Students learn entrepreneurship skills with Y.E.S Project

Catonsville, Md - Here at Sweet Pea Day Spa for Kids in Catonsville, it's all about relaxing and treating yourself.  The clients are young.  They range in age of four to 14 years old.

Kids receive everything from manicures to pedicures, facials and massages.  Owners at Sweet Pea recently kicked off the Youth Entrepreneur Spotlight Project to promote youth business.

"They see the benefit of creating something for themselves, generating income for themselves and recognizing there are organizations in the community that could benefit from their financial support and giving," said Angel Hill, Co-owner of Sweet Pea Day Spa for Kids.

10-year-old Aliyah Thompson has a company called "Aliyah's Sweet Rings."  She makes colorful rings and sells them at $4 a piece inside the Spa.

"I started to make these rings because I usually get my charm bracelets from here. I thought maybe if I make rings  then other girls can get bracelets and my rings at one place," said Thompson.

The Y.E.S Project is an opportunity for students like Aliyah to earn money while supporting causes that affect the community.  Owners of Sweet Pea require students to make a donation of at least 10 percent to a charity of their choice.

Sweet Pea also matches their donation up to 100 percent.  The program works out well for Aliyah because her future plans include opening up a business.

"I would like to run a daycare and with being an entrepreneur you can control your own destiny. I thought in my daycare center, I can control my own destiny.  I don't have to have a manager control me and tell me what to do," said Thompson.

Aliyah donates a portion of her earnings to the Casey Cares Foundation.  If you are a student between the ages of six and 14 and would like to participate in the Y.E.S Project, log onto   http://www.sweetpeadayspaforkids.com  for more information.

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