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Young Entrepreneur Scholars Offers Kids a Taste of Starting Their Own Bakery

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Newswire – Young Entrepreneur Scholars, an innovative new learning program created by high school junior Kailey Perkins, is helping children discover their business side through cooking, cupcakes, teamwork and fun. Kailey, 17, cooked up the program to give middle school kids in underserved New York communities a taste of what’s involved in entrepreneurship by starting a bakeshop filled with delicious goodies.

Kailey, who attends The Chapin School, says motivating children has been easy despite the pandemic. “When you offer fun activities, like starting a bakery, kids are open to learning anything, even fractions,” she laughed. “We’re proud that 250 students have completed both our ‘in person’ program and virtual sessions during the pandemic.”

Giving back isn’t new for Kailey, who was volunteering to assist the elderly at 10-years-old. “With the support of my mom (Leslie), charitable work has always been super important to me.” Which is why she began thinking about starting her own nonprofit. “I didn’t know what type of charity I wanted to organize, then it struck me. I loved to bake and work with children, so why not combine baking with some key ingredients needed to start a new business.”

Kailey threw herself into the project, developing a fun, interactive, team curriculum covering a variety of topics, including brainstorming, logo creation, pricing, advertising, community PR and market research, plus a dash of math to calculate bakery costs.

Next, she created and assembled colorful totes with generous portions of supplies needed for a bakery start-up, including opportunities for creative expression; a chef’s apron ready for decorating, fabric magic markers, a bountiful supply of stickers, packages of icing and food coloring, homemade sugar cookies, candies and sprinkles for decorating. Every child also receives a Young Entrepreneur Scholars Certificate of Completion and a surprise gift.

While Young Entrepreneur Scholars focuses on underserved communities, Kailey has also been invited to teach the program as part of other organizations’ educational offerings, including Southampton Fresh Air Fund, Little Flowers and Encourage Kids. Here’s a sample of the feedback she’s been getting: “The kids enjoyed the activities so much that all they talked about was about the designs on their aprons and whose cookies looked and tasted the best, and two members are interested in opening their own business.”

Kailey says that Young Entrepreneur Scholars is poised for continued growth. “It means so much to see children having fun working together and learning on Zoom, so we’ll be continuing the program throughout the school year. We may even start sending totes to various organizations nationwide and conducting our sessions virtually.”

She added that when normalcy returns to New York, “We’ll go back to teaching students how to bake in person, holding bake sales and participating in community activities. For now, we’re thrilled that we can contribute to a child’s education and enjoyment despite COVID-19.”

For more information, visit http://young-entrepreneur.org

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Cultural Sector in Estonia gets 42m Euros aid

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The film sector will receive 5.3 million Euros, of which 3.3 million Euros is earmarked for cinemas and film distributors | Photo: Matheus Bertelli

The Estonian government has announced a supplementary budget, with 42 million Euros set to be allocated towards culture.

Earlier in March, the cultural sector submitted a proposal to the government on a crisis exit strategy, which was signed by 335 organisations from the cultural and creative industry. Representatives from music, arts, performing arts, museums, folk culture, literature, film and cinema emphasised in their joint proposal that culture has a significant impact on both the economy as well as the population’s mental health. The proposal included both short-term and long-term initiatives and an outline of the needed crisis package, which would help culture survive in the current situation and recover afterwards.

Half of the 42 million Euros supplementary aid package will go to cultural events organisers, including funds allocated to support cultural events organisers, the music sector, several museums and performing arts establishments.

The film sector will receive 5.3 million Euros, of which 3.3 million Euros is earmarked for cinemas and film distributors. The remaining 2 million Euros goes to film productions.

A separate fund of 6 million Euros, aimed at providing security for international cultural and sports events, is also part of the supplementary aid budget for the cultural sector.

Meanwhile, Estonia and several other countries across Europe remain in lockdown with cinemas as well as other cultural institutions closed at least until mid-April 2021.

Photo: Matheus Bertelli

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World Record Parachute Jump to Benefit Climate Refugees

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In 2017 Tomasz Kozlowski jumped 48 times in one day, raising funds for Polish sufferers of serious illness

Jump for the Planet, a record-breaking event will see Polish daredevil Tomasz Kozlowski attempt to break the current world record for the highest parachute jump previously held by Felix Baumgartner and Alan Eustace.

Seven years after it was last attempted, the psychologist and mountain rescue expert plans to break the record by freefalling from the stratosphere at a record height of 45km (148,000 feet), as part of the Jump for the Planet crusade raising funds and awareness for climate refugees.

According to Oxfam, natural disasters caused by climate change force people to abandon their homes at three times the rate of armed conflicts. The number of “climate refugees” is estimated at a quarter of a billion in the last decade.

The 2022 jump will be live-streamed globally from cameras on Kozlowski’s suit as he attempts to become the fastest non-powered man in history, exceeding terminal velocity and the speed of sound to reach over 1500 km/h (930 mph).

Jump for the Planet includes a series of charity activities raising funds to finance modular buildings that can be readily transported to places affected by cataclysms and assembled into homes, schools, dormitories and more. Eighty percent of each modular home is built from recycling abandoned sea containers and plastic waste and powered exclusively by renewable energy.

Jump for the Planet is supported by the Pho3nix Foundation, a non-profit organisation focussed on promoting physical activity as a way to improve children’s health and inspire them to follow their dreams.

Kozlowski is no stranger to breaking records. In 2014, he recorded the highest parachute jump in Europe (10,735 meters). After the resulting publicity, he realized he could go for more than just records.

“I decided that if I jump again, if I do something difficult and extreme, I will use it to support people,” he says.

In 2017, he jumped 48 times in one day, raising funds for Polish sufferers of serious illness. In 2018, Kozlowski successfully jumped 100 times in one day, raising enough to purchase over 100 specialized wheelchairs for children in need.

Kozlowski’s latest charity was borne out of fears for his children’s future. “In 20-30 years, the climate will be completely changed. We don’t know what we’re doing to our planet.”

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Swarovski Foundation launches sustainability grant for young creatives

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Selected grantees will receive financial support to further their practice in arts and fashion

The Swarovski Foundation has announced the launch of Swarovski Foundation Institute: Creatives for Our Future, a new global grant program designed with advisor the United Nations Office for Partnerships to identify and accelerate the next generation of creative leaders in sustainability.

SFI: Creatives for Our Future has a four-week open call to all creatives worldwide aged 18 to 25 from disciplines including fashion, design, art, architecture, science, technology and engineering – with no limit to creative medium. Successful applicants will have a keen interest in, demonstration of, or exemplary potential to use the creative process to accelerate awareness, technologies or solutions for sustainable development. The Swarovski Foundation aims to draw in a diverse pool of applicants from across the globe and bring new voices and perspectives to the creative process.

Selected grantees will receive financial support to further their practice. The funding is paired with an educational program in collaboration with top international institutions, tailored mentorship and industry networking connections with guidance from the Swarovski Foundation. Grantees will be provided support to develop the innovations and practices outlined in their applications and drive progress toward the Decade of Action to Deliver the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The grantees will be invited to present in September 2021 around the high-level segment of the UN General Assembly.

Application and program details can be found on www.sfcreatives.org. Worldwide applications will be accepted from March 9th to April 9th, 2021. Successful grantees will be announced on April 21st to coincide with UN World Creativity and Innovation Day.

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