The scene at the Atlanta Botanical Garden on Sunday, July 31 was a joyful sight to behold.
Kids and adults alike found inspiration and a chance to embrace their creative side at Kid Talks, an event hosted by Mashable in partnership with American Family Insurance.
The event featured five kid speakers sharing motivational stories and tips about their success at a young age.
Jaylen Bledsoe, Moziah Bridges, Amber Kelley, Asia Newson and Mikaila Ulmer took the stage to pass along pint-sized pieces of wisdom. Each kid speakertheir ages range from 11 to 18is a remarkably accomplished young entrepreneur, with ventures that range from a YouTube cooking show to an IT consulting business.
One of the main goals of the event was to inspire both kids and adults to take a leap of faith and fearlessly pursue their dreams, both professionally and personally.
“American Family Insurance is proud to help bring this event to life in partnership with Mashable,” said Emily Adler, media manager for AFI. “We believe Kid Talks is an inventive, inspirational way to spread the message to Dream Fearlessly; these young, bright minds are living, breathing proof that kids have the ability not only to dream big, but to actually accomplish big things at a young age.”
“You’re never too young to start achieving your dreams, to get into the things that you love,” said Mikaila Umber. The 11 year old knows a little something about achieving dreams: Her business, Me & the Bees, is an award-winning lemonade that’s now sold in Whole Foods stores.
Along with the actual Kid Talk speeches, the event featured a variety of Creation Stations that encouraged attendees to tap into inner wells of creativity. Some of these activities included a Meditation Station, teaching participants to cut through the clutter in their heads and embrace a zen mindset, and a terrarium-building station.
“I hope that the kids who came to this event take away that if you have a dream, you should go for it,” said Amber Kelley, teen chef and star of her own YouTube show, Cook with Amber, and one of speakers at the event.
Another speaker at the event, 13-year-old Asia Newson, who is known as Detroit’s youngest entrepreneur and is CEO and cofounder of Super Business Girl, echoes the sentiment that kids and adults alike are in charge of crafting their own destiny.
“Entrepreneurship is so amazing … I think young entrepreneurs bring bravery to the table. Being an entrepreneur is very hard, but it’s fun at the same time. It’s great for other young people to see,” she told Mashable in an interview.
“Children have sort of an innocence about them. They’re not held back by fear. That’s something that adults can take away because sometimes we’re not so apt to take that same plunge kids will,” said LaShawn Williams, one of the parents in attendance at the event.
To peek behind the magical scenes at the Kid Talks event, watch the video above for a few snippets of the day.