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Jenk is a 17- year-old social entrepreneur, public speaker, social change activist, and DJ as well as the Founder & CEO of Thred Media, a social enterprise focused on Publishing, Consulting and Production aimed at Generation Z.

The central tenet of the business is the 100% social change focused website Thred where the writing team covers all aspects of youth culture seen through the lens of social change. It reaches teens and young adults in 190+ countries a month and has won several awards including Next Gen  Media Company 2021, Vodafone Small Business Award, four W3 Awards, an International Davey Award, and an Amazon AWS Activator Award.

Jenk has been featured in 300+ articles including Forbes, Business Insider, Oracle for Startups and Great British Entrepreneur Society as well as having won several awards including the Diana Award Honour Role 2021, Digiday Future Leader Award, Webby-Anthem Young Leader Award, Top 100 Digital Leaders 2021, Great British Entrepreneur Awards- Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award Finalist, Start-Up Awards- Young Entrepreneur of The Year, Rise Scholarship Foundation Finalist, ‘Progress 1000: Most Influential Person- Science and Tech’ from The Evening Standard, the ‘Tech London Advocates:  25 under 25’ award, PMI 50 Future Leaders and he was voted ‘Top 20 Young Entrepreneurs To Watch’ by Start-Up magazine. Jenk received a column in London’s Time Out magazine entitled ‘Ask Jenk’, enabling young people to write in and ask questions on all things Gen Z.

On the speaking circuit, Jenk enjoys talking about the future of Generation Z, Young Entrepreneurship, Social Change and Youth Employment with the hope of helping other young people develop their impactful ideas.  He has spoken at more than 85 conferences including three TEDx Talks entitled ‘Ideas Ink.’; ‘Breaking the Pattern’ and ‘Can a ‘Like’ change the world- the power of clicktivism’ as well as having spoken at 7 Model United Nation conferences including Oxford University: Model United Nations Conference- London. Others include Vox YMS NYC Marketing Conference- New York City; Knowledge Summit- Expo Dubai; Oxford Global: Summit For Young Leaders- Athens & London; Amazon AWS Summit- London; SES Student Employability Summit- London, NACUE Enterprise Conference and SME Beyond Borders Conference- Dubai. 

Jenk is a member of the Google Z-Council, Oracle for Startups, Microsoft Surface young entrepreneur team and The Knowledge Society (TKS). He is currently taking part in two fellowships: Civics Unplugged and Preparing Global Leaders Forum – PGLF by Sam Potolicchio, US.

He also sits on the Marketing Board for Founders4Schools, WorkFinder App, UpNext Education, BeMe Health and Prospect 100 as well as being an Ambassador for Global Citizen (poverty/climate), Climate Science (climate), Earth Day (climate), Force of Nature (climate), Youthtopia (climate), Bite Back 2030 (school food programs), Youthify (climate), Youth Climate Database (climate), Ivy House (education), Let’s Localise (education), BeMe Health (mental health), SoundMind (mental health), and The Song Academy (youth empowerment). 

Jenk has been seen in West End theatre, TV, commercials, music videos, short films, voice-overs and several commercial print campaigns. Jenk’s hobbies include piano, gaming, rowing and rugby.

Further information can be found at www.jenkoz.com 


Awards

Anthem Award- Diversity, Equity and Inclusion- Young Leader of The Year, Webby Award family
Digiday- Future Leader Award- Publishing, finalist
Vodafone Small Business Award
Digital Leaders- Top 100 Digital Leaders Award, Young Entrepreneur
Great British Entrepreneur Award- Young Entrepreneur of the Year, finalist
Start-Up Awards, National Series, Young Entrepreneur
The Diana Award Honour Roll
Top 20 Next-Gen Media Companies, Vida Media
The Unify Award, The Conversationalist
Top 20 Young Entrepreneurs to Watch, StartUps Magazine
25 Under 25 Award, Future Minds Network
PMI Future 50 Leaders Award
TechRound 29 Under 29 Young Entrepreneurs
Progress 100: Most Influential Person Science & Technology
Amazon AWS Activate Award
Davey Award, best website
W3 Awards- 4x winner- best teen, youth, event website
Rise Scholarship Foundation, finalist
Kidscreen Award, finalist


Board/Ambassador/Partnership

Jenk likes to focus his time on helping young people achieve their goals and improving their odds of success. With that as a goal, he has concentrated his work on education, social change, employment and entrepreneurship.

Global Citizen
Global Media Partner
As media partners, we interact with Global Citizen on a daily basis, they are a movement of engaged citizens who are using their collective voice to end extreme poverty by 2030. https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/gb/

Earth Day

Global Ambassador and Speaker
EARTHDAY.ORG’s mission is to diversify, educate and activate the environmental movement worldwide. Growing out of the first Earth Day in 1970, EARTHDAY.ORG is the world’s largest recruiter to the environmental movement. https://www.earthday.org/ 

Force of Nature, UK
Media Partner and Ambassador

They empower young people to turn their eco-anxiety into agency and work with leaders across business and education to drive intergenerational solutions. https://www.forceofnature.xyz/

Youthtopia, Global

Circle of Youth Member and Speaker
Our mission at YOUTHTOPIA is to provide space that brings young people together, ignites their passions and grows their skills to become active changemakers. We will achieve this by creating a short and meaningful peer to peer programs off and online. https://youthtopia.world/

Climate Science, US

Media Partner and Ambassador
ClimateScience is a UK-based global charity led by hundreds of driven volunteers from 30 countries and a small team of staff. We aim to make learning engaging, accessible and reliable. ​https://climatescience.org/

Global Youth Climate Database, US

Media Partner and Ambassador
Global Youth Climate Database (GYCD) connects youth climate leaders from all over the world in the fight against climate change. h​ttps://www.climatedatabase.org/about

Anti-Bullying Pro, UK

Media Partner and Supporter
Supported by HRH The Duke of Cambridge, The Diana Award Anti-Bullying Campaign engages young people, parents and teachers to change the attitudes, behaviour and culture of bullying by building skills and confidence to address different situations, both online and offline. https://www.antibullyingpro.com/

Founders4Schools, UK

Member Marketing Advisory Committee and Ambassador
Its mission is to inspire students and prepare them for the rapidly changing world of work. They do this by enabling educators to invite business leaders for encounters with their students. https://www.founders4schools.org.uk/

BiteBack 2030, UK
Ambassador

Bite Back 2030 works toward equal access to affordable and nutritious school meals, but right now, over a million children don’t have that. Bite Back 2030 exists to change that.  https://biteback2030.com/

Up Next Education, Israel

Member Marketing Advisory Committee and Ambassador
Young entrepreneurship focused-know as the TikTok of idea pitching. The first-ever platform that connects teens’ startups & Cryptocurrency
https://www.zupnext.com/

Prospect 100, UK
Member Marketing Advisory Committee & Young Entrepreneurship Captain
Jenk works with the Founders to unearth talented youth from around the world to participate in their competitions and live events that provide opportunities to meet recognised industry leaders. The goal is to provide mentoring and work placements across several industries. https://wwwprospect100.com/

Founders4Schools, UK

Member Marketing Advisory Committee & Ambassador
Visits schools to speak to young people and inspire them to pursue goals and unearth ‘Lost Einsteins’. Its mission is to inspire students and prepare them for the rapidly changing world of work. They do this by enabling educators to invite business leaders for encounters with their students.
https://www.founders4schools.org.uk/

Workfinder App, UK
Member Marketing Advisory Committee
At Workfinder, they inspire youth to find a future they will love, to discover exciting career opportunities and explore the working world on their terms.
https://www.workfinder.com/

Ivy House, UK
Ambassador
Ivy House provides transformational personal and professional development at a time when it is needed most. Their programmes create extraordinary leaders – the kind of leaders people actually want to follow and pioneers who are equipped to lead us all into a better future. https://www.ivyhouse.co.uk/
 
BEME Health, US
Advisory Board & Ambassador

BeMe is a mobile mental health platform — made for and With Teens In Mind™ — to improve teen well-being by bringing together the best aspects of social, gaming and streaming engagement along with human coaching and clinical care. https://beme.com/

SoundMind, US

Ambassador and Speaker
SoundMind is committed to advancing the field of mental health research and connecting that with the latest mental health technologies at the palm of your fingertips.
https://www.soundmind.app/about

UK Youth, UK

Speaker and Youth Supporter
UK Youth is a leading charity with a vision that all young people are equipped to thrive and empowered to contribute at every stage of their lives. https://www.ukyouth.org/

Youthify, US

Media Partner and Ambassador
Youth.ify’s mission is to empower, rather than simply inspire, young people to take impactful action on environmental issues by providing a global platform for young environmentalists to unify through connection, collaboration and support. https://youthifynetwork.wixsite.com/youthify

 

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