My name is Sarah, and I am thirteen years old. I have always had a desire to start a philanthropic business venture and the determination to make a difference in the world. I want to leave my mark on the world, and not just say that I am going to: I am committed to keep trying until I have made the greatest impact I can create.
Around the age of eight, I introduced my friends the idea of creating a bakery business. I decided to call it SLSWEETS. Every kid I asked volunteered to help, since, who would not want to at that age? Unlike most kids my age, I took it very seriously. That week, I created a website using a free online design platform. The day after, I went to a party. Of course, I walked around proudly with my newly created site on a tablet. Little did I know that showing the website would get me my first official order, and lead me on a path to sell thousands of dollars of sweets!
I received the order online, and was ecstatic that my dream was finally coming true! After baking, I decided that I did not need the earnings. I knew that many other people needed the money more than I did, so I told my mom that I was going to donate 100% of all of the order (and all of the orders I would receive in the future) towards charity. This led me to think that: if everyone helped make a difference, even with something as tiny as a cupcake, wouldn't the world be a much better place? That train of thought was just the beginning to my new goal: Fixing The World One Cupcake At A Time.
For each order, I picked a different charity that I believed would flourish by being donated to by SLSWEETS. Many orders came, leading me and my team of expert volunteers (my friends) to experiment with ice cream cakes, doll cakes, chocolate covered fruits and cookies, moon pies, buttercream flowers, and many other delicious sweets. Then one day (at age eleven), I was watching TV when a commercial appeared about a crowdfunding campaign website called Booster. I searched online to learn more about it, and then learned that you can create clothing items with designs, and sell them to raise funds and awareness for charity. I decided to create a campaign (with my mom's "permission." I say "permission" because she did not realize what it would become later, and just wanted me to go away so she could do work). The charity I decided to have the sales go towards was the Hereditary Disease Foundation. My aunt has Huntington's Disease, so I wanted to help her, and individuals with similar diseases. I opened a Booster campaign with two shirts (you can see the campaign on booster.com/slsweets), and told my family about the campaign. Later that day, I went to my aunt and uncle's house and told them that I did not think that sales were coming fast enough and that none of the news broadcasters were responding to my emails. I decided to call the first place I emailed: KTLA. Within five minutes, I described my campaign, and they told my uncle they would be at his house to film me in thirty minutes. My family was astonished that such a thing could be happening. This was when people started to take me seriously and think that I could possibly make a difference. I was broadcasted, which led in a high increase of sales. I was invited by a boutique on a busy street to stand in front their store to advertise my efforts, leading in another big sale increase. My mom allowed me to use her Facebook page to contact different Huntington's Disease and Hereditary Diseases webpages, leading to later connections and even more sales. I ended up selling 129 shirts, raising $2,000!
After the amazing success of the shirt campaign, I continued to fulfill many orders for baked goods. In early 2015 (at age twelve), Booster contacted me to ask for me to be a part of their Kids Making A Difference initiative. This was for kids with previous success through Booster to create another campaign. I was thrilled and replied yes, deciding that for the next campaign, I would sell tote bags. I also decided that for this new campaign, I was going to focus on my aunt's disease and donate to the Huntington's Disease Society of America (HDSA). This led to emails and conference calls with Booster and HDSA, which just added to the excitement. This time around, even more people spread the news to their family and friends leading to 114 bags sold and $2,620 raised. And as if the success of the campaign alone was not enough, HDSA invited me to become their 2015 Team Hope Walk Ambassador. It was such a humbling and compelling experience that I have grown so much from. Not only was I able to say a little welcoming speech, but I also had a cupcake stand to raise even more funds for the amazing cause. I ended up selling 300 cupcakes!
Then, I was fortunate enough be on the 2015 Jewish Journal Mensch List, and have an article written about what I have done. This is when is became clear to me that it started as a dream, but became something even better than I could have ever imagined. Now I know that if you follow your dreams and put in tons of hard work, you can do anything!
Thank you so much for taking a look at the SLSWEETS website! It truly means a lot to me! Feel free to contact us about anything, and please join me in Fixing The World One Cupcake At A Time!
Charities SLSWEETS has supported:
Other Links and Information:
Booster campaign (2014, age 11; 2015, age 12):
KTLA Interview (2014, age 11):
Jewish Journal Article and Mensch List (2015, age 12):
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