This 13-year-old from Virginia is finally giving kids a space to blog about travel, food, products, and more. Meet Ayonnah, the brains behind YaYaStars. Between being super involved at school, she loves to travel and write about her experiences. Read on to learn a little more about Ayonnah and her idea.
WHAT ACTIVITIES ARE YOU INVOLVED IN?
I am the Student Council president at my school, on my school’s basketball team, involved in our History Club, Ensemble Orchestra, National Junior Honor Society, STEM Club, Coding Club, technology team, and I run track and field. Some of my favorite hobbies are playing basketball, blogging, playing the guitar, ukulele, violin, double bass, reading, cooking, and learning about aeronautics.
DESCRIBE YOUR IDEA OR PROJECT THAT YOU ARE WORKING ON.
YaYaStars is a kid-friendly place where people can write about their experiences traveling, eating, or using certain products. Yaya is my nickname given by family and Stars refers to the rating system.
I am currently working on my book! It is going to be about the diversity in STEM jobs because I feel that their is a lack in children’s books showcasing the diversity and importance of STEM.
HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THIS IDEA?
In fourth grade, my friends and I all traveled to the Blue Ridge Mountains. Naturally, we all had different experiences there and we all wanted to share it with others. I then thought that it would be a great idea to have a place where kids can have their own space to blog because kids opinions matter too! And that is how YaYaStars was born.
WHAT CHALLENGES HAVE YOU FACED SO FAR AND HOW HAVE YOU OVERCOME THEM?
The biggest challenge that I have faced with having a business is balancing sports, academics, and being an entrepreneur. This is why I am very excited about this summer because I have so much time to really focus and improve my business.
WHAT ARE SOME GOOD THINGS THAT HAVE HAPPENED SINCE YOU STARTED YOUR IDEA?
Being featured in Huffington Post, Time for Kids, Washington Post, and more were all amazing things to happened since I started YaYaStars. Along this journey I have also picked up a lot of beneficial skills. I have gotten a lot better at speaking in public, grown more into what I want for a business, and became a lot better at photo editing!
WHAT DO YOU STILL NEED HELP WITH FOR YOUR IDEA? HOW CAN WE SUPPORT YOU?
It would be amazing if you can help me publicize my book when it comes out. Also, I attend an annual STEAM conference where I mentor elementary school students and demonstrate easy to do and fun science experiments.
WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR YOUNGER GIRLS THAT HAVE AN IDEA THEY WANT TO MAKE HAPPEN?
You never know the outcome of your idea unless you try. It may sound generic but seriously, if you are willing to put in the time and effort, do it!
WHAT IS YOUR ULTIMATE DREAM JOB?
My ultimate dream job is to become an aeronautical engineer and an international CEO so I can help others in more countries.
If you know a girl with a story like Ayonnah's, nominate her to be our next featured Idea Girl!