Recently I was scanning through Facebook and came upon a post by Discount Jewelry and Loan for a contest. This stood out to me because it was for young people and in support of helping a young person start a new business this summer. I love this idea and reached out to the manager, Edward Best to find out a little more about the contest and why they are running it.
Here is what he told me:
The idea came to me one day when I was listening to a customer tell me how worthless he thought this generation had become. I remembered back when I was a kid hearing adults tell me that our generation was worthless and that we didn't want to do anything. That was the farthest thing from the truth in my eyes. I don't believe that any child or generation is worthless and this is a way to prove to all of the detractors that there are good, hard working young people out there that want to work and make something of themselves. My kids are now 12, 10, and 10. I want their generation to be known as the generation that worked for what they have, not the generation that depends on everyone else to do everything for them, I feel that is the way most people view their generation. My son wants to enter the competition, I told him that he could write the business plan and essay but he couldn't enter the competition, we shall see if he goes through with it or not.
I wanted to do this because I want to prove to everyone that hard work can pay off. After announcing this competition I got an email telling me how much they appreciated something like this. He also told me a story about a young boy that started his lawn service when he was 14 years old. That young adult turned that lawn service into the largest lawn service in the Shreveport/Bossier area, then he turned that into the largest lawn equipment service in the area as well. Those are the types of stories I would like to hear from a young man in 30 years that possibly won this competition.
His answers really touched me and I want to help spread the word, not only for his business but for all of the kids in the community that he believes in and I do as well. We can't seem to give kids a break, if they do something they are whining and if they don't they are lazy. The fact is that they are our future generation and we need to support them and guide them along with welcoming their individuality and allowing them to think for themselves.
If you have a child between the ages of 12 and 16 that would be interested in this contest here are the details and you can go to their web page for more information.
Dates-March 27th-April 30th
Requirements-Entrants must be between the ages of 12-16. A minimum 250 word essay is required. A detailed business plan including ways to grow their business over the years to come is required. The winner will be selected by a panel of judges that consists of local politicians, community leaders, and myself. The contestants are to bring their business plan and essay into the store before the deadline. At that point they must sign a waiver giving us permission to use their material for marketing purposes.
Thank you Edward for believing in our kids in this community and for doing something to give one of them a chance to learn and grow as a person.