This 12-Year-Old CEO Runs a $150,000 Business

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We could all learn a lot about business and life from Moziah Bridges.

In the past three years, while his classmates were doing homework and playing sports, Moziah Bridges built himself a $150,000 business.

That’s right–he started his business when he was 9 years old. Not yet a teenager, Bridges now has five staff members and has received a ton of media attention, from an appearance on the TV show Shark Tank to features in O magazine and Vogue.

“I like to wear bow ties, because they make me look good and feel good,” Bridges writes on his website. “Designing a colorful bow tie is just part of my vision to make the world a fun and happier place.”

Ever the fashionista, he’s reveled in style from a young age. At four years old, Bridges wore a suit and tie whenever possible and insisted on dressing himself.

Want to know more about Moziah Bridges and how this kidpreneur started his business? Click here!

Children Helping Children!

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Some people devote their lives to causes greater than themselves.  And for many that devotion comes late in life. But Craig Kielburger discovered it early.  He was in 7th grade when the death of a boy changed his life. It was a change so profound that, through Kielburger, it has now saved and transformed other lives all around the globe. In that moment, 19 years ago, Craig Kielburger was struck by a profound truth –something as important as changing the world can’t be left to grown ups.

Craig Kielburger: Kids are looking to get involved. They’re searching for it. And in an era where, you know adults often are looking for meaning and purpose in their lives, kids also want to assert who they are, not just by the videogames they play or the peer groups they belong to, but by the contribution they make. And that’s part of a youth self-identity in the world. And not only is it good for the child, my God, our world needs it.

Read more about Children Helping Children here.

Zimmer Featured in L.A. Parent’s April Issue!

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The Zimmer was featured in L.A. PARENT’S April issue! The article talks about the winners from our Random Acts of Kid-ness Award ceremony at ZIMMERPALOOZA 2014!

Our Museum Director, Julee Brooks, says it best: “We wanted to honor these young people who are making such selfless contributions.”

Check out the awesome picture of Actress Holly Robinson Peete with the RAK Award winners Itai Pedowitz, Dylan Siegel and Bella Yadegar! CONGRATS! 😀

Check out the rest of the issue here:
http://laparent-valley.digitalparenthood.com/Vizion5/viewer.aspx?issueID=38&pageID=1

Teen to Government: Change Your Typeface, Save MILLIONS!

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An e. You can write it with one fluid swoop of a pen or one tap of the keyboard. The most commonly used letter in the English dictionary. Simple, right?

Now imagine it printed out millions of times on thousands of forms and documents. Then think of how much ink would be needed.

OK, so that may have been a first for you, but it came naturally to 14-year-old Suvir Mirchandani when he was trying to think of ways to cut waste and save money at his Pittsburgh-area middle school.

It all started as a science fair project. As a neophyte sixth-grader at Dorseyville Middle School, Suvir noticed he was getting a lot more handouts than he did in elementary school.

Interested in applying computer science to promote environmental sustainability, Suvir decided he was going to figure out if there was a better way to minimize the constant flurry of paper and ink.

Read more about Suvir’s findings here and also check out his video interview with CNN! 😀

This Adorable 3-Year Old Girl Will Give You The Lesson Of A Lifetime

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Little Emily is not your typical child. She decided to cut her golden brown locks by the age of three and give it to kids with cancer who have lost their hair.

When her parents suggested the idea to her showing her pictures of children with no hair and that her hair could be turned into a wig for a child with cancer, Emily happily agreed.

Her Uncle Matthew who is a hairdresser, was about to cut her hair but she insisted that her Dolly’s hair must be cut first, so he did. She may be young but she definitely has an old soul.

Share this post and video if little Emily has inspired you because she has definitely inspired us!

Can Emotional Intelligence Be Taught?

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Wade’s approach — used schoolwide at Garfield Elementary, in Oakland, Calif. — is part of a strategy known as social-emotional learning, which is based on the idea that emotional skills are crucial to academic performance.

“Something we now know, from doing dozens of studies, is that emotions can either enhance or hinder your ability to learn,” Marc Brackett, a senior research scientist in psychology at Yale University, told a crowd of educators at a conference last June. “They affect our attention and our memory. If you’re very anxious about something, or agitated, how well can you focus on what’s being taught?”

For children, school is an emotional caldron: a constant stream of academic and social challenges that can generate feelings ranging from loneliness to euphoria. Educators and parents have long assumed that a child’s ability to cope with such stresses is either innate — a matter of temperament — or else acquired “along the way,” in the rough and tumble of ordinary interaction. But in practice, Brackett says, many children never develop those crucial skills. “It’s like saying that a child doesn’t need to study English because she talks with her parents at home,” Brackett told me last spring. “Emotional skills are the same. A teacher might say, ‘Calm down!’ — but how exactly do you calm down when you’re feeling anxious? Where do you learn the skills to manage those feelings?”

Read more about this article here.

Kind Kids Club!

A first grade classroom in Fresno, California inspires their entire school, The Starr Elementary School, by starting the KIND KIDS CLUB where kids do 10 random acts of kindness and share it with their classmates.

“Not only are their academics important to me, but that emotional and social growth is extremely important. I think it’s magical to watch those kids’ faces when they’ve done something for somebody and see their response when they get the fact that they are giving something and their not getting anything in return, but they’re still so excited. I think that is just incredible.” – Marceen Farsakian, Teacher and Kind Kids Club Founder.

Watch the video above to see what random acts of kindness projects they came up with!

“BE MY FRIEND” for Valentine’s Day!

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Today is Valentine’s Day! See how a mother encourages both of her sons to scrawl three words on each of the cards they hand out to their classmates or just say throughout the day: be my friend

Aimee Thompson says, “I know those three words can be even more powerful than, and even repair any damage done by, those four other words. And, maybe just maybe, those same kids will one day be more quick to say be my friend instead.”

“I know it’s just the wish of just one mom, but I’m still going to try to make sure our Valentine’s Day wishes always include: be my friend. And, I welcome you to do the same.”

Read the rest of this inspiring article here to find out how Aimee Thompson came about this wonderful idea!

BE KIND. A simple message, yet a most powerful one!

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Car magnets bearing the simple message, “Be Kind,” have sparked a lot of curiosity in the San Fernando Valley. They’re the latest brainchild of the Embrace Kindness Mission, a unique program created by parents and supported by the administration and faculty of North Hollywood’s Laurel Hall School, a private school affiliated with Emmanuel Lutheran Church.

The parents who founded the initiative say the program was inspired by “negative peer relationships” and bullying among students. Instead of just telling kids what not to do, they thought, why not inspire them to “be kind” to others, replacing negative behavior with positive?

Read the rest of this article here.