Jelena is a professor of Spanish language & journalist from Belgrade Serbia. She truly believes that life is too short for bad people, bad thoughts and bad coffee. She keeps trying to make the world a better place by writing about true values, inspiring people and their activities. Jelena is an eternal optimist and an energy wizard.
The most prominent abaya designer in the UAE, and also an entrepreneur, HE Sara Al Madani (31) spoke with us about life, careers, motivation, and businesswomen in the Emirates. She had just come back from America, where she launched a new company, in addition to three other businesses she runs in the UAE. The impression is that she doesn’t want to be remembered as the designer who made an abaya for Madonna, but for many other far more important achievements: she entered the world of fashion at the age of 15 and today is the youngest board memeber at the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce & Industry. The ruler of Sharjah, Sheikh Sultan Al Qasimi, has honoured her with the title Her Excellency. Al Madani works almost 24/7 and did this interview in the middle of the night. When asked how she manages to find the right balance in life, she said: Balance is a beautiful myth that doesn't exist, you create your own balance, and you adapt to it.
Young Lazar Jovanovic (25), a student at the University of Technical Sciences, had a hazelnut farm... This story could begin just like this, but makes no sense at all without adding the fact that Lazar’s farm was not in the same city where he lived. So he decided to invent a system that could water his precious hazelnuts remotely. It took him more than two years to research, develop, and test something that was just an idea, and it would not have been possible without a friend who was a programmer. Today, he is the owner of the Smart Watering Company, which helps farmers to irrigate their farms using only a text message! Read how he did it in an interview for Youth Time magazine.
Hipsters, Iraq and fashion in the same line? Yes, it sounds like impossible puzzle, but it’s more than real. Within just few months of establishment, they went viral all around the web and were asked for interviews from local media to the BBC World News. Three young and educated Iraqui Kurds have decided to join their love for fashion and higher purposes, so they founded the first Gentlemen’s Fashion Club with the aim to show the world Iraq the world knows nothing about. Today, 30 gentlemen are fighting for women’s rights, for stronger economy and local production and better life, in general, using style as a way to express. Founders of Mr.Erbil, Mr.Goran Pshtiwan (26), Mr.Omer Nihad (28) and Mr.Ahmed Nawzad (27) in exclusive interview for the Youth Time magazine.
Mira Khatib, a published author, award winning poet and activist for women rights took it a step further in helping others. She co-founded an initiative for women empowerment, called Arab Woman Platform. As it’s Editor-in-Chief she and her team help women globally to live better and achieve their goals. Working on this platform Mira had the chance to witness numerous people’s struggles and realized she never wants to stop giving support. By providing premium content and offering leading edge advice, platform immensely improved lives of many. Mira keeps up doing good deeds through her life coaching services claiming that only knowledge and self development can give us better future.
Saša Aleksič (24) is a graphic designer who is currently working for a company that makes video games for mobile phones and tablets. Still, when he comes home, he turns from a computer nerd into a cake wizard! Don't think this title is an exaggeration, because what you are about to discover is more than magical. His cakes and cookies are becoming more and more recognized, because Saša decided to replicate the world's most famous pieces of art on his desserts. He made his first cake with his aunt. The hardest one was the Gustav Klimt cake, which took him two days to paint and was half a meter high. When asked about how people react when they see what he does, he says: They often think these cakes are too pretty and refuse to take the first bite.
It is the 21st century, and there are still some certain countries in the world where it is hard to be a woman. Child marriages, violence, a lack of female schools, tribal prejudices which hold that education is not for women are everyday realities. In such surroundings, Wadia Samadi (28) grasped her chance to earn an academic degree in Economics when international organizations were available to help out. She also did the unimaginable: she became a journalist and a businesswoman. She still goes to meetings with an escort, because many associates refuse to negotiate or meet with her otherwise. Dealing with such moments, she continues her subtle fight to change people's minds about opportunities for women in business and in other phases of life. We interview the first female owner of a financial website in Afghanistan in an eye-opening story for the Youth Time magazine.
Have you ever heard of someone who designs the interiors of airplanes? If the answer is no, you are reading the right article. She won so many awards that is impossible to put them in a paragraph, and she keeps moving the boundaries of modern architecture and interior design. Svetlana Mojic (34), architect and interior designer, is one of the rare experts in Europe who is specialized in boat and airplane furnishing. Her innovative catamaran solution brought her the first award of Creative Business Cup Serbia last year. And she had already become widely recognized after receiving The International Yacht & Aviation Award 2014, for the best interior design of a private jet, a Boeing 787 VIP Dreamliner. Her high-end ideas include floating hotels and yachts that change their interiors according to the surroundings. Today, Svetlana is the proud owner of her own studio, and she uses every chance to travel the world searching for inspiration that will bring her to new, timeless solutions.
Husband and wife Milica and Milivoje, both marketing and brand management experts, lost their jobs on the same day, after working in the corporate world for many years. When it happened, they were the parents of two kids, expecting the third one. For many people, these circumstances would be devastating, but for this unique couple it was a sign that it was about time to start their own business, one they had been thinking about long before losing their jobs. So – their oven became their office, aprons their business suits, and members of the family their main assistants. They started making homemade oat cookies they called Andjeli (Angels). Beginning modestly with door-to-door deliveries, they developed their business into a serious Serbian brand that produces 30 tons of cookies each year! Milica and Milivoje are sharing their special story with readers of YT Magazine.
It is not easy to raise a child with special needs, and many families all around the world are facing this issue. Based on what she experienced while volunteering in the special needs community while still a high school student, Julie Averbach (18) from New Jersey, noticed a lack of innovative resources to support the siblings of special needs children. So, this is what she did: with the help of a few artists, she created a witty comic book that helps brothers and sisters of kids with special needs to deal with every day challenges more easily. This project has brought her the Gold Award of GSUSA, and she has become one of only ten girls in the USA named a 2016 National Young Woman of Distinction. Today her comic books are used in schools and health institutions all around the USA, Canada, Brazil, England, and Australia.
It is hard to believe there are still many fatal, not sufficiently explored diseases in the 21st century. One of them, Ebola, took more than 11.000 lives during a three-year-long outbreak in West Africa. In order to increase the public’s awareness of this issue and help students to understand more about how Ebola is diagnosed and treated, Sadhana Anantha, only 19, has designed a simulation of the diagnostic test for this illness. The way she did it and the feedback afterwards brought her the title of 2016 National Young Woman of Distinction by the Girl Scouts of the USA. This is her story.