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20 under 40: Nahom Abegaze

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Age: 24

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.