A Message to the Community: A Book that Can Inspire The Youth and Young Adults (Read First)

In an effort to stimulate creativity and self-empowerment within our Black youth, I would like to present a book that is beneficial to the African-American household.

"An Introduction to Business for African-American Youth" by Abner McWhorther is a timeless guide to stimulating your child's creativity.

This book presents the African-American youth with fun and creative jobs that they can start NOW!. Jobs that will allow them to make money, learn about business and prevent an idol mind.

Within our communities and in light of the negative distracting culture that our children face with, it's important to give the youth vision and options.

Starting the youth young, and teaching them about business is priceless. Not only does it strengthen the minds of our youth, it allows them to develop a sense of independence which counteracts the sense of dependency which can linger into adulthood.

Each job featured in the book creates ongoing, seasonal or summer opportunities.

The alarming statistics show that less than 14 Black male youths out of 100 have jobs**

Considering the fluctuations in the job market, adults as well as children need to have many tools in their "mental carry case".

In my opinion a person should never be without a job, even while looking for other employment. There are many creative ways to bring in money. Ways that are both fun and satisfying. This gives our youth a sense of self-worth.

With the government's idea of stimulating jobs for the youth being simply training at job training programs, I can tell you first hand many of these programs are just distractions. Many times when you have completed these programs you are not given a job and simply serve to satisfy the minds of the politically correct, who don't have a solution to youth unemployment.

As pointed out by 26 year-old Maya Black who confronted Liberal Democrats leader Nick Clegg focusing only on job training even for the most basic jobs has become just a "glorified piece of paper"*

The youth need jobs, and need jobs now. The youth shouldn't be discouraged at an early age and feel as they have no control over their future.

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12-Year Old Becomes CEO and Has Definite Plans in Life

Check out 12-yr old Amiya a girl driven to succeed at a young age. Amiya is CEO of her own company "Amiya's Mobile Dance Academy" in Detroit. She is a perfect example of how creativity can be stimulated at any age. Limitations only exist when there is a lack of a dream and vision. Amiya had just that, vision, and with the help of her mother her vision of having a big pink school bus where she can teach dance lessons came alive.

Amiya is a role model to young people all over, and the key to her success is having "Definiteness of Purpose". She knows what she wants out of life and has set goals even at her young age. She only needs to map out the goals she already has in her mind. Her business has already accumulated $10,000 which she is investing and saving for Harvard Medical School.

There is not doubt that Amiya will succeed because she has a determination to do so.Even the richest kids can't say they where CEO's at 12 years old.

With every article on this site I encourage parents, guardians and love ones to purchase a book that can help stimulate the minds of young kids and teens. "An Introduction to Business for African American Youth", it can be a stepping stone to unleashing the creative mind in children. The book was written specifically for children in a language they can understand. And gives many ideas of what types of businesses they can start and run at a young age

It's important for parents to understand the power of youths having "Definiteness of Purpose".
"All habits, save only that of the love of definiteness of purpose, may lead to the habit of drifting."... Napoleon Hill
In other words, only those who have set goals and concentrate on those goals have the best chance of succeeding. They will not drift through life aimlessly by not having a plan to follow.

Click Here to Read More about the layout of this book and make this summer the year your child gets excited about all the possibilities in life where they can be just like Amiya.

This Little Girl is Already an Employer

This little girls is already in the position to be a job creator and employ others. Sometimes we forget that's what it's all about. When you create jobs you not only have the joy of earning a profit but you are in the position to help others. Not only do you help others but they learn and grow and develop the inspiration to do the same.

Creativity develops opportunity and ideas build dreams.

Are Black Youth Prone to Creativity?

Again, are Black Youth prone to creativity?

Well unfortunately the answer is "no". It doesn't matter if we would like the answer to be "yes" or try to convince ourselves the answer is "yes". The answer is "no".

Are you confused by what I'm saying? Well I want to point out a couple of things. First we must start to be honest about our culture. The type of culture the youth are exposed to doesn't lead to a progressive, creatively growing mind. African American culture is a repetitive one. We don't have a diverse culture in the mainstream that the youth can be exposed to. Unless a family makes a point of exposing their children to more stimulation they will not have minds that are as broad and creative as others.

This shows up when you meet Black college students. Often times, there goals and career choices will emulate their peers. They fail to seem as bright and advanced as other students. Students who not only go and get an education to broaden their minds, but they come from broader minded cultures and communities.

Why am I saying all of this? Well, I am about to lead you to an article that really made my heart sink,. It made my heart sink, because as I struggle to sell this book, White kids are ready to go. They observed their parents, read the books and all they need to do is look within their community and culture to become inspired. Their culture and communities revolve around being inspired to create, be creative and be an entrepreneur.

We don't have this, our youth don't have this type of stimulation. But despite this fact we hesitate in offering this to them.

I don't play little games with Black people, I'm just honest when I say that it's so pathetic, and sad that I struggle to sell this book and our kids really need it. At the same time, as always another community is ready to go and carry on what makes this country strong, and that's "entrepreneurship".

The book I'm offering simply stimulates the creativity of a child at a young age. It's great for teenagers too. It let's them know the sky is the limit when it comes to inventive ways to make money. Ways that are beyond the street. Ways that go beyond what their limited minded peers tell them. It's not to lead a child away from the tradition of going to school. In the following article these children will surely go to college.

This book encourages your child to start thinking about business and how business is operates, point-blank. I imagine Black youth reading this book becoming creative, and developing ideas made profitable by joining with their family or friends.

I love their idea of using a Blackboard instead of signs, it's different
"I saw all these T.V. shows and I thought, can we sell on the boardwalk in Brooklyn?"

The venture began near her relatives' home in Brighton Beach three years ago. They then set up shop near their New Jersey home, but business was slow. So their mom, Milena Koste, 34, suggested they try the sidewalk in front of Milena K Design, her fashion jewelry store between West 31st and West 32nd streets.

And so far, business is booming.

"It’s good!" said John Mendoza, 46, who works on the block, after taking a sip. He said he was excited to see the stand on the street.

"They're young entrepreneurs, which is pretty cool," he added.

"I do not see this at all," agreed Yolana Anderson, 28, who lives in Harlem, who said this was the first stand she’d seen since the summer began.

She also praised Sonya’s business prowess.

"She’s a good business person. She’s out there, she’s selling," Anderson raved.
Read the Full Story Here:Kids Set Up Lemonade Stand In Mid-town Manhattan

A Youth's Mind Stimulated Leads To Success

This is an inspiring story. Here's a young man who's been guided to "think outside the box" by his mother. Instead of joining the droves of youth who simply spend money, he decided to profit from his purchases.

This clever young man listened to his mother when she urged him to own part of the companies he spends money supporting. In turn he is supporting himself and empowering his future through investing.

What really stands out about this young man is his sense of confidence. Here you can see a young man who clearly has a sense of self-worth who's encouraged by vision and possibility.

He's a young man who lives in excitement because he has direction, vision and goals. He is a young man who feels self-empowerment and self-worth because he feels in control of his life and destiny.

He is not simply a "pawn" in life waiting to be noticed. He's decided to create stability at a young age.

Embarking on the path of success with vision and a goal, creates an admirable character. You can clearly see the sharp thinking skills and the articulate nature this young man has developed.

To reach out and obtain knowledge that's self-empowering creates the most functional human being.

This young man defies statistics. Thanks to the wonderful guidance of his mother he has learned at a young age that control of his future financial destiny is greatly up to him.

He breaks away from the millions of African-American youth held hostage to the job market. African-American youth who wait to become employed. Those who fail to water the seed of entrepreneurship within them due to lack of encouragement.

It's important to let the youth know they can "Pave Paths". They shouldn't feel discouraged by the lack of creative vision in their surroundings. One tip from this young man's mother changed his life. One tip and the encouragement to do something not normally done by those like him has empowered his life and future.

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A Simple Idea That Never Dies

Meet KALIEF ROLLINS a young man who could have easily became a statistic. But instead he used his creativity to start a T-Shirt company that stands out from the rest.

Read Kalief's story courtesy of NFTE:

Since the age of seven, Kalief Rollins has been selling whatever he could to make money. First, he sold candy to his classmates; later on it was jewelry, which he would buy wholesale. “I’ve been an entrepreneur pretty much all of my life,: Kalief says.

During his junior year at Downey High School, in Carson, California, the 17-year-old enrolled in a NFTE class to fulfill a lifelong dream—starting his own “legit” business.

The hardest part of the class was the numbers---doing the math for my business plan,” Kelief remembers. The easiest part was coming up with an idea. Some time before, his uncle had suggested that he and his older brother Anthony should start a clothing business, since Anthony liked drawing and Kalief was a born salesman, but the two brothers never pursued it. Taking a NFTE course gave Kalief the skills that he needed to turn the idea into a reality. He created a business that sells custom T-shirts with designs that the brothers wanted to wear but could never find. At present, the company produces eight T-shirt designs with positive, inspirational messages targeted to urban youth. So far the business, which is run out of the Rollin’s garage, has sold nearly 200 T-shirts.

“The most important thing that I learned from the NFTE class is how to determine how much to sell your product for to run a good, profitable business,” Kalief states.

The young entrepreneur took top honors for his business at the NFTE Greater Los Angeles Youth Business Plan Competition, on his way to winning first prize at the National Youth Entrepreneurship Challenge in New York, on October 7.

Kalief is now a freshman at Southwest Community College, majoring in business. He hopes to transfer to USC during his junior year, go on to get an MBA, and eventually open his own store. Kalief’s advice to other aspiring young entrepreneurs:

“Work hard and never give up. Just look at me”.

Coming up with nothing, I really never thought I would own my own business. But now the sky is the limit”

Success Can Begin at Any Age

Jasmine, 17, is a graduate of the NewYork Metro
program and owner of Eden BodyWorks, an allnatural
line of hair and body products—available
at Wal-Mart and Whole Foods Market.

Ippy, 19, completed a NFTE New England course
and is the owner of Ippy’s Islamic Fashions, which
creates custom-made clothes and caters to Islamic
girls and women in seven states.

The entrepreneurial spirit within these young ladies was sparked at an early age.Both attended programs through the NFTE "The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship" . The NFTE is an organization that serves low income children in 22 states and 13 countries in the world..It's a program that helps them plan a road map towards their entrepreneurial success.

I encourage all parents who have youngsters to enroll them in this program or one like it. NFTE only has limited spaces to accommodate potential applicants. However this should not stop or halt the creative minds of the youth at large. This book leads to opportunity recognition, which leads to self-empowerment and confidence. It demonstrates to the youth that they do not have to wait for direct guidance, they can begin to develop creative minds that can think their way out of the obstacles they might face. One creative idea leads to another.