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Youth Ventures Success Stories — Meet Emily Hewlett

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Emily always had a sweet tooth for tasty treats when she was growing up. Emily also loved visiting food trucks on the mainland to enjoy whichever treats they could serve up in the mobile kitchens. Combining the two separate interests only felt right to Emily. Fast forward to today, and we have the wonderful Sweet Tails and Treats!

Youth Ventures Success Stories — Meet Alexandra Antle

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Alexandra has a passion for sharing experiences through her beadwork. This ultimately transformed into offering a variety of beaded pieces including jewelry, accessories, and art that is featured in art exhibitions across Newfoundland and Labrador! Currently, Alexandra’s pieces are exclusively available online so that any interested customer can own a piece of contemporary art.

Youth Ventures Success Stories — Meet Alyssa Barrett

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We are excited to share the 2020 Excellence in Customer Service Winner, Alyssa Barrett for her business, Candy Treasures by Alyssa!

Here is Alyssa’s story…

In the Beginning

Alyssa Barrett is already an experienced candy maker after starting Candy Treasures by Alyssa at the age of 12 in Old Perlican, Newfoundland. What began as selling candy bouquets has now expanded into a mobile cart with plenty of products to offer including theatre popcorn, cotton candy, and her famous candy and caramel apples! 

Alyssa reflects on the benefits of her growth. “Becoming mobile allowed me to expand my clientele and helped grow my social media following.”

Why Entrepreneurship?

Alyssa was empowered with a strong passion for entrepreneurship growing up. After Alyssa attended a Youth Ventures Coordinator presentation at her high school, the business idea soon became a reality. The appeal of setting your own hours and engaging directly with customers also helped to push her ideas forward!

Making it Happen with Youth Ventures

Youth Ventures has assisted Alyssa in developing posters, business cards, and a marketing plan. The events that were coordinated allowed many customers to try these sweet treats and to become happy customers!

“It was wonderful to have someone to consult with and help you reach out to local customers. Youth Ventures helped set up events and spread the word about my business.” says Alyssa. “This altogether helped in making my business as successful as it is.”

What’s Next

Candy Treasures by Alyssa has no signs of slowing down any time soon. Alyssa has already tasted success by winning four provincial awards and plans to keep making an impact. The dream is to continue growing the business with a goal of owning and operating multiple mobile stores to reach as many happy customers as possible by next summer!

Moment of Reflection

Alyssa offers plenty of encouraging words for those interested in entrepreneurship. “I want the youth in my area to know that you are never too young to become an entrepreneur and turn your ideas into a business.” As Alyssa has shown, a great idea can become something bigger!

You can purchase Alyssa’s fantastic treats by visiting her on Facebook and Instagram at @candytreasuresbyalyssa

Thank you for sharing your story, Alyssa – your Youth Ventures family wishes you all the best in everything you do in the future!

Stay tuned for the next Success Story. Until then, let’s keep makin’ lemonade!

Youth Ventures Success Stories – Meet Kristen Murray, YV Coordinator!

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Welcome back to our Youth Ventures Success Stories series! This time, we’re flipping the script
and sharing a Youth Ventures Coordinator story — say hello to Kristen Murray! She joined the
YV family in the summer of 2019 and is the recipient of the 2019 Star Coordinator award.
Read on to learn more about Kristen’s Youth Ventures experience…
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In the beginning

Kristen is from St. John’s, Newfoundland and she became a Youth Ventures Program
Coordinator for the Metro region as a work term while completing her Bachelor of Commerce
at Memorial University of Newfoundland.

She says it was an amazing opportunity that allowed her to combine experience and passion:
“I have had a keen interest in entrepreneurship and small business for a number of
years and I also had past experiences in working/volunteering with youth, so it turned
out to be the perfect fit!”

Life as an “Entrepreneurial Fairy”

According to Kristen, there are many reasons why being a Youth Ventures Program
Coordinator is awesome. Some of the most exciting — and rewarding — aspects of the
Coordinator role? Navigating diverse roles related to mentoring and coaching as well as
helping participants see opportunities and overcome challenges in their region.
Says Kristen, “The YV Coordinator is like an entrepreneurial fairy, cheerleader and coach
all in one. A “fairy” because we spread the word across their region, from classroom
presentations to information booths dressed as lemonade stands! A “cheerleader” for
aspiring young entrepreneurs who deserve encouragement and support to reach their
potential. A “coach” because we provide guidance and assistance to young
entrepreneurs who are chasing their dreams!”

Being inspired and paying it forward

Kristen says that she feels inspired by Youth Ventures’ 27 years-and- counting mission to
advocate for youth entrepreneurship in Newfoundland and Labrador, not to mention its track
record of helping over 7000 youth start businesses since the program began.
Her main sources of inspiration and motivation to ‘pay it forward’ are the Youth Ventures
participants themselves. Kristen remembers, “I helped 22 participants in Summer 2019.
Each of them had incredible stories, expertise and talents that I was amazed by. I’ll
never forget this individual and how they showed me their resilience, creativity, and
passion.”

Leadership, growth, and a bright future

Kristen says that her experience as a Youth Ventures Program Coordinator has helped her
understand the value of the Program to the larger future of Newfoundland and Labrador
— and beyond. Connecting the dots between cultivating young business and our future
community leaders means helping our youth recognize opportunities, learn by doing, and
grow all the practical and ‘soft’ skills needed to pursue success. “These youth are not only
creating businesses and jobs that boost our economy, they are helping to strengthen
our community,” she says.

When asked what’s next for her and how being a Coordinator has helped her plan for her
future, Kristen is excited about continuing her business-focused education, including pursuing
a Masters of Business Administration in Social Enterprise at Memorial University. “Youth
Ventures has definitely helped further shape my goals and ambitions,” shares Kristen.
“Before I’m 29, I’ll be going to Youth Ventures to help me as a participant!”

Would she recommend being a Coordinator, knowing what she knows now? Absolutely!
“Being a YV Coordinator is an incredible experience, especially if you are an
entrepreneur or have entrepreneurial goals. You’ll be challenged and inspired every
day — it’s an experience you’ll hold close to you for a long time.”

Wow! Talk about inspiring and being inspired!

Thanks for sharing your story, Kirsten — your Youth Ventures family is proud to keep supporting you as you pursue your future goals.

Until next time, let’s keep Makin’ Lemonade!

Youth Ventures Success Stories – Meet Adam Hill!

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Welcome back to our Youth Ventures Success Stories series — we’re excited to introduce you to Adam Hill! Adam received our 2019 Community Impact Award (in memory of Neveah Denine) and his business, Comet Cupcakes, is rocketing to success! Read on to learn Adam’s story…