Promoting Youth: Teaching Great Entrepreneurial Skills

Author Bio: Lisa DiVasta is a married self-employed working mom with three high school aged children.  She has her undergraduate degree in Marketing from UMass/Boston and an MBA in Accounting from Boston University.  She is passionate about helping all youths succeed. Lisa’s youngest son has Asperger’s, and as her son approaches college age, she has discovered a lack of scholarship opportunities for such students and believes in the need to encourage youths with Asperger’s to further their education.  Therefore, a portion of the proceeds from all future events will go to a scholarship fund to be awarded to students diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome who will be furthering their education after high school such as trade school, community college, etc.

It all started when Lisa’s daughter Beni and her “second” daughter Catherine wanted to raise money for a school trip. They were selling handmade hair ties and wanted to sell the items at a craft fair.

All the craft fairs that they attended that fall were full of adult vendors. That’s when the idea for a youth craft fair was hatched and Promoting Youth started taking shape.

Lisa approached the Duxbury Art Boosters and ran the first craft fair with all the proceeds to benefit this worthy group. This inaugural event had 63 youth craft tables from 14 towns and 2 states and over 1,000 shoppers!  Now she is running craft fairs and other events promoting youth on the South Shore and beyond.

What is a youth arts & crafts fair?

It is a craft fair where all the crafters/artists are youths between the ages of 9-19.  The youths get to showcase their talent, sell their products while also learning business and people skills.  It is amazing to see the transformation in the kids and teenagers confidence, speaking and selling skills.  The youths are provided with a brochure on “How to Prepare for a Craft Fair” written by Lisa DiVasta, Promoting Youth founder.

The Youth Arts & Crafts Fair will have a variety of handmade items including tote bags, hair accessories, pet items, jewelry, home accessories, greeting cards and so much more.  The items are reasonably priced with products starting at $0.50.  It is the perfect place to purchase affordable gifts.  A great place for all ages to find the perfect unique gift for siblings, parents, grandparents, teachers, babysitters and pets.

The Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair by Youth is on Saturday, December 7th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  The event is being held at Duxbury High School gym and cafeteria, 130 Saint George St., Duxbury.  Handicap accessible.

There is still limited space available for youth crafters, registration forms can be found on the website at http://www.promotingyouth.org/#!sign-up/c1moz.

For additional information visit www.promotingyouth.org or Promoting Youth on Facebook for daily crafter announcements.  Contact Lisa DiVasta at lisa@promotingyouth.org.  Advertising space is still available.

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