Alina is an idea girl from West Bloomfield, Michigan. At 11-years-old, Alina created a business selling lollipops that also help prevent tooth decay, while 10% of their profits go to support oral health education in schools. She's appeared on Shark Tank, Good Morning America, and Extraordinary Kids. She took some time out of her busy schedule to answer a few questions with us.
DESCRIBE THE IDEA OR PROJECT YOU ARE WORKING ON.
Zollipops and 250,000 Smiles Initiative is a cause-based business to help reduce childhood tooth decay and help more kids and parents smile. Smiles have amazing powers and with Zollipops we can help more people smile.
HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH YOUR IDEA?
I went to the bank with my Dad and the teller offered me a sucker. I knew too much sugar was not good, so I declined. But I do LOVE candy so I asked if we could make a lollipop that was good for you. I must have asked 100 more times, and then researched how to make one and what ingredients to include.
WHERE CAN WE FIND YOUR PRODUCTS?
Zollipops are available at Kroger, ToysRUs, Whole Foods Market, Amazon, and other trusted retailers. You can even get Zollipops for your entire school, just have your teacher sign up here.
WHAT CHALLENGES HAVE YOU FACED SO FAR AND HOW HAVE YOU OVERCOME THEM?
People have doubted me sometimes because I am a kid, but I know we are doing something good and making a difference.
WHAT ARE SOME GOOD THINGS THAT HAVE HAPPENED SINCE YOU STARTED YOUR IDEA?
We have helped more kids and parents smile and reduced the risk of tooth decay with thousands of kids across America.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE OR MANTRA?
Work hard, try, believe & never give up!
WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR YOUNG GIRLS THAT WANT TO MAKE THEIR IDEAS HAPPEN?
To work hard, try, believe and never give up and to be true to yourself and your idea.
WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE HOBBIES?
Singing, acting, and dancing.
If you know a girl with a story like Alina's, nominate her to be our next featured Idea Girl!