October 11, 2020 / Source: The Bizz USA
By Haarika Kalahasti; Edited by Adya Kumar
Although COVID-19 has negatively impacted many small businesses, individuals have begun to step up to promote change. Another organization that emerged during this pandemic is Youth Counselling.
Youth Counselling is a youth-led organization that empowers teens and young adults on activism and mental health. It aims to promote resources on their Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook and provide various mentorships for teens. The organization was started by 15-year-old Alina Ahamed from Hong Kong, who would often serve as an advisor and mentor to her friends. Her friends would instantly feel better being around her graceful presence.
Ahamed knows that many others value mental health and activism as much as she does, so she started Youth Counselling in August of 2020 to meet like-minded individuals and raise awareness on mental health and positivity. Targeting teens worldwide, Alina says, “I believe that Gen Z is crucial for the future of the world. Their voices should be heard, and they should promote activism. I hope to do that through Youth Counselling. “
Youth Counselling aims to fulfill its mission by promoting resources, posting infographics, having mentorship, and having a bi-monthly newsletter. Through Instagram, Youth Counselling provides several infographics, which The Instagram Infographics that Youth Counseling provides is an excellent way for teens (who sometimes have a tendency to be more active on social media than the news) to keep updated with things circulating in the world. Rather than boring their target audience, they cater to their audience’s needs and wants in order to make influence and increase engagement. If the teen wants to learn more, they can check out the organization’s impact resources pack, linked on their Instagram. It includes a comprehensive list of petitions, donations, links, and more!
Although the mentorship program is not out yet, Youth Counselling plans to open it soon. As of now, they have provided academic counseling, but Alina notes that they are open to all types of counseling-- she wants Youth Counselling to serve as a “support system for teens and young adults”. Another feature of Youth Counselling is its bi-monthly virtual newsletters. These encompass a recap of the previous two months and cover global issues, including petitions, mental health information, and material pertaining to teens. The newsletters are very easy to read and aesthetically pleasing to grasp their audience’s attention.
If you want to be a part of this amazing organization, applications for general membership are opening in the near future. Consider applying if you are interested in activism, mentorship, or are an advocate of spreading positivity!
It’s truly inspiring to see the younger generation step up and use entrepreneurship to change the world for the better! Alina’s advice to aspiring business owners and young entrepreneurs is to “stick to your mission and what you really love to do! Just go with it! Never be afraid to do anything. You can always seek help to do so. There are people out there who do things single handedly and don’t even have any support. I would encourage them to try to do it by themselves and gain valuable experiences. Then, create a team that will be your best friends and supporters during your entrepreneurship journey.” This advice is essential and key to gaining life experiences and taking risks in your business.
Alina hopes to continue spreading positivity with Youth Counseling as long as she can. “I plan to continue Youth Counselling until I live on this planet. It’s just the start of this organization, and I know it can impact a lot of peoples’ lives. I think it’s important, and I hope that it will keep up,” she says optimistically. This positive spirit is definitely what the world needs right now! Innovation, commitment, and generosity are the keys to success in the future generation, so it’s truly gratifying to see young global leaders, like Alina Ahamed, take charge!