Girl Scout and entrepreneur, Kennedy Cole, may only be 14 years old, but she is well on her way to achieving her dreams! Kennedy recently applied to be a part of the Steve Harvey Disney Dreamer’s Academy. After submitting her application, she soon found out that she had been selected! As part of the Dreamer’s class of 2016, Kennedy will have the opportunity to network with fellow young entrepreneurs, participate in career workshops, and attend motivational talks. Kennedy has shared her application with GSCM and we invite you to read more (below) about Kennedy and her Krafty Kreations.
If you were asked by Steve Harvey to tell your story, what would your story be?
My name is Kennedy Cole. I’m 14 years old and I’m the CEO/Owner of Kennedy’s Krafty Kreations. Krafty Kreations is a handmade jewelry business owned and designed by me. Krafty Kreations started when I was working on my Girl Scout Bronze Award. I made snack bags for families in Sarah’s House (transitional housing) in Forte Meade, MD. The snack bags allowed the families to have a snack after 5 p.m., when the kitchen was closed. I also had to raise money to make the snack bags. One day, while I was at the store with my mom, I saw foldable water bottles. So, I bought some and took them to school with me the next day. My friend said “That’s a cool water bottle . Can I buy one from you ?” By the end of the week, everyone in my English class had bought a water bottle, and I had raised enough money to make snack bags for the children at Sarah’s house. Just from selling water bottles, I knew I wanted to be an entrepreneur.
Describe an experience or person in your life that had a big impact on you. Discuss the experience and how it has affected your goals for the future. Describe how you would be different if this experience or person was not a part of your life?
My dreams after high school are to go to college in New York, where I’ll major in business and fashion jewelry design. After graduating, I want to own a jewelry store in New York. Designing fashion pieces will help me gain exposure and hopefully I will be able to showcase my gift on the runway during New York City’s fashion week. The Disney dreamers academy will help me make those dreams come true by surrounding me with people that can give me advice and guide me in the right direction.
What are your dreams after high school? How will Disney Dreamers Academy help to make those dreams come true?
Completing my Silver Award with the Girl Scouts is an experience that has had a big impact on my life. As a teen, I had to contact business owners to help sponsor a Back to School carnival. The money I raised went towards school supplies for the children in Uganda. I had to bring business associates that I’ve built relationships with together to make my vision work. The business associates who came helped out by running carnival games, collecting donations, and making sure everything ran smoothly. I also had small business owners come out and showcase their products and services. Towards the end, everything came together for the carnival and the children in Uganda were able to receive their school supplies. This project made me believe that with hard work and determination, I can do anything !