Kidpreneur running a financial literacy non profit - 'The Dream Chasers Club'
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The Dream Chasers Club
By Yashika Khurana and Mary Olson
ST LOUIS, MISSOURI, USA. APRIL 12, 2020. Oliver Wendell Holmes, one of the great American supreme justices, is famous for saying, "One's mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions."
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Our story is about a young entrepreneur whose ideas are too big to let her sleep. Meet Chase Simmons, aka The Kid Investor, a 10-year-old CEO of The Dream Chasers, empowering children to dream big and chase their dreams until they catch them.
Chase is a gifted 4th-grade student of Kennard Classical Jr Academy in Saint Louis, USA. She is blessed with a prodigious mind to grow and guide others to follow to their passion continuously. Until the age of five, Chase studied at home. Her homeschooling seeded the idea of The Dream Chasers.
Her home study curriculum included financial literacy. As she studied and grew, she realized that other young children did not know about financial literacy, and schools did not teach finance. So, Chase decided to impart the much-needed knowledge of financial literacy to her friends and peers.
She formed a non-profit company in 2018 - The Dream Chasers Financial Lit Club, with the help of her mother Tamara M. Robinson as the cofounder. She also manages The Kid Investor LLC, which manages investments. This business was established a year earlier in 2017.
Chase saved all her money from birthdays to monetary gifts she received for straight A's on report cards for three years. She invested this money in installing three candy vending machines and started Candy Girl Vending LLC as her first business. Today, 20 % of the profit made from sales from these vending machines apply toward organizing workshops for the club. Chase believes that money is not just a tool; it's more than just earning and spending. So, she created this unique space for kids to learn all about money.
The workshops are tremendously successful. Volunteers actively participate in the club's forum where children are taught about invaluable concepts of money management. These workshops hold a broad application and scope.
The biggest challenge for Chase is getting the parents to recognize the value of financial literacy and to encourage their kids to participate in workshops. In hindsight, she should have been more active on social media to expand her reach to a wider audience. She is looking forward to writing a book and conducting more sessions to spread awareness. The Dream Chaser's agenda for 2020 is to establish an online platform as a digital hub where young minds will develop financial literacy
When we asked Chase about her future business plan, she said, "It's how do you want to live. I want to live healthy, wealthy, and give to the poor." She certainly reflects a maturity and ethos far beyond her age. The drive to help people add value to their lives keeps her buckled up.
Chase Simons has been honoured as a medalist of the 'Young Entrepreneur Award' by Made Moguls and is a recipient of the prestigious Young Biz Kidz award. She was also featured in IVY Magazine April 2019 issue.
She has experienced many obstacles during her journey, only to remind herself of her strengths and kept herself focused and motivated. Sharing her valuable tips with all the aspiring young entrepreneurs, Chase says, "Dream big and never give up on your dreams."
Chase finds her inspiration from her dad and admires Robert Kiyosaki, an American businessman, and author. "They both share quick-wittedness when it comes to money," says Chase. Her formal mentors are her parents and wants to get Robert Kiyosaki, or Kim Kiyosaki to become mentors.
Sharing her valuable tips with all the aspiring young entrepreneurs, Chase says, "Dream big and never give up on your dreams."
Even though her schedule is packed with study and work events, Chase manages to find some time to play tennis and Nintendo Switch. She also spends some moments with puppies and reading books, playing Monopoly, and reviewing Robert Kiyosaki's Cash Flow 101. She loves music. Currently, she is reading the titles, 'The Go-Giver' and 'The Dream Giver.' Motivational YouTube videos and podcasts help her effectively get through the workweek.
Chase is a gem at heart. She loves to share her knowledge with children and food with the needy. She firmly believes in Walt Disney's quote: "If you can dream it, you can do it."
And, to all our readers, Chase wants to say. "If you are thankful, do share what you have."
Yashika Khurana is our lead contributing writer. She is pursuing her BTech degree from Maharaja Agrasen Institute Of Technology, Delhi,India. Roshan Shah is an Advisor to teenivo inc. Mary is Chief Editor of Media Group and Advisor Teenager Startups. She is pioneer of high-value branding, media, marketing, & tech driven businesses.
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