Despite an unrelentingly busy year, he achieved the elusive work-life balance and has been able to denote more time to his family.
The only way to get your head around what The Youth Company does is to disregard its name. It's not a company at all; it's a movement and it has been since it started four years ago. But this year things at TYC took a rather interesting turn. “It's becoming more of an umbrella organisation,” Mohamed Farid says. “2014 has been about diversification, with the launch of 7ayak Hub, 7asanat Olympics and Karak Time, and the hosting of two brand new events - Talk Dirty, to coincide with the World Environment Day and the first-ever Arab Hip Hop Festival.” As a result they have seen some of the highest levels of youth engagement this year and the backing of many more partners, sponsors and supporters, he says. Farid's focus is now on “solidifying all these diversifications and establishing their own individual style, brand and direction”.
“We are starting to gather the fruits of what we invested in and developed since 2010, becoming a one-stop shop for youth empowerment and development.”
And with so many young people now active in so many different sectors from environment to entrepreneurship, Farid wanted to highlight their stories to get more people to start contributing to the Qatar National Vision. And that's how Karak Time was born. “We felt that if we are not able to maintain a recording of the growth and development the country is going through to try and inspire the next generation, this won't be sustainable.”
We expect it is pretty difficult to be able to talk about what you want for the year ahead when you are actually looking far into the future. “The Youth Company has always been a long-term project, because we are investing and nurturing people as young as 14,” he says. None of is what they do are expected to yield immediate results.
The Arab Hip Hop festival, for example, is going to be an important platform in the region to develop talent in that genre of music, but the first international hit from the region is probably many years and chain reactions away. For Farid, the wait is worth it. “Young people are so dynamic, innovative and ready for change and working with them is rewarding in itself.”