Mikaila Ulmer used to sell lemonade from a stand in her neighborhood, using her grandmother's recipe. However, when she took her lemonade on the road, entering it in a entrepreneur program so she could expand her business, she was stung by 2 bees in one week. At first she was very afraid of the bees. To help her get over her fear of bees, her parents made her research bees and how they help the Earth. This is when Mikaila learned how important pollination is for our environment. This is when her business started to take shape! Mikaila knew she didn't wan to just take a nice drink for people. She wanted to spread the word about how important it is to save the bees. Mikaila likes to call herself a social activist as well because the name of her lemonade drink has significance for how everyone should treat the people around them. The lemonade is called Bee Sweet because she also wants everyone to know that you can be sweet and still be popular at the same time. Whole Foods recently bought the rights to sell Mikaila's lemonade for 11 million dollars. Awesome!
In school, Marley noticed all the books she was required to read featured either white characters or animals. There were no main characters of color in any of the books she was reading. Frustrated, Marley decided to start her own challenge. She created the #1000blackgirlsbooks challenge and began her quest to collect at least 1,000 books featuring main characters of color. As Marley collected books, people started to take notice and she eventually found herself on a daytime talk show, The Ellen Show, discussing how important it was for her to see characters in books that looked like her. This year, Marley has written and published her own book, with her own face on the cover, called Marley Dias gets it Done, and you can too!
When she was just 8 years old, Maya began selling beautiful knit scarves and eco-friendly hats using her own retail website that she built herself. She’s also an animator and a geek, and spends her time teaching kids of be entrepreneurs at any age.Bursting with ideas, she recently started a side nonprofit called
Maya’s Ideas 4 The Planet.