Moorhead, Minn. (July 8, 2015) – Today this year’s national Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA) winner Kayla Abramowitz visited our community.
Kayla presented her non-profit organization, Kayla Cares 4 Kids, at 1 Million Cups for Chamber Day and Kid’s Day this morning at The Stage at Island Park. She also shared her experience with YEA and how it helped launch her organization. After her presentation, Kayla received the second-ever standing ovation at a Fargo 1 Million Cups event from the crowd.
Kayla is 13 years old and lives in Palm Beach Garden, Florida. She created Kayla Cares 4 Kids to collect and donate entertainment and educational materials, such as DVDs and video games, to hospitals. Her organization has donated over 6,000 items to hospitals in 45 states so far.
At 2 p.m., Kayla stopped by Sanford Children’s Hospital, as well as the Ronald McDonald House at 3 p.m. to make a delivery of donated items that include video game consoles, video games and DVDs. She met a current Sanford Children’s patient, a 4-year-old boy, and let him pick which video game to play first. She said that when she sees kids’ faces light up when they get the items, it “makes her world go ‘round.”
Chuck Armstrong, the chief legislative officer for Pawn America, met Kayla at the national competition in Washington, D.C., and because of the relationship that formed, he now serves as ambassador for Kayla Cares 4 Kids in the four-state region here. He collected and delivered all the items for today’s donations.
This trip is Kayla’s first to North Dakota. “People say Fargo is a little town, but when you come here, it’s much more – it’s a big community,” she said. “I think that is amazing. Honestly if I had to, I would definitely stay in Fargo.”
Andrea Abramowitz, Kayla’s mom and CEO of Kayla Cares 4 Kids, added: “We’re grateful to the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber for bringing us here to talk about Kayla Cares 4 Kids, to excite the community about new Young Entrepreneurs Academy that’s going to be starting up and to help people connect and see how people can help one another business wise.”
The Chamber’s Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA) is the first YEA program in the state and one of few in the region. YEA is a national non-profit that partners with Chambers across the country to help young entrepreneurs start their business from the ground floor. To end the year, YEA holds the Saunder’s Scholars finals competition at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business Summit.
The Young Entrepreneurs Academy Fargo will begin in September and applications are still being accepted. If you have any questions about the program or are interested in learning more, please contact Elly Peterson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 218.359.0512.
The Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce is a bi-state, regional federation of more than 2,100 private, public and non-profit member firms representing more than 98,000 people. The largest local chamber in North Dakota and Minnesota, The Chamber advocates for a strong metropolitan community and supports the interests of its members, which are located in Cass and Clay Counties and beyond.