Meet Your Coordinator

Meet Your Coordinator: Alicia Lily – Harbour Breton Community Youth Network

Meet Your Coordinator

Meet Your Coordinator is a series where we interview your Youth Ventures coordinators so that you can get to know them. We are back again for the 2019 Youth Ventures season, and today we have Alicia Lily at the Harbour Breton Community Youth Network.

What is your name?  

My name is Alicia Lilly

What Youth Ventures site are you based out of? 

This summer I am based out of the Harbour Breton Community Youth Network in Harbour Breton, servicing the entire South Coast.

What are some of your favourite hobbies? 

My favorite hobby would have to be spending time with family. 

What’s your favourite movie? 

My favorite movie is Annie ! 

What is your favourite band? 

My favorite band is The Band Perry.

What is your favourite restaurant?

Jungle Jims !

Do you have any pets? 

No Pets !

What does entrepreneurship mean to you?

Entrepreneurship to me means a alot !   It is taking something you love to do and turning it into a business, it is having drive and determination to make money, it ‘s having enough creativity to make a business yours.

What is the coolest business you heard of? 

The coolest business i have heard of is I For An Eye it is a socially conscious eyewear brand. Their vision is to provide as many people as they can with vision care. So they have teamed up with Seva Canada to make that happen. $10 from every pair you purchase is donated to Seva Canada to help third world countries in many different areas of need in terms of vision care. Prescription eyewear, surgery, education, medicine, etc.

What are you looking forward to most this summer? 

I’m looking forward to building relationships with students and participants. I look forward to seeing what they come up with this year!

What are some interesting business opportunities you see in your region?

There are so many opportunities. I see hockey camps being one that would really work here. 

What do youth in NL need to know about Youth Ventures? 

It is a great opportunity to make some extra cash and to even better yourself for the future. You will never be alone if you want to start a business. 

What is the most important thing people of any age who want to start a business need to know? 

There is help!  You won’t be alone in the journey to starting your own business, and you never know until you try!

How can people get in touch with you if they’d like to talk about starting a business?

They can contact me through email @ southcoast@youthvenuresnl.com or by telephone @ 709- 885-3180

Meet Your Coordinator: Josh Merrigan – CBDC Trinity Conception

Meet Your Coordinator

Meet Your Coordinator is a series where we interview your Youth Ventures coordinators so that you can get to know them. We are back again for the 2019 Youth Ventures season, and today we have Josh Merrigan at CBDC Trinity Conception in Carbonear.

What is your name?

Josh Merrigan 

What Youth Ventures site are you based out of?

Trinity Conception 

What are some of your favourite hobbies?

Playing guitar, hiking, camping, reading books, watching sports. 

What’s your favourite movie?

Lord of the Rings: Return of the King 

What is your favourite band?

It’s hard to pick a favourite, there are so many good ones. Probably Fleetwood Mac though. 

What is your favourite restaurant?

Again it’s hard to pick a favourite because there are lots of great restaurants, especially in Newfoundland, but probably Piatto. 

Do you have any pets?

Yes, a mini golden doodle named Kasmir. 

What does entrepreneurship mean to you?

Entrepreneurship to me, means taking something you are good at and sharing it with other people in a way that you can make an income from it. 

What is the coolest business you heard of?

It’s hard to pinpoint what the coolest business I’ve heard of is because there are so many ways to define a cool business. Apple is certainly up there because of the way they revolutionized the smartphone. So are Tesla and Space X. 

What are you looking forward to most this summer?

Being able to help young entrepreneurs turn their ideas or desire to be in business into a viable venture. 

What are some interesting business opportunities you see in your region?

Most of it revolves around tourism or creating/selling artisan goods. There is always room for opportunities in green technology and green product development as well though. 

What is the most important thing people of any age who want to start a business need to know?

Be confident in your ideas. Lots of people have great ideas and never follow through with them. If everyone did this the world wouldn’t have a lot of the great products and services that we have today. If you don’t have expertise in one area there is almost certainly someone out there who is willing to help.

What do youth in NL need to know about Youth Ventures?

 That Youth Ventures is happy to help them turn their desire to be an entrepreneur into a business that they can be proud of. We have something for youth at every step of the entrepreneurial ladder, whether it is assistance with planning, marketing, or connecting them with mentors. 

How can people get in touch with you if they’d like to talk about starting a business?

Call me at (709) 596-0014 or email me at trinity@youthventuresnl.com

Meet Your Coordinator: Shayla Kielly – CBDC Celtic

Meet Your Coordinator

Meet Your Coordinator is a series where we interview your Youth Ventures coordinators so that you can get to know them. We are back again for the 2019 Youth Ventures season, and today we have Shayla Kielly at CBDC Celtic in Ferryland.

What is your name? 

Shayla Kielly 

What Youth Ventures site are you based out of? 

CBDC Celtic 

What are some of your favourite hobbies? 

Nails, Photography, reading, baking 

What’s your favourite movie? 

Country Strong 

What is your favourite band? 

I don’t have a favourite band, but I LOVE country music 

What is your favourite restaurant? 

Jungle Jims 

Do you have any pets? 

Yes 2. 

Charlie – he is a 2 year old maltese/shih-tuz 

Daisy – she is a 9 week old shih-tuz/bichon frise 

What does entrepreneurship mean to you? 

It means doing something you love to do 

What is the coolest business you heard of? 

3D crafts 

What are you looking forward to most this summer? 

Getting involved with working with youth and within the community. 

What are some interesting business opportunities you see in your region? 

Babysitting, nails, lashes, photography, lawn care, etc 

What do youth in NL need to know about Youth Ventures? 

We are here to help everyone through the most fun program. 

What is the most important thing people of any age who want to start a business need to know? 

“if you are working on something that you really care about, you don’t have to be pushed 

How can people get in touch with you if they’d like to talk about starting a business? Feel free to contact me, ShaylaKielly, at (709) 432-2662 or at celtic@youthventuesnl.com . You can also find out more at www.youthventuresnl.com.

Meet Your Coordinator: Hilary Griffiths – Association for New Canadians

Meet Your Coordinator

Meet Your Coordinator is a series where we interview your Youth Ventures coordinators so that you can get to know them. We are back again for the 2019 Youth Ventures season, and today we have Hilary Griffiths at Association for New Canadians in St. John’s.

What is your name? 

Hi everyone! My name is Hilary Griffiths. 

What Youth Ventures site are you based out of? 

This summer I am based out of the Association for New Canadians. 

What are some of your favourite hobbies? 

I love being able to spend time with my friends and family, whether that be hanging out and watching tv, grabbing a bite to eat or heading out for the night! 

What’s your favourite movie? 

I have three favourite movies. The Parent Trap, Spice World (The Spice Girl Movie), and The Princess Diaries. 

What is your favourite band? 

All-time favourite band is the Spice Girls, and I am super stoked to be seeing them this summer in London! …. and Nickelback is a guilty pleasure of mine. Some may say I have poor taste LOL. 

What is your favourite restaurant? 

My family fave is definitely Swiss Chalet, other than that I love Pita Pit, KFC and Wing n’ it. 

Do you have any pets? 

I have an adorable Pom named Zoe, and a handsome Chocolate Lab named Henry! But my dad is a hobby farmer so if you want to be technical we could throw some sheep and cows in the mix! 

What does entrepreneurship mean to you? 

Entrepreneurship to me means a whole bunch of things. It is having the opportunity to be your own boss, giving you the flexibility to create your own work/life balance. But it also means that you have to be committed and dedicated enough to push for your business and be willing to take risks to ultimately become successful. 

What is the coolest business you heard of? 

I couldn’t possible pick just one! I definitely want to check out one of St. John’s coolest new business, The Rec Room. 

What are you looking forward to most this summer? 

I’m looking forward to continue building relationships with not only participants, but the other coordinators as well. We have a great group of coordinators running the program, so with their help, our participants are destined for success! 

What are some interesting business opportunities you see in your region? 

The possibilities are endless! With an aging population across Newfoundland and Labrador, I think any business that focuses on our elders needs would be an interesting venture. 

What do youth in NL need to know about Youth Ventures? 

Youth in Newfoundland and Labrador need to know that Youth Ventures is an awesome way to make some extra money. You may not be interested in running a full time business, but there is nothing wrong with a little side hustle for some extra spending money! 

What is the most important thing people of any age who want to start a business need to know? 

I’ll answer this one with a quote from Zig Zigler, “You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great”. 

How can people get in touch with you if they’d like to talk about starting a business? 

If anyone has any questions they can get ahold of me in a few ways. One of them being through email, at anc@youthventuresnl.com, or if someone would like to pop into my office, I am located at 10 Smithville Cres., in the Association for New Canadians building, with AXIS Career Services.

Meet Your Coordinator: Nicolas White – CBDC Humber

Meet Your Coordinator

Meet Your Coordinator is a series where we interview your Youth Ventures coordinators so that you can get to know them. We are back again for the 2019 Youth Ventures season, and today we have Nicolas White at CBDC Humber in Corner Brook.

What is your name? 

What is your name? 

Nicolas White 

What Youth Ventures site are you based out of? 

Humber (Corner Brook) 

What are some of your favourite hobbies? 

Photography, Videography and anything that gets me outside 

What’s your favourite movie? 

In Time 

What is your favourite band? 

Right now, its Panic at The Disco 

What is your favourite restaurant?

Wing n it 

Do you have any pets? 

Three dogs (Westley, Oakley and Tim) 

What does entrepreneurship mean to you? 

Not being afraid to take risks and finding something you love to do every day and doing it. 

What is the coolest business you heard of? 

Cat Cafes 

What are you looking forward to most this summer? 

Helping the Participants in the youth ventures program start their own businesses and grow from their venture 

What are some interesting business opportunities you see in your region? 

Lawn care, dog walking, children’s entertainment, photography 

What do youth in NL need to know about Youth Ventures? 

That it’s completely free and that all of the coordinators are there to help you no matter what your business idea is 

What is the most important thing people of any age who want to start a business need to know? 

Don’t be afraid to fail, it’s all a part of the learning process 

How can people get in touch with you if they’d like to talk about starting a business? 

Nicolas White 

19 Union Street, Corner Brook, Newfoundland A2H 6G1 

(709) 639-7755 

humber@youthventuresnl.com

Meet Your Coordinator: Amanda Barney – Labrador Straits

Meet Your Coordinator

Meet Your Coordinator is a series where we interview your Youth Ventures coordinators so that you can get to know them. We are back again for the 2019 Youth Ventures season, and today we have Amanda Barney in Labrador Straits.

What’s your name?

Amanda Barney

What Youth Ventures site are you based out of?

Southern Labrador/Strait of Belle Isle Community Youth Network.

What are some of your favourite hobbies?

Hiking, Quading, Snowmobiling, all things outdoors…

What’s your favourite movie?

I love any romantic comedy

What is your favourite band?

Love Bon Jovi

What is your favourite restaurant?

Swiss Chalet

Do you have any pets?

Barney, a Brittany Spaniel

What does entrepreneurship mean to you?

There is no better work arrangement than to be your own boss!  With the right level of commitment, the sky is the limit!

What is the coolest business you heard of?

Any business is cool when someone takes a hobby or an interest and transforms it into a prosperous venture!  Last year, I had a participant who made ice fishing poles and roasting sticks and painted them in colours of the Labrador flag.  The business excelled way beyond our expectations!

What are you looking forward to most this summer?

I am looking forward to helping students make their business ideas become a reality.  I am anticipating a very successful summer!

What are some interesting business opportunities you see in your region?

There is a strong tourism industry in the Labrador Straits.  Businesses in the arts and crafts usually seem to do well in this industry.  Examples include: knitted goods, crafts made with local products (rock, driftwood, etc.), and paintings and pictures of NL scenery.  The whole province of Newfoundland and Labrador has an aging population so I see that service type businesses would be very successful as well.  These include: housekeeping, car wash, yard work, dog walker, etc.

What do youth in NL need to know about Youth Ventures?

Youth Ventures is a great program that can provide the necessary support, resources, training and counseling to potential new business owners.  This program fosters entrepreneurship in our youth and helps to shape them into leaders of tomorrow.

What is the most important thing people of any age who want to start a business need to know?

Business opportunities are endless but starting your own business takes a huge level of time, resources and dedication.

How can people get in touch with you if they’d like to talk about starting a business?

Amanda Barney

Youth Ventures Regional Coordinator

Community Youth Network

PO Box 256

L’Anse Au Loup, NL A0K 3L0

Phone: 709.927.7912

Email: southernlabrador@youthventuresnl.com

Meet Your Coordinator: Shauna Field – CBDC Cabot

Meet Your Coordinator

Meet Your Coordinator is a series where we interview your Youth Ventures coordinators so that you can get to know them. We are back again for the 2019 Youth Ventures season, and today we have Shauna Field at CBDC Cabot in CBS.

What’s your name?

Shauna Field

What Youth Ventures site are you based out of?

CBDC Cabot

What are some of your favourite hobbies?

I love hanging out with friends, reading, camping and binge-watching TV shows on Netflix.

What’s your favourite movie?

Anything with Melissa McCarthy

What is your favourite band?

Zac Brown Band

What is your favourite restaurant?

Chinese food from just about anywhere.

Do you have any pets?

Yes! I have 2 pugs whose names are Shorty and Stumpy and 3 cats named Houston, Ricky and Maisy.

What does entrepreneurship mean to you?

Entrepreneurships means innovation and people taking their interests/hobbies and turning it into a business.

What is the coolest business you heard of?

In Youth Ventures, there is a business on the southern coast which picks worms and sells them to fisherman.

What are you looking forward to most this summer?

Meeting new people, going to different events and helping people open up businesses and seeing these people make money from their hobbies and interests.

What are some interesting business opportunities you see in your region?

A business opportunity that I see in my region are lawn mowing because there are a lot of subdivisions.

What do youth in NL need to know about Youth Ventures?

Youth Ventures is such an amazing opportunity. It is an program for young entrepreneurs that provides guidance and support to run a business.

What is the most important thing people of any age who want to start a business need to know?

Do not be afraid to take a risk because you never know how something is going to turn out unless you try.

How can people get in touch with you if they’d like to talk about starting a business?

The address to my site is 221 Conception Bay Highway, CBS and my number which people can get a hold of me at is (709)800-7919. Also, if you see me out and about do not hesitate to come up and ask any questions that you may have!

Meet Your Coordinator: Shauna Field – CBDC Cabot

Meet Your Coordinator

Meet Your Coordinator is a series where we interview your Youth Ventures coordinators so that you can get to know them. We are back again for the 2018 Youth Ventures season, and today we have Shauna Field at CBDC Cabot in CBS.

What’s your name?

Shauna Field

What Youth Ventures site are you based out of?

CBDC Cabot

What are some of your favourite hobbies?

I love hanging out with friends, reading, camping and binge-watching TV shows on Netflix.

What’s your favourite movie?

Anything with Melissa McCarthy

What is your favourite band?

Zac Brown Band

What is your favourite restaurant?

Chinese food from just about anywhere.

Do you have any pets?

Yes! I have 2 pugs whose names are Shorty and Stumpy and 2 cats named Houston and Ricki.

What does entrepreneurship mean to you?

Entrepreneurship means innovation and people taking their interests/hobbies and turning it into a business.

What is the coolest business you heard of?

In Youth Ventures, there is a business on the southern coast which picks worms and sells them to fisherman.

What are you looking forward to most this summer?

Meeting new people, going to different events and helping people open up businesses and seeing these people make money from their hobbies and interests.

What are some interesting business opportunities you see in your region?

A business opportunity that I see in my region are lawn mowing because there are a lot of subdivisions.

What do youth in NL need to know about Youth Ventures?

Youth Ventures is such an amazing opportunity. It is an program for young entrepreneurs that provides guidance and support to run a business.

What is the most important thing people of any age who want to start a business need to know?

Do not be afraid to take a risk because you never know how something is going to turn out unless you try.

How can people get in touch with you if they’d like to talk about starting a business?

The address to my site is 221 Conception Bay Highway, CBS and my number which people can get a hold of me at is (709)800-7919. Also, if you see me out and about do not hesitate to come up and ask any questions that you may have!

Meet Your Coordinator: Rory Lambert – Choices For Youth

Meet Your Coordinator

Meet Your Coordinator is a series where we interview your Youth Ventures coordinators so that you can get to know them. We are back again for the 2018 Youth Ventures season, and today we have Rory Lambert at Choices For Youth.

What’s your name?

Rory Lambert

What Youth Ventures site are you based out of?

Choices For Youth in St. John’s.

What are some of your favourite hobbies?

I’m an actor and a writer so I enjoy reading, being creative, public engagement and performance.

What is your favourite restaurant?

India Gate!

Do you have any pets?

Yes! An orange cat named Barley who believes I only exist to serve his every cat wish.

What does entrepreneurship mean to you?

To me entrepreneurship goes hand in hand with creativity. It means examining yourself and finding out the things in life that you care about. Then figuring out a way to make a viable business out of those interests. Work is still work, but it can also be joy when what you do for a living is a living, breathing part of who you are.

What is the coolest business you heard of?

I often wonder who came up with the idea to put those plastic bits on the ends of shoelaces.

What are you looking forward to most this summer?

I’m looking forward to all the innovative ideas I’m sure my participants will bring forward and figuring out how I can help them achieve their goals.

What are some interesting business opportunities you see in your region?

Having worked in the tourism sector for nearly twenty years, I’m always amazed at how good we are, as Newfoundlanders and Labradorians, at celebrating our culture, heritage and finding new ways to engage visitors.

What do youth in NL need to know about Youth Ventures?

They need to know that entrepreneurship is an exciting way to engage with business in a creative and exciting way. That starting a business is really about what makes you unique and special and finding a way to share that with the world.

What is the most important thing people of any age who want to start a business need to know?

That you can do it!

How can people get in touch with you if they’d like to talk about starting a business?

Rory Lambert

Youth Ventures Program Coordinator

Choices For Youth

117 Ropewalk Lane

St. John’s, NL

A1E 3C9

709-730-4142

choicesforyouth@youthventuresnl.com

Meet Your Coordinator: Blair Penney – Metro Business Opportunities

Meet Your Coordinator

Meet Your Coordinator is a series where we interview your Youth Ventures coordinators so that you can get to know them. We are back again for the 2018 Youth Ventures season, and today we have Blair Penney at Metro Business Opportunities in St. John’s.

What’s your name?

Blair Penney

What Youth Ventures site are you based out of?

Metro Business Opportunities

What are some of your favourite hobbies?

I love to play sports, specifically baseball basketball and volleyball. I also enjoy weight training and listening to music.

What is your favourite band?

Hey Rosetta!

Do you have any pets?

My dog Abby who will be 14 this year! She’s a Jack Russell Terrier mix.

What does entrepreneurship mean to you?

Entrepreneurship to me, is the ability to be your own boss and also have the opportunity to do something you love for a living.

What is the coolest business you heard of?

This week I heard of a “rage room” which is a pretty interesting concept. Essentially people pay to enter a room with various tools such as a sledgehammer or baseball bat, and pay to destroy different objects to de-stress!

What are you looking forward to most this summer?

Working with Youth Ventures of course! Enjoying the sun will be nice as well.

How can people get in touch with you if they’d like to talk about starting a business?

Anyone between the ages of 12 and 29 should definitely come see me at 961 Topsail Road, email me at mbo@youthventuresnl.com or call (709) 738-1626