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/
Mikaila is a 13-year-old student from Austin, TX. She is the founder and owner of BeeSweet Lemonade. BeeSweet Lemonade is an award-winning natural lemonade with flaxseed and sweetened with honey. Mikaila sold her award-winning lemonade from her lemonade stand for four years before being picked up by America’s healthiest grocery store – Whole Foods Market.
It all started when Mikaila was stung multiple times by bees as a four-year-old. Instead of being afraid of them, her parents encouraged her to do a little research. Mikaila immediately became fascinated with honeybees and their importance to our ecosystem.
She wanted to create a product that would combine her love for great-granny Helen’s flaxseed lemonade recipe and her compassion for the dying honeybee population. Mikaila's father originally considered her venture a valuable learning opportunity and a way to foster positive relationships. But it has turned into a full-time successful family business. Mikaila proudly donates a percentage of her profits to organisations fighting to save bees.
The full story: https://news.microsoft.com/features/preteen-powerhouse-meet-12-year-old-ceo-bee-ambassador-mikaila-ulmer/
Mikaila's website: https://www.meandthebees.com/
Alina is a 9-year-old who, with inspiration from her dad, came up with the idea for a lollipop created from healthy ingredients that is just as good for you as it is to eat. Alina tells us:
"I got the idea when I went to the bank one day with my dad. The teller asked me if I wanted a sucker. My dad always told me that I should not eat candy, because sugar is terrible for your teeth. So on the car ride home I asked my dad if we could make a healthy sucker that was good for your teeth. I kept asking him, and finally we made the first batch.
Both of my parents are very encouraging, and willing to help. They volunteer suggestions on flavors, colors and packaging. My dad is my consultant. I am the idea person. I ask him questions, and he helps me find answers. My mom helps me manage my time and also gives me suggestions about marketing to moms."
The full story: https://tinyurl.com/y8x82d4g
Alina's product is called Zollipops and is now available at major retailers: https://zollipops.com/
Kia'i is an 11-year-old who, with help from her parents, turns surfboards into awesome jewelry. Kia‘i also sells knitted cuffs, hats, and felt flowers, but her resin rings are her biggest success to date. The unique, upcycled rings are made out of leftover resin from her dad’s surfboard shaping. Kia‘i selects the material from her dad’s shop, he helps shape them, and together they sand them down until Kia‘i is satisfied.
Kia‘i’s parents, artist Sally Lundburg and surfboard shaper Keith Tallett, encourage their daughter’s creative process and self-sufficient spirit. Kia‘i has learned how to price her products, how to ship them to her customers on a time schedule, how to find inspiration from other sources and how to incorporate and work on new ideas for her business while balancing her school work.
The full story: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/03/kiai-tallett-pixsea_n_6583390.html
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