It was Summer 2012 and I was talking to a friend (who also happens to be a journalist) over coffee about his story of juvenile offenders and interviews with a group of volunteer lawyers who were working on their cases. We talked about the great deal of adolescents whose lives were in jeopardy due to the lack of awareness of their rights and the legal consequences of their behaviour. There were countless stories of young people involved in relatively harmless street brawls, or lashing out unexpectedly because of an emotional reaction, whose lives would be profoundly changed because of such behaviour. Every year, this lack of knowledge and awareness leads to hundreds of young lives being wasted behind bars.
That conversation sparked the idea of creating online training courses that addressed basic yet essential social skills for young people who otherwise may not have access or exposure to such skill. The initial result was a simple, interactive online mini-course on anger management. More than 2000 young people downloaded the mini-course, which received a great deal of positive feedback from the teenager users. With the success of the mini-course, a few months later I had the idea to develop social impact games for Farsi speaking young people. It took almost a year for this dream to come to fruition, but finally Edutainment for Youth came to life and the journey began.