Editor’s Note: Each month, Sun-News spotlights young entrepreneurs participating in the Cruces Kids Can – Jr. Vendor Program. The Kids Can Program expanded opportunities for program participants by participating in the “Artist, Crafters and Creators Bazaar” at Mesilla Valley Mall. This new program is open to all young people who want to develop their entrepreneurial skills while sharing their unique products with the Las Cruces community. To participate in the Messilah Valley Mall Kids Can Pop-Up Market, vendors must have previously attended one of the following events: After School Programs, Summer Camp Programs, and Business Fair & Contest Events.
Grade and school: 5th Grade at Desert Hills Elementary School
Favorite subject and why Mathematics is my favorite subject. Because you can learn how to work with numbers and solve equations.
What do you want to be when you grow up? I want to be an architect and interior designer. I also want to have my own architectural firm.
What is your hobby? I like making art, building structures, dancing, baking and singing.
Trade name: GA Architect
where did the idea come from? My company name comes from my initials and my goal is to become an architect.
How did you get your inspiration? I was inspired by the goal of having my own business one day.
What motivated you to start your own business? I wanted to sell my art and do what I love.
product: My products consist of paintings, jewelry boxes and pen holders.
Product description: My paintings are inspired by the things I see around me every day. I like to be organized, so I make jewelry boxes and pen holders.
How long does it take to make your product? It usually takes 2-3 weeks to complete the item.
please explain the process: In my paintings, I usually start with a sketch. Then choose a color. Finally, draw and sign your own work. The jewelry box and pen holder are made out of popsicle sticks. Place and glue the sticks. Then draw a picture and sign it.
What is the price of your product? Each of my paintings is $10.00. My jewelry box and pen holder are $5.00 each.
How can I contact you if I am interested in your product? I designed a business card with a phone number and a business email. The phone number is 575-323-1366 and the email address is [email protected]
How long have you been involved with KidsCan? I attended the 2022 Summer Camp hosted by the Kids Can program in June. Since then, we’ve been attending monthly pop-ups at the Messilah Valley Mall.
What’s your favorite thing about attending the Kids Can Pop-Up Market at Messilah Valley Mall? What I love about being part of the Kids Can program is that you can sell your own artwork and learn how to run a business.
April Christensen is the founder of the community action agency Kids Can Youth Entrepreneur Program. For more information, please contact [email protected] or call 575-680-6766.
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