SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Students as young as 10-years-old are launching their own businesses in Syracuse. A program called “Teen Tech” at Mercy Works at the Clarence Jordan Vision Center is teaching students how to become entrepreneurs.
“In Teen Tech what we do is ask the kids if you could have any business, what business would that be,” said Nati Torrence, program director at Mercy Works.
A question Brooklyn Bowens answered with confidence. After going through the teen tech course, she created Brooklyn’s Finest.
“I get to make people feel happy, by expressing their feelings with jewelry,” Brooklyn said.
She makes these bracelets, headbands, and accessories in all different sizes, colors and fabrics. She sells them at different events around Syracuse. Her entrepreneurial spirit started at home.
“I would tell her I want you to start thinking about a business, start thinking about what you are good at and how you can start making money,” recalls Betiea Bowens, Brooklyn’s mom.
They came up with a jewelry line. Her mom enrolled her in the five-week Teen Tech course to learn the ins and outs of starting a new company.
“Just all of the things they were teaching them I was like this is fantastic. They were teaching them revenues, expenses, teaching them how to do a business plan, who they are going to market to and learning how to pitch their product,” said Bowens.
Twice a week, Brooklyn joins other students ages 10 to 16 to cultivate their visions, not even realizing they are an inspiration to young and old.
“When I tell my friends they are surprised and that’s when they say I want to live like you and I just tell them they can start their own business,” said Brooklyn.
The programs at Mercy Works are free. To learn more, click here.