By, Elise Polentes, One Hen intern
|Eddy Zhong||Ally Mollo||Hart Main||Leanna Archer|
Kidpreneurs are springing up left and right! Here are a few of the American youth whose socially-minded businesses have made headlines in recent years. Their stories inspire One Hen students to dream big, work hard, and give back!
4 Kidpreneurs Who are Using their Businesses to Help OthersWhen Eddy Zhong was just 16 years old, he developed the Spark, a watch that uses doze detection to prevent narcoleptics from falling asleep. Just a few years later, Zhong’s company has grossed over $70,000! Zhong wants to continue developing and promoting his brand, Blanc, for as long as possible—even if it means balancing his business college degree work while remaining Blanc’s CEO. In addition, the young entrepreneur is using his business to give back to his community – each year he donates to narcolepsy research. In March, Eddy came to speak with kids at One Hen’s social entrepreneurship camp at the British International School of Boston. Some of our campers started following Eddy’s blog and Twitter feed after the camp and some are still emailing him for entrepreneurship advice.
When Ally Mollo was 8 years-old, she started drawing pictures of guardian angels, inspired by her own guardian angel, her grandfather. Over time, Ally decided that she wanted to give other kids the same comfort that comes with knowing someone is watching over you. By the age of 11, Ally had started her own company, Guardian Angel Dolls, and developed a line of dolls called the Guardian Angel Rainbow Division. Ally designs the dolls herself and, with the help of her mom and dad, has prototypes made and real dolls manufactured. Each doll carries a registration code, which allows the customer to choose a charity to which a portion of the doll’s sale will be given. Ally also donates a percentage of her profits to charities that help children, including the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation, Child Find of America, and Children Incorporated.
When Hart Main realized that most candles have scents that appeal more to women, he decided he wanted to create candles with smells that men would like. At just 13, Hart founded Man Cans and began making the company’s candles with scents such as campfire, new car, grandpa’s pipe, sawdust, fresh cut grass, and dirt. Hart’s candles are made from high-quality wax poured into a cleaned out soup can—the contents of which Hart donates to soup kitchens and shelters that feed the needy. Hart enjoys running the business and choosing new scents, all while helping the hungry. One Hen uses Hart Main’s story to inspire our youth to explore entrepreneurship and find creative ways to give back to their communities. Check out his full story on One Hen’s Kids for Kids webpage.
When Leanna Archer was just 9, she founded Leanna’s Hair, Inc., a company that makes all natural hair products from recipes that have been in her family for generations. Now, seven years after starting her business, Leanna is a successful entrepreneur who has also become a motivational speaker for teens. She has been featured in many conferences and high profile news-sources and was the youngest person to ever ring the opening bell to the NASDAQ Stock Market! In 2008, Leanna founded the Leanna Archer Education Foundation to help feed children and build schools in Haiti.
Do you know a kidpreneur who is earning money and helping others? Help us use their story to inspire One Hen’s young learners! Send email@example.com a few sentences about your kidpreneur or become one of One Hen’s a guest bloggers – we’d love to hear from you!
Elise Polentes is a graduating senior at American University in Washington, DC studying French and International Affairs with a focus in US foreign policy. She has worked at the Institute of International Education and studied abroad at L’Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris. Elise’s interests include multicultural education, social sciences, and the arts. – See more at: https://www.onehen.org/blog/?p=94#sthash.kWSVDaZ9.dpu