We are excited to flip the script with this story! Introducing the 2020 Star Coordinator Award winner, Sofia Kabir.
Here’s Sofia’s story…
In the Beginning
Sofia is from Stephenville, Newfoundland and joined Youth Ventures in 2013. Sofia was actually a participant from 2013 to 2016 with her own business, Boutique Nails. When the job opportunity to be a Youth Ventures Coordinator came across her desk, she felt like she had the right amount of skills and experience to help the next generation of youth take charge of their dreams!
Life as an “Entrepreneurial Fairy”
The young entrepreneurs that Sofia speaks with regularly are enough of an inspiration themselves, however there are a few business ideas that tend to pull on the heart strings.
One example of an inspiring business that shifted into a charitable approach during the global pandemic is 3D Portrait Prints. “They have been printing ear protectors for face masks and they have been giving them to local businesses and hospitals for FREE.” recalls Sofia. The compassion of the youth helps to demonstrate the true meaning of paying it forward.
Leadership, Growth, and a Bright Future
During the day, you can typically find Sofia helping the youth in our province in one capacity or another. Of course, she helps inspire future business moguls to turn their talents and hobbies into a business, but there is so much more.
Sofia says that Coordinators are a major part of the startup process, including “picking the name, designing a logo, marketing and advertising, and helping get their product or service to the consumers.”
Being Inspired and Paying it Forward
Sofia believes that Youth Ventures plays a significant role in shaping the future of our province in a home-grown manner. This program helps to educate on the world of entrepreneurship and “that you don’t need to go out of the province for work,” Sofia shares excitedly. “Which not only makes our economy stronger but it makes our province stronger as well.”
To reflect on Sofia’s time with Youth Ventures, when asked what her message would be to those considering becoming a Coordinator, the messaging was very clear: “Youth Ventures is an amazing opportunity for everyone. You get to meet many inspiring youth along with an amazing team of Coordinators from all across the province.”
Talk about inspiring!
Thank you for sharing your story, Sofia, – your Youth Ventures family is proud to continue supporting you as you pursue your future goals!
Stay tuned for the next Success Story. Until then, let’s keep makin’ lemonade!