Independent Youth Teen Entrepreneur Network
By Kasey Dallman, AKOM Writer
Introducing the Independent Youth Teen Entrepreneur Network
Led by their fearless adult mentor Tanya Hamilton, this group of teens is taking over the world! Independent Youth Teen Entrepreneur Network is a non-profit organization that empowers teens to become strong entrepreneurs. How do they do that? IY Teen Entrepreneur Network gives engaging presentations to schools and holds events like Trepstart Day and Exploravision business launch competitions.
Amazing Kids! couldn’t be any more excited to feature these truly amazing kids! We got the chance to catch up with a few of the young entrepreneurs’ themselves! Keep reading to see just who these teens are, how they are making history as teen entrepreneurs, and how you can be next!
Meet Asya Gonzalez, 16-year-old amazing designer
Quote of the Month
“I really had a lot of very positive support and direction from my family.”
-Asya Gonzalez, 16-year-old amazing designer.
Asya Gonzalez has been drawing and designing dresses and shoes since she was only 4-years-old! As she got older, Asya couldn’t imagine doing anything else but design. Her signature doodles were of 1940’s girls with big lashes, lips, and pin-curled hair. She transferred these drawings onto t-shirts, and STINKY FEET GURLZ was born!
One of the best parts about having her own business? “I love knowing that I’m getting hands on training now. I don’t have to wait until college and then intern somewhere to learn about business. I’m doing it right now, and that feels great.” Check out Asya’s shirts at http://www.stinkyfeetgurlz.com/.
Something totally inspiring about STINKY FEET GURLZ is its motto: Buy a shirt, save a child. Asya donates a portion of every shirt to her charity She Is Worth it! Asya’s charity brings preventative education on Child Sex Trafficking to schools across America.
The next goal that Asya is tackling is her own advice column called “Ask Asya.” “I will give advice on fashion, makeup and hair,” she said. “But more than that I will be giving sound advice on more important things in life like sibling, parent, school and relationship issues.”
What Asya is doing is incredible. Keep up the great work!
Meet Brandon Iverson and Jordan Williams, 14-year-old entrepreneurs, public speakers and authors
Quotes of the Month
“It is always a great feeling to know I helped someone else start something positive in their lives.”
-Brandon Iverson, 14-year-old entrepreneur
“It’s great getting to see teens be inspired and motivated to achieve their dreams after seeing our story.”
-Jordan Williams, 14-year-old entrepreneur
Brandon Iverson and Jordan Williams are no strangers to the world of the business. Both of their parents have owned businesses. “I was inspired to do the same things (as my dad) along with my partner, Jordan,” Brandon said.
The two are owners and founders of Making Money For Teens. Their business has a CD series that gives lessons on the basics of stocks, starting your own business, and leadership. The two speak at conferences, schools, and youth groups.
“I want to encourage the readers to learn about entrepreneurs and to start at a young age,” Jordan said. “Entrepreneurship is a great way to use your passion to impact the lives of others. Entrepreneurs have the ability to be work for themselves, be creative, and change the world. You are never too young to be successful and reach your dream.”
“Don’t ever doubt yourself because you think you are young,” Brandon added.
Brandon and Jordan are on the entrepreneur fast track! Learn more at www.makingmoneyforteens.org. We can’t wait to see what the future holds for them!
Meet Hart Main, 16-year-old inventor
Quote of the Month
“If you have an idea, no matter how silly, think about it.”
-Hart Main, 16-year-old inventor
Hart’s business, ManCans, started out as a joke between his sister about scented candles that would appeal to men. “Several people thought it was a good idea, so I went through with it,” Hart said. Scents range from NY Style Pizza to Bacon.
Hart’s candles are made inside recycled soup cans. First, the soup cans are bought by Hart’s business and donated to soup kitchens across the nation! Once the soup has been donated, ManCans cleans the can, removes the label, and makes the candles. So far, Hart has donated over 65,000 soup cans.
“The most rewarding part of my business is knowing that I have fed tens of thousands of people,” Hart said.
Meet Piper Reese, 13-year-old red carpet reporter
Quote of the Month
“I love to talk and learn about people”
-Piper Reese, 13-year-old red carpet reporter
Piper Reese is the youngest accredited professional red carpet reporter in the world! She has interviewed almost every teen star in Hollywood, including Taylor Swift, Anne Hathaway, Selena Gomez, and Victoria Justice. How awesome is that?!
Piper even has her own TV show, Piper’s Picks. “Walt Disney is one of the biggest inspirations for the show,” she says. Of her show, she says it is a family business. Her dad is the expert on everything to do with pop culture, social networking, and video. Her mom helps with the people Piper doesn’t know, and is great with hair and makeup. And Piper’s brother Parker is known to make a few appearances on the show.
The best part about Piper’s line of work? “Smiles,” she says. “It’s hard to explain what it feels like when kids write to tell us that the shows have helped them get through some really difficult issues, such as medical or family trouble.”
Visit http://www.piperspicks.tv/ to learn more!
Meet Remmi Smith, 13-year-old chef
Quote of the Month
“I really don’t think you need to wait until you are a grownup to go after your dreams!”
-Remmi Smith, 13-year-old chef
At the young age of 13, Remmi Smith has her own cooking series “Cook Time with Remmi.” She started the series after learning about the childhood obesity epidemic. “I wanted to creatively link the skill of cooking to improve nutrition,” she said. “I wanted to teach kids how to cook the foods that are healthy for them, and more importantly get them excited about cooking and having fun in the kitchen.”
Within a month of starting her series, a cable channel picked up Remmi’s show. In addition, she is a Student Ambassador for Health and Wellness for Sodexo, and her salad dressing is sold at Whole Foods Market Store. Remmi even published her own cookbook!
You are doing an awesome job Remmi! Keep up the amazing work.
Now it’s your turn!
Do you have a business idea that you would like to try out? Run with it, and maybe you will be the next member of the Independent Youth Teen Entrepreneur Network!
Learn more at http://independentyouth.org.