Day 257: Social Entrepreneurs Changing the World
I love Social Entrepreneurs Changing the World. This impressive young man inspired my give today and I want to share his story. He is actual proof that Social Entrepreneurs Changing the World are important for all of us!
Last week I did a series on some very special kids from Kids Are Heroes. During that week I had the opportunity to meet (via Twitter) another very special young man by the name of Jason. At the age of 15, Jason has a remarkable bio. These are just a few of the impressive things he has accomplished the list goes on:
Started his own business at the age of 9
Ranked as one of Forbes Top 10 Role Models
Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2007
Young Philanthropist Award 2006
Donated over 2000 toy bears to a Children`s Hospital
Wrote his first book on being an teen entrepreneur
Jason started his own business at the age of 9 called Pencil Bugs. Since it`s conception he has always donated a portion of his proceeds from the business to charity. We should all be learning something from this remarkable young person!
Watch the video, read his story and share it in every way you know how. Email it, tweet it and FB. If you need to be inspired today I guarantee Jason will be the person to do.
Day 257: Give 257 Guest Post by Jason O`Neill
Even the smallest contribution, whether it is monetary, in the form of gifts, or the gift of time can make a big difference in someone else’s life.
I never dreamed that I could have made such a positive difference in other people’s lives as I have up to this point. I am fifteen now and started my business, Pencil Bugs, when I was nine years old. Pencil Bugs are hand crafted, bug-like pencil toppers that come on top of a #2 pencil, individually packaged with a Certificate of Authenticity. From one simple idea, my business expanded into multiple products. In 2010, I also became a published author with my business book, “Bitten by the Business Bug: Common Sense Tips for Business and Life from a Teen Entrepreneur.” Through public speaking and many interviews, I am able to share my story and inspire others.
Since the beginning of my business, I have always donated a portion of my proceeds to children’s charities. The first few years I donated to a local foster care agency. As my business grew, I realized I was able to help out kids in other ways. I set up a program with Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego, California to buy toys, games, books, and I also donated my Pencil Bugs products. In addition to that, I have held an annual fundraiser to buy teddy bears for the kids in the hospital at Christmas. In 2009, with the support of many people around the world, we raised over $5,000 which was enough to buy 1800 teddy bears for the kids. 2010 wasn’t as successful, in part due to the economy, but the hospital appreciated our efforts just the same. I will be starting my 2011 teddy bear fundraiser for Rady Children’s Hospital in July. Please check my website for details and how you can help.
Giving and helping others can become a good habit. If kids learn how to do this when they are young, hopefully it will carry into their adulthood and make the world a better place for everyone. Having Young Social Entrepreneurs Changing the World will inspire other kids.
Time Commitement: For Jason giving is a way of life
Cost: A portion of each sale for his business is donated