Young Entrepreneurs

David expressed an interest in the Lone Star Leadership Academy from the day he received the nomination packet. From that day on he knew that he was going to have to work hard to raise the money that he needed to attend this program. David explained that he had been nominated for the Lone Star Leadership Academy and requested any odd jobs that would be possible for an 11 year old. David had community leaders give him odd jobs in their businesses. He mowed lawns and did other yard work. Community members donated cans and scrap metal. Within a month's time, David had raised his tuition to attend the academy. It was a lot of hard work, but he did it.

He used money he earned over the years doing chores and earning good grades.

My daughter earned funds to participate by cleaning office spaces for a local company once a month. They gave her $200 the first time to clean really good and then $50 each month after that. She put the money in her savings account until the payment was due each time.

My son raised most of the money for the trip by working for his parents and grandparents. He applied the money he received for his birthday and his FFA project to the cost of the trip. He felt more pride because he earned almost all of the money it cost himself.

Tristan created his own flyer called Triscuiteen Rabbit Service and distributed it around the neighborhood. Neighbors hired him to water their plants while they were out of town and move trash cans to the curb weekly. A realtor had him hang door hangers to help market his business. He also helped a friend who lives on a farm for the day with horses and chickens and mowing the lawn.

Our daughter has generous family members that paid for her camp in return for babysitting and physical labor on an ongoing basis.

My daughter held a bake sale. She baked the cakes, all from scratch, and sold more than 60.

My son, along with his classmates, held a t-shirt fundraiser. They sold Texas home and Texas born t-shirts for $15 each ($10 profit per shirt) to help offset the cost of the camp. He knew how much the camp cost and how much he needed to raise to pay for the camp. The t-shirts were a huge hit and the accountability was a great lesson for him!

My son raised money for the camp by selling donuts and lemonade at our local park.

My child made and sold bracelets to fund her camp.

My daughter and her fellow camp participants raised most of their tuition through bake sales and a fundraiser meal. They were inspirational in organizing and being actively involved with these events.

We did a couple of garage sales to help with the camp cost.

We had a raffle and a garage sale and setup a booth at the flea market. We also had some sponsors who donated. It was a great experience.

We have a snow cone concession stand so we raised money for camp that way.

My daughter's troop sold Girl Scout cookies to raise the money.

We did a Thirty-One fundraiser and it worked great! We also did a garage sale.

We had a 50/50 raffle which helped a great amount to cover the cost of the tuition. With that, and a donation we received, we did not have to pay out of pocket. As we sold the tickets we explained what the academy was about and all the different sites she would see and that it was an educational experience.

We had a movie night at our school and it helped raise funds for the leadership camp.

My son knew we couldn't afford to pay for the program so he decided to sell chips, coke, Gatorade, and food at his dad's soccer games. He raised half of his trip money.