One of my favorite things to do is speak at colleges and schools throughout New Jersey and last year I had the priveldge of visiting a school in Newark, NJ. I was a guest speaker at the school and got to meet and greet all the kids and the wonderful staff. It was such an amazing day, they toured the Fashion Fix van, we talked about entrepreneurship, what designers they like and they asked me some really funny, interesting and cute questions. We ended with them telling me what they would like to be when they grow up. I shared about many things, including how I grew up, the obstacles I faced as a teen, my first job in fashion, and how I managed to save money as a kid, to ultimately opening my first clothing store. I loved every minute I got to spend with them.
One thing I learned that day is that not every kid gets to go home to the perfect family situation. Some kids have a struggle when they leave school and being at school is a safe, secure and fun learning environment for them. Kids need role models and people to motivate and inspire them. Unfortunately in today’s society the people whose stories make it to the press or in the media may qualify as “anti-role models” so it’s nice to reach out to kids and inspire them even if it’s in a small way.