In a recent interview with Linkedin, Yusuf Munna has shared the story that motivated him to start reflective TEENS at his seventh grade. Here we shared the story:
“I remember, during my 7th grade in high school, walking into class one day and finding my best friend really annoyed! When I asked him the reason, he replied that his parents were putting immense pressure on him to invest less of his time in painting – something that he loved and was extremely good at – and more time studying so that he could score better marks in exams. That really hurt him as he was so passionate about painting. I realized that moment, that there is a larger problem here. People underestimate the teenage community and tend to not believe in their potential. As a result, many talented youngsters fall behind. I engaged in discussions with teachers, a few parents, and my personal mentors. I, along with a few of my friends and with the help of my class teacher, designed an initiative called ‘reflective TEENS’. Now, it is an internationally recognized research-oriented creative platform for teenagers to express, incite and incubate their passion and hobby, and develop their personality.
In 5 years, we have reached 30K teenagers from 20+ high schools and represented our activities at 3 different countries.