Hi, I’m Chloe! I’m thirteen years old and I’m interning at Venture For America. Thirteen may seem like a young age to be interning, but I don’t think so. In fact, I think that younger people should become more involved by interning, especially with organizations that focus on entrepreneurship, such as VFA.
Now, as a teenager, I consider it my job to be sarcastic, lazy, and even a little obnoxious at times – eye rolling is a prerequisite. However, I also consider it my job to be informed on what’s going on in the world. What got me involved in this is none other than VFA. Before learning about the organization, I wanted to be a lawyer. Being a lawyer is a fantastic job, but it is a path that many college graduates take, along with becoming a doctor, or a financial advisor.
I still think being a lawyer would be a good fit for me – I’ve loved acting and debate since I was little, both of which are involved in law. Because of this, when my dad told me that I would be interning at VFA, I wasn’t too happy. However, I did some research. An hour and a couple of Wikipedia pages later, I ended up deep into articles about teen entrepreneurship.
Never before had I even considered becoming an entrepreneur. For one, I’m not a builder. Unlike my brother- who’s a wizard with Legos- I’ve never been good at making things, much less making something that’s my own invention. But then I looked deeper into entrepreneurship, and learned about teenagers such as Nick D’Aloisio. D’Aloisio created an app called Summly, which summarizes news and online content to make browsing faster and easier. I also learned about other kids like Debbie Sterling and Danny Mendoza. Sterling is the creator of Goldieblox, a toy that encourages young girls to learn about engineering, and Mendoza is the founder of Together We Rise, an organization that works to help foster children make their own choices.
After reading about them, I became motivated to do something as well. It doesn’t matter that I don’t know anything about coding or creating things. I can learn, have my friends help me, or even make something that doesn’t need to involve building- like a non-profit for children in need. The possibilities are endless, something that more young people need to realize, so they can learn take more chances.