By Luke Broadwater
The Baltimore Sun
WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) 16 year old Sade Jackson was recently named one of nine winners of Baltimore’s first-ever Teen Business Challenge, a competition meant to inspire young people to create their own businesses.
The Baltimore Sun
Looking on social media, Sade M. Jackson felt black girls were exposed too often to negative stereotypes about beauty standards.
So the 16-year-old East Baltimore teen sat down to design a T-shirt, drawing a girl’s face with four skin colors and two styles of hair. Under it, she wrote: “No matter what hairstyle or skin color, I’m still beautiful.”
The project combined her love of art with her desire to become an entrepreneur. She called her company “Crown Your Inspiration,” took the shirts to last month’s African American Festival in Druid Hill Park — and her top design sold out.
“People were so amazed. When I told them my age, they were like ‘Wow. For you to be doing what you’re doing is really amazing,'” Sade recalled. “One lady was telling me to keep on going because it doesn’t stop here.”
Sade — who attends Bard High School Early College in West Baltimore — recently was named one of nine winners of Baltimore’s first-ever Teen Business Challenge, a competition meant to inspire young people to create their own businesses.
For the competition, Mayor Catherine Pugh solicited donations from local businesses and partnered with the Network For Teaching Entrepreneurship. Young people participated in a five-week Business Training Camp and learned to develop business plans and pitch their ideas to investors.
Each of the winners received seed money of up to $5,000 to grow their businesses.
In addition to Sade, other winners included Janiya M. Foreman of Innovative Touch; Vincent Green of Vinny’s Vanilla & Ice Bike Creams; Gregory R. Holmes of Ice Bike Creams; Samierra A. Jones of The Trenches to the Throne; Charles & Tracey Robinson of Empire Printing; Khalid H. Williams of Perfect Step; Courtney L. Dupye of Young n Ambitious (YnA) Clothing; and Lecha’ Guy of Cha’s Mendhi Artistry.