While most kids are looking forward to relaxing for a week during Spring Break, Jelani (Lani) Jones is thinking about how to grow her business.
As founder of Lani Boo Bath, a line that specializes in bath bombs and handcrafted moisturizing soaps, Lani is learning a thing or two about entrepreneurship. The Virginia native learned how to make bath bombs — a tightly packed mixture of ingredients that fizzes and expels various scents and oils when wet — in school. Lani had so much fun with the project that she went home to experiment on her own.
With the help of her parents, Lani purchased the ingredients needed to create the bath bombs and turned the family kitchen into her laboratory. After perfecting the blends to her satisfaction, Lani started by selling her products to friends, family and church members before establishing Etsy and Facebook pages.
When asked who supported her when creating/building her business, Lani tells us:
"I call my support team my village. My village is made up of my parents, siblings, grandparents, great grandmother, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, social media and my community. I also had a mentor that showed me how to make the products that I always inquired about. She also gave me great tips on running a business."
Lani's parents both balance busy lifestyles, but they are there for her as she embarks on her entrepreneurial journey. Her dad is an attorney and her mother is a psychotherapist with a private practice in Fredericksburg. They're both supportive of Lani's venture.
Go Lani! We're all rooting for you!
She talked about why she pushed for the walkout and said that there's a disproportionate number of black female victims of gun violence in the United States.
Wadler had the protest last 18 minutes instead of 17 minutes like those at other schools were doing for the 17 victims of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida. The extra minute was in honor of a black girl who was shot dead at her high school in Alabama. Wadler was initially worried that discussing black female victims would be considered "off topic", but felt comfortable after finding out about "other students from all over would speak from their experiences". The speech became viral, trending worldwide on Twitter, and was praised by black actresses.
When asked if she considers herself an activist, Naomi tells us:
"Well, I haven’t really thought about it. I feel like I’m just standing up for what’s right. I’m not really, like, “Ah, I’m an activist!"
P.I.N.K. Backpack is so proud of Naomi (and her parents) for pushing forward to make her voice heard. Whether Naomi knows it or not, she's making a difference.
Candles made from coconut and soy wax didn’t affect him, and Rose was his willing assistant.
On production days, she pours about 100 candles, making three or four of the 15 scents she offers. So far, Rose has sold about 1,500 candles at trunk shows, pop-up markets, and at roseandcocandles.com.
Rose & Co. Candlemakers makes natural soy wax, cotton wick, dye-free candles. Their annual scents include Rose, Lemon Verbena, and Vanilla Macadamia Nut Coffee, and they add seasonal scents throughout the year. Natural ingredients set her product apart from other candles.
When asked what motivates her now, Rose tells us:
“Business is a girls’ game. I hope we can build a bigger business. Not just for making money, but more for the enjoyment of our customers. I hope that more people enjoy our candles and that they make more people happy and healthy.”
The perfect girlpreneur spirit!
On October 30, 2017, Chef Simone was featured on Steve Harvey’s talk show. She shared her recipe for success and the two of them emerged in laughter as she showed him how to make her famous Snicker Brownies.
When asked how she began whipping up tasty treats, Simone tells us:
"I started by baking with my grandma, Phyllis Williams-Harris when I was 3 years old. She’s a baker and she would always let me lick the spoons when she baked cakes. Later, I started helping her bake by measuring ingredients and stirring the batter.
When I was five, my parents bought me an Easy Bake oven for Christmas and then I baked treats for my cousins. I was added my own special ingredients to their mixes to make the dishes my own. With more baking sessions taught by my grandma, my skills increased. At age 11, I told my parents that I wanted my own bakery for Christmas. Voila! Now, I have my own store, called Goddess Food Factory. I sell all kinds of desserts and educational baking kits. We sell chef merchandise too, like aprons, chef hats, t-shirts, mittens, and more."
That Easy Bake oven is a gift Simone's parents won't soon forget!
Two years after she created CoderBunnyz, Samaira launched CoderMindz, which she calls the "world's first-ever artificial intelligence board game." Companies like Walmart and Facebook have partnered with her to donate the titles to libraries and schools around the world. The young Mehta is also the founder of Yes, 1 Billion Kids Can Code, an initiative that aims to get one billion kids into coding by the time she graduates college.
When asked who her role models are, Samaira tells us:
"My parents have obviously helped me so much. But there are two specific people who stood out to me: Grace Hopper and Ada Lovelace. Ada Lovelace was the creator of computer programming in a way, and she was a woman. If girls could do something that great back then, they can do something that great now. And Grace Hopper is truly an inspiration. It's so inspiring how no matter what the limits or boundaries were, she pushed them, and she worked hard toward achieving what she truly wanted."
Samaira's motto is 'dreams only work if you do.'
Wise words from a rising girlpreneur and her parents!
Marley Dias is 13-years-old. She started and manages a movement called #1000BlackGirlBooks. When she first launched her campaign in 2015, her goal was simple: collect and donate 1,000 books that feature black girls as the main character.
After conducting her own research, Marley realized just how few books had black girls or girls of color as their lead character, and how she might not be the only person frustrated by the lack of representation in children's books. She tells us:
“I had a lot of choices about how I was going to address the problem. Option 1: focus on me, get myself more books; have my dad take me to Barnes and Noble and just be done, live my perfect life in suburban New Jersey. Option 2: find some authors, beg them to write more black girl books so I’d have some of my own, special editions, treat myself a bit," she said. "Or, option 3: start a campaign that collect books with black girls as the main characters, donate them to communities, develop a resource guide to find those books, talk to educators and legislators about how to increase the pipeline of diverse books, and lastly, write my own book, so that I can see black girl books collected and I can see my story reflected in the books I have to read."
Dias, of course, went with option 3, and her effort is much needed in the world of children's literature. Today, Dias has accumulated more than 9,000 books and has landed a book deal of her own.
The full story: Marley Dias: 13-year-old activist and author
2018 video update: Teen activist Marley Dias on her new mission for racial harmony
Mercer Henderson is now 15 years old. At 13, making what she calls “soundmojis” was something she did all the time. After finding her emoji of choice, she would attach sound clips in her text messages. One day a light bulb went off! She decided, why not put the two together and make an app?! The app features over 50 emojis with fun soundbites. She called her product Audiots.
Mercer’s favorite part of being a kidpreneur:
“The most fun part for me is the emails I get from people telling me they like the app! One girl told me it is the only app she has ever downloaded! I try to email everyone back after I do my homework and stuff. Also, being on TV was fun.”
To take Audiots from concept to reality, Mercer Henderson got a leg-up from her mother, Lisa, a product marketing exec at Salesforce. Her uncle, a LucasArts sound engineer, also pitched in on sound-mixing. Not a bad startup support team, right?
The full story: https://justaskmarlene.com/blog/girl-action-spotlight-mercer-henderson/
Mercer's website: https://www.4girlstech.com/
Anna Du is 12-years-old. She invented an underwater robotic device to combat microplastics (tiny plastic particles) in the world's oceans. Her invention is getting national recognition from technology companies. Anna is hoping that her invention will take her from testing her device in her parent's backyard pool to the world's oceans.
Anna tells us:
"One day when I was at Boston Harbor, I noticed there was a lot of plastics on the sand, I tried picking some up, but there seemed to be so many more, and it just seemed impossible to clean it all up,"
To help, Du created an underwater ROV, or remotely operated vehicle, that uses infrared to detect microplastics in the ocean.
The full story: https://www.treehugger.com/plastic/genius-6th-grader-invents-device-hunts-harmful-microplastics-ocean.html
Anna's video: https://youtu.be/_DRW_qqB3lY
Hannah Pucci had the idea for a new way of packaging ice cream when she was 11-years-old. A sixth-grader at the time, she was in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) program at Rogers Park Middle School in Danbury, Connecticut. The class required her to come up with an invention and pitch it at the Connecticut Invention Convention. Her teacher encouraged the students to think of a problem, then think of an invention that could serve as a solution to that problem.
At first, Hannah was stuck to come up with an idea. Then, she saw her mother struggling to scoop ice cream into a cone and thought it would be easier to just pull out a preformed portion of ice cream and pop it into a cone. Voila! The concept for Egghead Ice Cream was born - individual egg-shaped ice cream scoops packed in an egg carton. This method avoids the hassle of scooping ice cream, offers multiple flavor varieties in one carton, and provides portion control.
The full story: https://bit.ly/2tWkqwH
2018 progress: https://youtu.be/0hAM08pd82c
Zoe Terry is the 11-year-old CEO and founder of Zoe’s Dolls, a non-profit organization she started when she was just five years old. As a young girl Zoe was teased by her classmates because her skin was so dark. Instead of feeling sorry for herself, she created a line of dolls that she gives away to other little brown girls to help them feel included.
Now a sixth-grader at the same school where she was initially bullied, Zoe is thriving and tells us:
"I really wanted to find a way where I can let little brown girls know that their image is beautiful no matter what anyone else says. And I thought, 'Dolls in their image would be a great way to show them that. I think its important that everyone gets a doll that looks like them.'"
The full story: https://abcnews.go.com/GMA/Living/bullied-11-year-girl-now-inspires-girls-love/story?id=53127539
Zoe's website: https://zoesdolls.com/
Girls with smart ideas need to be recognized and celebrated! This blog shines a P.I.N.K. spotlight on girl inventors and activists who are making their voice heard thanks to inspiration and/or guidance from their parent(s). The goal is to inspire more girls and more parents!
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