The I Am Young America Fellowship Program matches six of tomorrow’s civic entrepreneurs (ages 16 to 24) with current under-35 led startups to fellowship in Detroit for one year.
A thrifty revolution is starting right here in our own backyard. Your “trash” could soon become someone else’s treasure as thrift, vintage, and consignment stores continue to sprout up around Detroit. THRIFT on the AVE, Eldorado General Store, Savvy Gents, and Detroit Clothing Circles are a few of the most recent. All of them with their own unique take on resale.
Husband and wife team R. Christopher & TaNisha Prater and their business partner Jessica Glen, all started out in different professions before their foray into entrepreneurship. Their backgrounds, ranging from healthcare to hospitality, led to feelings of discontentment as they were ready to embark on something new. Their joint venture THRIFT on the AVE solved that problem, providing them a new, exciting career and offering thrifty Detroiters a nontraditional, upscale resale experience.
32-year-old Erin Gavle combined her love for travel and her knack for treasure-hunting into her business, Eldorado General Store in Detroit. The boutique carries a unique assortment of vintage and found curiosities from her life travels. She’s a former New York City advertising executive who left her cushy job and moved home to Detroit to pursue her entrepreneurial dreams. She took the risk of uprooting her entire life to find peace of mind doing work that doesn’t feel like work at all.
I dropped out of college a few years before starting I Am Young Detroit in 2009. I left school early to move back to Detroit and join the workforce. I just couldn’t with school anymore. I loved design and enjoyed learning, but wasn’t feeling the traditional classroom setting that college offered. I was a mover and was always in need of motion, anything other than sitting down at a desk drowning in monotony. I admired my friends who thrived in college, but it just wasn’t for me. I hated the routine.
Tonight NPR, WDET, and Michel Martin are bringing together some of the Detroit’s most innovative chefs, performers, artists and craftsmen at The Carr Center for a live, on-stage conversation that explores the many challenges and triumphs they’ve encountered while striving to redefine life in Detroit.
I Am Young America has been invited to participate in a live twitter discussion during the event with NPR, local thought leaders, and you! Join us Thursday, May 21st at 7 p.m. ET, using hashtag #MotorCityDrive.
I Am Young America launches this June! Want to join our team and share young entrepreneur profiles from your area? I Am Young America is putting out a special call for Lead CitySpotters! If you’ve got strong photography skills, an excellent eye for design and are inspired by the next generation of entrepreneurs, read on.