Being diagnosed with Asperger’s as a child, Jessica wanted to create a comic book series to make Autism easier to understand. Growing up there was no one in books or on television that reflected Jessica’s life and so One Piece Missing was born.
In 2014, Henry Burner was 11 when he started selling buttons online—the kind you pin to a shirt or jacket. Sales climbed quickly. Within a few years, his firm, Buttonsmith, had expanded into lanyards, magnets, and other doodads, and gross revenue crossed $1 million. It’s grown into the multimillions since.
A Smithers teen has been keeping busy during the pandemic by starting her own business. Fifteen-year-old Ana Stavast has started making and selling lip balm at the Out of Hand store.
Eion Jackson, a junior at Hudsonville High School, is using his time during the coronavirus pandemic to grow his apparel business. Launched nearly two years ago, Jackson, 17, owns and operates JCKS Apparel. He designs T-shirts, sweatshirts, jogger sweatpants, hats and other street wear with the recent addition of protective face masks.
In the midst of the pandemic, Emily Hewlett has opened her own food truck called Sweet Tails and Treats, and there is no shortage of customers. Emily has been baking for her family since she was just 10 years old. She’s won baking contests and now is serving up her own creations. All the fried pastries are made in-house and so far, it’s the cheesecake crepe that been in highest demand.
For most teenagers, high school, extracurriculars and entering adulthood are plenty to deal with. Megan Schussler does all of that — on top of running her own baking business.
Monty Walker, 13, made 25 face shields with his teachers at Shiplake College for AB Walker, which is run by his father Julian and has nine branches including one in Reading Road, Henley. While none of the branches is open to the public, the staff still visit care homes and hospitals to collect the dead and have to wear masks, gloves, aprons and face shields to ensure they do not contract covid-19.
“At City Health Tech, our overarching mission is figuring out how can we get these devices in every place ever and figuring out how to be accessible,” Alinur said. “I think a big part of that will be working with corporate sponsors to fund having these devices in places where people may not be able to afford them. I think it is always important to talk about the people who are not in the room and the global and diverse communities that are out there.”
With his business @225_gloves, Phillips sells gloves to players and collectors across the United States and in Venezuela. He also is a brand ambassador for Round 2/The Athletes Marketplace and Steelo Sports Glove Company, according to a school news release. Phillips also gives teammates advice about buying gloves and even volunteers to break them in.
“I feel like I’ve gotten what I’ve needed and wanted, and they don’t get what I get to have,” Layla said of her desire to help homeless people. “I care about them because we’re all people and we all need certain things and sometimes they can’t get what they need.”