20 under 40: Nahom Abegaze
Occupation: Children's program coordinator at CHUM’s Steve O’Neil Apartments
What do you actually do? Co-create/design, implement and evaluate programs for families and children who have experienced chronic or long-term homelessness
Years in your job: Less than one
Education: Bachelor’s degrees in communication and philosophy
Family: Mom and dad, older and younger sisters, and a younger brother
Community involvement: CHUM, East Hillside Patch, Duluth Community Garden Program, PermaDuluth, University of Minnesota Duluth and more
What do you like most about the Northland: The weather is humbling.
Describe your favorite place in the Twin Ports: Rock Knob in Hartley Park
What keeps you in the Twin Ports: The fresh air and fresh water
What do you like to do with your free time? Experience myself in all the glory and magnificence of Duluth.
How can the Northland retain younger people? Be open to new possibilities. Create meaningful opportunities. Practice authenticity.
How have social and business networking sites changed your life? They have afforded me opportunities to connect with others whom I would have otherwise never met.
Who has been the most influential person in your life? Probably my mother
What is your biggest accomplishment? Getting up every day
What are you most passionate about? Self-knowledge
What goals have you set for the next 5-10 years? I'm not much of a goal setter. I am.