Our goal in 2018 was to set the tone for what is to come in 2019 for Speak Loud Incorporated as the in-house non-profit for our sister brand, Priceless Planning. We knew we had big shoes to fill if we wanted to achieve this during Quarter Three.
When word came in from Alexa Carlin, founder of the Women Empower Expo in Fort Lauderdale, we knew we had our answer. Once our President and Founder Sidjae Price pitched the idea of hosting a teenpreneur expo – inside the women’s expo – we hit the ground running.
This event has solidified Speak Loud Incorporated as a leader in the teenpreneur movement and we hope that with your help, we can continue to show our support to teens like Tatyanna Monet, Aleyna Harris, and Shanese Wright, as well as kidpreneurs like Jojo, Air, and Brookie.
Below is a breakdown of our campaign and important financial information. If you would like to see some behind the scenes on our event, please visit this page.
- 72% of high school students and 64% of college students want to start a business someday.
- The International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates that the global youth unemployment rate is expected to reach 13.1% in 2016 (71 million young people) and remain at that level through to 2017 (up from 12.9% in 2015).
- 61% of high school students and 43% of college students would rather be an entrepreneur instead of an employee when they graduate from college.
- In the next decade, one billion young people will enter the labour market, and large numbers of young people face a future of irregular and informal employment. 
- Since the 1970s the cost of college has skyrocketed, increasing over 151%. During that same timeframe, the median household income has only risen about 20% 
The Teenpreneurs – Class of 2018
Tatyana Monet Design – Tatyanna Penrice is the 16-year-old brains and talent behind Tatyanna Monet’ Designs, a custom clothing design company. Currently focusing on creating custom pieces for both women and children. She received my first sewing machine at the age of 10 and 6 years later have added four more to her collection and she is still loving every minute. Bringing people’s visions to life brings her joy and it encourages her to continuously work on her craft. She is extremely grateful to be able to continue pursuing her dreams and hopefully, one day Former First Lady Michelle Obama or Beyonce will have grace the scene in a custom Tatyanna Monet’ Design.
Tatyanna is a Junior at Carl Wunsche High School. After graduation, she aspires to continue pursuing her fashion design career at Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in LA in the Fall of 2020. She also holds the position of President of her school’s Chapter of Fashion Club and of the YPD at my church.
– Mama’s Passion Fruit JuiceThe kids got started a few years ago when their parents wanted to teach them skills about owning a business and money management, being that they don’t teach that in school. From this, the kids came up with the idea to serve and sell their grandmother’s passion juices and named their business Mama’s Passion Juice. Mama’s Passion Juices are mixed with their great grandmother’s secret juice recipe and served in souvenir vibrant colored mason jars with matching straws. The mission of Mama’s Passion Juices is to show other kids and parents that they can do anything possible once the family is involved and through preserving the family history. Thirsty? Get Mamas Passion Juice! Have a taste of passion!
The Chief Juice Mixers at Mama’s Passion Juices are, Jojo who is 9 years old attends Morrow Elementary and loves to dance and practice gymnastics. Ari who is 8 years old and attends Avant Garde Academy, loves to dance and practice gymnastics. Brookie who is 7 years old, attend Hollywood Academy of Arts and Science, love dancing, singing and practicing gymnastics.
Tech Touch – Aleyna Harris is a senior at Lauderhill 6-12 and Shanese Wright is a freshman at Broward College, but alumni of Lauderhill 6-12. Both ladies are the proud App Developers of Tech Touch. Tech Touch is a Web application that connects underrepresented high school students to computer science companies in the tri-county area of Broward Miami Dade and Palm Beach.
Tech Touch’s goal is matchup computer science students profiles with industry entry-level positions profiles. Tech Touch provides means of which students can build a profile based off of skills which they possess as well as skills that are in the process of development. After students enter this information into the tech touch database the companies do the same giving their general company information, requirements for entry-level jobs as well as internship and/or maybe mentorship opportunities. Now the key portion of tech touch is the connection and By doing so we are retaining the tri-county areas talent pool as well as properly measuring and matching industry needs alongside student progress.
- Pan Fridays — “The Home Of The Famous Jerk Chicken & Shrimp Pasta.” Pan Friday’s offers a diverse Caribbean experience, using the most organic ingredients to deliver the best flavors!
- SoVerve Marketing Group — a Central Florida based full-service digital marketing agency specializing in blending customer-centric marketing with feminine inspired brand messaging.
- Evergreen Group USA — U.S. owned family business dedicated to serving the U.S. food industry. Evergreen is an importer and distributor of premium specialty foods and beverages from Europe and around the world. Suppliers from all over the world have partnered with EVERGREEN seeking to share many successes the company has achieved in developing grocery brands in the U.S. Its dedication to food excellence has given many international brand names household status all over USA.
- Real Women Inspire — an emerging, apparel and empowerment brand focused on promoting confidence among women.
- I Am Respect — a 501c3 organization that works to bridge the gap between home and school for girls in urban communities who have lost their identity and voice at the hands of the negative influence of social media and entertainment.
Financials & Donations
- We raised over $3400 in donations from our corporate sponsors, as well as our virtual donors through both our website, as well as through our GoFundMe page.
- Kendra Scott (kendrascott.com) was kind enough to donate 20% of all sales received on October 12th in their Mizner Park, Boca Raton location towards our cause.
- These funds covered the cost of the booths for the event, as well as event ticket admissions, gifts on behalf of our organization to the teens, lunch, and dinner for our day-of volunteers, signage and keychains for the day-of donors. We were also able to fly in one of our teenpreneurs, Tatyana Monet, from Texas to attend the event.
- During our event, our teenpreneurs were able to raise $1500 ($500/each) as seed capital for their respective businesses. These funds were collected by the teens and their parents and guardians during the event and are excluded from the previously mentioned $3400.00
We couldn’t have done any of this without your invaluable support and that of the teen’s family, friends, and loyal supporters which include teachers and administrators. We have truly created something magical by hosting this event and we already have plans for the Class of 2019. If you’d like to stay up on information regarding next year’s Teenpreneur Expo, please subscribe to our newsletter at: http://eepurl.com/crci99