Three years since its creation, Affinity Magazine has far exceeded everyone’s expectations. The teen magazine has millions of page views, over 400 writers, more than 50,000 Twitter follows, and no advertisers.
In 2013, 16-year-old Evelyn Atieno was fed up with the teen mag scene so she launched Affinity, “a social justice-focused website and print magazine written and run entirely by teens,” reports Sarah Hagi. “Affinity works to spotlight teen voices about current events. We find that the media sometimes forgets the voices of teens on many topics! So we are here to give them a voice,” it’s website reads.
“Affinity is a positive thing; it’s giving teenagers opportunities. And while not everything we publish is what people like, teens are getting to say what they want to say,” Atieno told Broadly.
Atieno spoke with Broadly’s Sarah Hagi about the demands of running Affinity while studying at college, some of the challenges of competing with larger and better-funded publications and her plans for the magazine’s future once she graduates.