Young entrepreneurs participating in the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Children International’s “Mind Your Own Business” summer camp will sell their business products July 6, 11, and 13 to raise money for the anti-violence campaign, “Victory Over Violence.”
This is the 14th year of the program, which serves 125 Kindergarten through fourth-grade students, who are spending six weeks in the June 5 to July 13 summer enrichment program learning how to become entrepreneurs and developing their own products and business plans.
“Our goal is to eradicate poverty,” said Paula Rogers, program engagement manager at Children International. “If our youth learn how to empower themselves by becoming entrepreneurs, they can find a way to reverse their situation.”
Children International has seen success stories where some of the campers take what they learned in camp, developed websites, and made a profit by selling the products they created in camp, Rogers said.
Some of the products for this year’s sale include puzzle picture frames, CD case calendars, hand-painted notepads, wire people greeting cards, and paper Pandora beads.
The students will be selling their products from noon to 4 p.m. at the University District Farmer’s Markets on Thursday, July 6, and Thursday, July 13. The markets are held in the parking lot adjacent to University Plaza at the corner of Asher Avenue and UALR Campus Drive.
An additional sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. during the Downtown River Market Sale on Tuesday, July 11.
All proceeds from the sale will benefit the “Victory Over Violence” campaign. Launched by KARK and Fox16, the campaign focuses on covering crime responsibly and uniting community groups and leaders to reduce violent crimes through improvements in education, jobs, mentoring, and hunger.