Emmkan celebrated their 5 years of impact on youth’s social life and emotional intelligence at the American University in Cairo (AUC) on the 20th of July. The AUC Graduate School of Education collaborated with Emmkan to support their vision on education. The event spread the heart-warming, passionate and judgment-free spirit that drove Emmkan for the past 5 years. The invitation was sent by Emmkan’s team to highschoolers, parents, school principles, educators, and everyone who took part of Emmkan’s journey.
They started the day at 12 PM by doing what they do best: a workshop for high-schoolers. The workshop had a simple and emotional message focusing on empathy.
Emmkan’s team, whose ages range from high school and university students to graduates, gave the workshop an energetic and fresh vibe. The workshop chose songs and described the emotions behind them, and then had a one-on-one conversational activity. Randomly chosen pairs talked to one another about their deepest regrets. These activities made them go through a deep emotional ride.
This was just a small example of how Emmkan was able to connect with their students and make them feel at home. Every student and team member had this similar thought to share: “Emmkan feels like a second home that I never want to leave.”
The celebration started at 4 PM with a speech from Emmkan’s founder, Ahmed Sameh. His speech was filled with love for his employees and anyone who participated in Emmkan throughout those 5 years. Sameh hopes to help more youth throughout their journeys in the next few years, and dedicates his success to his late father who inspired him throughout Emmkan’s journey.
Afterwards, discussion panels were held. AUC’s Graduate School of Education’s associates tackled the importance of students’ mental health, and their social and emotional skills throughout their education.
Hidden gems were revealed at this celebration as well; apparently most of Emmkan’s community happens to be talented. Performances were held throughout the day, featuring an excellent guitarist and various singers from the team. They performed sweet covers, had emotional poetry readings, and acted out a play that showed exquisite acting skills.
Our founder, Mariem el tagoury, was happy to give a short talk about CairoContra during the event. She talked about CairoContra’s support for young talents through its workshops and internships. Cairocontra and Emmkan are two entities that have a lot in common, they both believe in the youth’s potential. The also support them by offering them a chance to develop themselves.
We wish Emmkan a Happy Anniversary and many joyful celebrations to come. Make sure to check out our full interview with the founder, Ahmed Sameh, so you can get more details about Emmkan and how it all started.