Growing a business
Princess is 18-years-old from Gbien Fela, Liberia. In this video, Princess talks about her experience working at LAUNCH, and expanding her own store sometime in the future. She writes, "From LAUNCH, I learned about risk, promoting my store, selling to others, saving and reinvesting my profits. My dream is to continue to grow my business so I become the owner of a large store."
Developing successful business skills
Carvin is 23-years-old from Loyee, Liberia. In this video, he talks about the benefits of joining a youth development program, and the changes he's seen in his community. He writes, "My dream for the future is to make progress in life. I felt blind to business but benefited from the LAUNCH training and now sell gasoline, rice and I am starting to trade rubber. I am also the chairperson of a youth group because as youth, we are the future generation that comes after our fathers so we need to be trained and equipped to prepare ourselves for development.”
Learning to be independent and successful
Naomi is 23-years-old from Totota, Liberia. In this video, she talks about her dream to be an independent, successful businesswoman. She writes, "I learned how to do business from the LAUNCH program and my dream is to be business women so I
don’t have to rely on anyone else to achieve my dreams in life."
Youth programs teach necessary skills in Liberia
Michael is one of the youth coordinators at LAUNCH, an agricultural-based business program that teaches youth in Liberia how to create a sustainable means of income. Run through Making Cents International, LAUNCH encourages youth development through business initiatives. In this video, Michael talks about his two children, and the importance of investing in future generations.
Chad McClain is 19-years old and an assistant youth coordinator at YouthGROW in Worcester, MA. Last year, McClain had to tackle a number of financial burdens, and was working 2 jobs, 50 hours a week, to try and bridge the gap. McClain is also an english major in college, and the long work hours took a toll on his grades. He ended up losing his financial aid. "You never know when life is going to hit you with something," he said. "To me, I thought it would never happen and I would get it back immediately." YouthGROW was able to help, teaching McClain how to budget and come up with a game plan. McClain wants to start a fashion magazine at school, and work on his writing.
Music and cinematography from former Liberian refugee
Ralph Weah is 19-years old from Worcester, MA. When he was young, his family moved to the U.S. to flee civil war in Liberia. Weah lived in a refugee camp in Buduburam for 8 years of his life before resettling in the United States, but his passion for cinematography and music led him to create his company SteadyWave Productions. He's also working with YouthGROW, a youth employment program in Worcester. “It’s terrible when people say we’re looking for a certain age or demographic, but we want you to have experience,” Weah said. “I think there should be a focus on giving youth a chance when they apply for those jobs, and not letting age be a big factor. It doesn’t always correlate with experience and maturity.“
My unemployed youth journey
After still struggling to get a convenient job in terms of transport and good salary to manage my monthly expenses. I get jobs miles away from where I reside with a minimum salary, of which 75% goes straight to transport, but because I am desperate I try hard to make it work in a way that it landed me in debt and not being able to pay my debt. During my job hunting journey I went through hardship. Most companies interview process is very long, I had to attend interviews 3 times before they select the candidate they prefer, and that was a challenge because I had to hustle for money to travel up n down and end up not getting the job. I encountered most of my challenges during interview: if I don't get lost along the way, I get wet by the rain, my clothing just tore apart either in a taxi or just along the street, when I am busy reading street names trying to follow directions I end up falling down and after that I feel like crying but then I stand up dust myself and laugh about it to please my heart however being resilience has boost me to continuing being persistent no matter obstacles and challenges I faced.
My dream job is to be administrator, helping any company function very well and smooth so that it remain stable and continues to grow, while I continue to studying to acquire a relevant qualification. When I get my dream job, I will hold on to it, be faithful to it, be reliable and produce beyond my expected ability. Knowing what I went through.
Love my #DreamJob
When I started my website TeensGotCents.com at 16 I had no idea that my school project would become my full time job by the time I was 19. My passion is personal finance and teen entrepreneurship and I get to work with teen business owners almost every single day!
I believe that teen entrepreneurship is a real answer to the difficult problem of teen unemployment which is why I want to host a conference for teen business owners this summer. It isn't the only solution but can certainly help. Many of us may be too young to get a part time job but almost all of us can start some sort of business to earn some extra money. It can be traditional teen jobs like mowing lawns and babysitting or something completely new. It's exciting to think of all the possibilities!
If teens are just given the tools they need to succeed and a little bit of opportunity, owning a business is the best way I know of to learn about managing money, becoming a better communicator, and how to work hard to achieve personal goals. I'm really glad to have this chance to share my story and grateful for all of the opportunities I have been given! (This post was uploaded by GroundTruth on behalf of Eva Baker, via an email submission.)
Using art as advocacy
Muthoni Ngige is 27, and the founder of Afra-Kenya in Nairobi, and organization of LBQ women set on challenging homophobia in Kenyan society.
"I'm already almost there. I can see it. I want to have a constant practice. I won't be the one with all this pain. Now I want to give my intellect, my energy. For now I'm just the one doing everything. In the future there will be people around me."
Being a Teenpreneur is my dream job!
Hi! My name is Eva Baker. I founded TeensGotCents.com three years ago when I was sixteen. The website is all about personal finance issues for teens. We talk about how to go to college debt free, how to get a great part time job, shopping smart and getting great deals, and how teens can start their own business. Learning how to manage money well early in life can help teens reach their goals and dreams much earlier!
Another goal I have is to bring teen entrepreneurs together to help and support each other as entrepreneurs. For those of us who are too young to get a regular type job, owning our own business is a great way to earn extra money and be 'employed'. Being a business owner is one of the solutions to teen unemployment, in my opinion. This summer I am hosting The Teenpreneur Conference to bring teens together from all over to learn to start a business or grow one they already have, build a community who supports every member, and have a little fun along the way! You can find all the details at TheTeenpreneur.com.
I am so grateful to have my dream job and I can't wait to see what teens can accomplish by working together! Thanks for letting me tell my story! (This post was submitted by The GroundTruth Project via an email submission by Eva Baker.)
Opening a soup kitchen
Alysha Kassam, 20, is currently a student at INtel College and part-time employee at Educate Yourself Ltd. Bookshop in Westgate mall.
"I'd like to open a cafe — a soup kitchen. But I don't have the money or resources. People are suffering without enough to eat. Everything has a price. Instead of getting something in return, I'll give something out."
Challenges facing democracy in India
I would like to share the current situation of youth facing in great democracy like India. Our PM Modi is promoting & inviting world to invest here. But, instead of encouraging youth, government is trying to manipulate them & using them as a tool,dragging in news to hide other important facts. I don't have a dream in such situation where freedom of speech is considered as sedition, where Education Minister remove all muslim writer's chapters from school books. The insecurity young girls feel here after hearing minister's irrelevant comments on their clothes, characters, etc. I still wonder, how long this is going to happen.
From last 2 years, we are facing many problems inside national institutes like FTII [Film & Television Institute of India], JNU [Jawaharlal Nehru University], TISS [Tata Institute of Social Sciences]. I am not a pessimist, i am a documentary filmmaker & trying to create & follow my dream.
But is it possible to rise your own voice when you feel insecure, threatened, lost & shameful at the same time. How long we are going to protest? At the end, this is plan of the big conspiracy with elites & businessmen. It's same everywhere. Where we are standing as a youth, future of India. FTII, JNU , TISS students are protesting against same system but how far we will go ? Is this path lead us to become one of them who needs power to do something. We are looking for answers.
I would like to capture this in-depth stories of youth who are facing different problems in all over country. There are uncertain things happened recently, like student's suicide because of caste discrimination, sedition & arrest of JNU protestors, lawyers as well as police becoming goons and beating students, judges are giving clean chits to all possible murderers who are part of current government. Rise of nationalism & extremists who are youths as well as others are non-believers. How these groups deal with situations & how they see India as a country?
There are many issues, I can highlight here.
But for now, would like to mention, Youth of this country is looking for freedom, not from one particular system but the roots of society & its functioning.
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