Rather than wasting away lazy summer days, high school youth in Mi Casa’s Emerging Entrepreneurs Summer Camp have been hard at work starting their own businesses. These youth have been learning business best practices and leveraging their passion to apply these tools to grow their own enterprises. Meet the bright entrepreneurs behind three new businesses, which will debut at the Colorado Black Arts Festival.
These youth will be featured at the Black Art Festival’s Watu Sokoni People’s Marketplace on Friday, July 12 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m at City Park.
My name is RuiZavier Estrada, or as you’ll come to know me as the “Jammin’ Peach Guy!” I am an entrepreneur who owns a peach jam business that offers two different kinds of peach jam. I started this business because I am extremely passionate about the idea of Denver and Colorado youth making their own products whether it be homemade or handmade. I pursued peach jam making because peaches are one of my favorite fruits, and I wanted to share the flavor of peach in a jam form with the rest of Colorado. My original recipe contains organic and all natural Colorado grown peaches with sugar and a hint of lemon juice. My other unique jam is made for people who still want to eat peach jam, but stay healthy. This recipe has all of the same ingredients as my original jam, but instead of sugar I add agave. Agave is a much more sweeter, more healthier alternative to sugar. I sell full pints of jam for $8 each, and I do hope to see any and all Coloradans at the Black Arts Festival.
Let us introduce ourselves, our names are Santiana Martinez and Shania Quintana. Our business is 303 Kidz and we make t-shirts for kids varying in size 2T to 6x. We picked the name 303 Kidz to represent our business because we are the youth of Denver and the t-shirts are for kidz by kidz of Denver. Our t-shirts are non-toxic and machine washable. Every t-shirt is unique, and every design has its own unique touch. All the t-shirts also have our logo, which is our business name followed by the Denver skyline. This t-shirt will make any toddler the coolest kid on the playground. We hope to have the opportunity to show you what 303 Kidz is all about at the Black Arts Festival!
Hello we are Devon Soto and Ariel Price. We are both young entrepreneurs who run a business called The Super Reusers. Recycling is very important to us and many people. We have all heard of Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. But not many people have heard of upcycling. Upcycling is basically making something out of nothing. Our product is made out of recycled water bottles and old comic books. We make gift boxes and storage containers. Our product is shorter than a water bottle and has many uses. It can be used as a gift box, pencil holder, piggy bank, penny saver, jewelry box, toy storage or anything your imagination can think of. Our product is a way to show others how recycled goods can be made into beautiful things. Our mission is to show what upcyclilng can do through our products. Thank you and we look forward to seeing you at our booth during the Black Arts Festival.