American University of Central Asia - AUCA - Teenagers In Free Enterprise (TIFE)

Teenagers In Free Enterprise (TIFE)


Initial situation / problem statement

About 700, 000 Kyrgyzstan citizens are labor migrants abroad.
Seven percent of Kyrgyzstan’s population is unemployed.
Every fourth person is considered to be on the poverty level and has problems with access to professional education.
The inability of recent university graduates to apply theoretical knowledge in practice is cited as the main reason for unemployment.
Teenagers In Free Enterprise (TIFE) was created to help high school students learn more about business using real-life case studies and mentorship. This online project involves participants from different cities, regions, and even countries, and helps children to create a network with educational purposes that underscores practical business skills. Students practice skills and earn real money while learning about the potential university and professional opportunities.


Goal Statement

To use a website where high school students will be able to learn business and leadership using case study and project-based methods
To conduct an online business education program and small projects competition.



To provide practical business skills and mentorship in an online platform.


Target group

High school students ages 15-18. The project has involved 580 participants from five countries: Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Russia, Ukraine covering 43 cities and villages.


Partnerships and cooperation

American University in Central Asia provides building space and scholarships for TIFE project winners.
American University of Central Asia IT office provides certificates for training and winners.
Local and international media partners share information about the project with a wider audience outside of Kyrgyzstan.
Youth organizations and youth opinion-makers for TIFE.


Contact information

Arina Aparina -,

American University of Central Asia
7/6 Aaly Tokombaev Street
Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic 720060

Tel.: +996 (312) 915000 + Еxt.
Fax: +996 (312) 915 028
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