Adinvita Private School, 619 Grant Ave., will have its first Young Entrepreneur Day from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday.
The school has 30 students in prekindergarten through eighth grade. This will be a night for family and friends.
“Our students will create and sell items such as handmade crystal necklaces (crystal brought from Arkansas), bracelets, customized Starbucks cups, hair bows and accessories, design T-shirts, tie-dye T-shirts, cheesecakes, decorated pens, turkey burgers, homemade soaps, decorative mask clips, dog tags, crepes, homemade jewelry, boba teas, Kool-Aid pickles, empanadas, cookies, horchata, fresas with cream, tie dye socks, art and more,” Director/Principal Linda Subia said in an email.
When Adinvita was first created, Subia said this was something they wanted to bring to the school where students would figure out projects from beginning to end and learn life skills and financial literacy along with math and reading.
“This is something we wanted to do with our kids because we know that a lot of things are just paper-pencil right now in the school system and we wanted them to have that hands-on (experience) and that financial literacy. Within this whole project, they’re getting reading; they’re getting math; writing. They’re able to research and then they also are getting the life skills part of it, which is really interesting because it brings their creativity out,” Subia said.
“… They also have to market it and sell it. That’s part of leadership skills. We’re really proud of them because they worked really hard on it,” she added.
Fourteen-year-old eighth-grader Jaelyn Ramos and 11-year-old sixth-grader Vasty Urias are feeling a mixture of nervous excitement about the event. Ramos will be offering crystal necklaces and Urias, bracelets made from clay disk beads.
Both said they plan to keep their businesses going after Young Entrepreneur Day.
“I think it’s good for us whenever we start doing this in the future,” Ramos said. “It’s definitely a challenge, but we’ll get better at it the more we do it.”
Ramos said she was getting into the necklace venture slowly.
“I saw that people like them a lot,” she said. “They each have different meanings. I wanted to create something that a lot of people would wear, so I thought necklaces was the best thing to do.”
“I personally think it’s really cool that we can start a business at this age and that we can advance it … and make it better every day,” Urias said.
Urias is making bracelets made out of clay disk beads.
“They’re homemade,” she said. “Each bracelet has its own pompon. They’re really hard, but I still like to make them because other people can buy them and feel good about themselves.”
“I started mine because they have inspirational sayings on them and I realize that people aren’t that confident and this will help them be better at everything, try their best and honestly become a better person,” Urias said.