Selling more than "stuff" at YouthBiz Marketplace
The victim of bullying in elementary school, Hagen wanted to start a campaign to "help folks be nice" to each other. Be Nice X3's products come with a pledge: the customer agrees to perform three acts of kindness a day for a year and to charge five friends to do the same. At the end of the year, notes the pledge, the buyer will have done "1,095 nice acts."
Hagen joined youth business owners of all types at the YouthBiz Marketplace, an event that takes place on the first two Saturdays of December every year. Experienced business owners, boasting profits of thousands each year, join first-timers taking part in their first selling experience. Last Saturday, the businesses made hundreds in profits as a record 509 customers attended.
"YouthBiz Marketplace is a true inspiration,"
About Young Americans Center
Young Americans Center for Financial Education is a nonprofit organization committed to developing the financial literacy of young people, up to age 22, through real life experiences and hands-on programs. The Center fulfills its mission by offering programs that complement and reinforce each other to build life skills, work skills and financial self-sufficiency. These include Young AmeriTowne, International Towne, YouthBiz, Money Matters classes, summer camps, and more. In addition, Young Americans Center houses the only real bank in the world for young people, Young Americans Bank, which shares the same educational mission of teaching children to be financially responsible. Since 1987, more than 600,000 youth have participated in the programs or bank. For more information on the Young Americans Center for Financial Education, visit http://yacenter.org.