. We at Teen-Ethiopia appreciate creativity, and as you could see in the two challenges we hosted we challenged our members to share their creative works and think outside of the box. The other aim of our challenges is to make our members feel at home. When our members participate in the challenges, and connect with us , it means they are part of the Teen-Ethiopia community. We also find teenagers who work with us in our projects through these challenges. For example all four participants in the second challenge, which called for teenagers to share their art, worked with us in the first issue of the Teen-Ethiopia magazine.
5,You have told me that you and your team participated in an international enterprunal competition, what is the name of this competition?
We participated in EMGirls Enterpruerial Competition (EEC). EEC is an entrepreneurial competition for girls and it had about 480 participants from 49 countries. Our team was one of the top 20 teams out of 350+ teams who advanced to the final round of the competition. Apart from being part of the competition we got access to a series of entrepreneurship webinars and mentorship opportunities which helped us in starting up Teen-Ethiopia.
We plan to organize such compititions in the future at our platform as it will have a huge benefit for our teenagers.
As students you must have lots of school work to do so how do you manage your time to prepare the magazine and other things that you do?
I would say we are able to work effectively because of team work. Every member of the teen Ethiopia team is assigned their own task which fits with their skills and interest. This makes it easier to manage our activity and it prevents work load on one person. Personally, since I started working in Teen-Ethiopia, I have learned to manage my time effectively more than ever.
Where do you see teen Ethiopia in 5years?
In the next five years we expect Teen-Ethiopia to be the leading platform for teenagers. We will include Ethiopian youngsters with different skills and interests in our team. Teen-Ethiopian will be home to a huge community of teenagers and youth who will do good for their community in various fields. We will take part in different projects that will benefit the Ethiopian youth. In 5 years, Teen-Ethiopia will have impacted a huge number of teenagers through its various projects.
Any last thing you want to say to our readers?
The Teen-Ethiopia team would like to thank everyone who is supporting us. We would like to thank our followers in social media and the teenagers who are part of our projects. We encourage anyone who is interested in working with us to contact the team via Teen-Ethiopia’s social media plat forms and be part of the community.
Thank you so much for taking the time to talk with me about teen ethiopia and many more!
It was my pleasure!!!
Follow Teen Ethiopia on instagram;https://instagram.com/teenethiopia?igshid=1eatx1j2a0exh💛