Meet Mikaela, the 13-year-old from McDonough, Georgia. She was inspired by other kids doing cool things with their lives, so she decided to start her own sock drive for a cause. That sparked the idea of a conference to spread confidence and positivity for girls like her. Read on to see what Mikaela has accomplished.
WHAT ACTIVITIES ARE YOU INVOLVED IN?
I play the trumpet in my middle school band. I play chess too.
DESCRIBE YOUR IDEA OR PROJECT THAT YOU ARE WORKING ON.
Brown Girl Magic just had a very successful conference on May 7th and so many girls and families came out to support and be part of a fantastic day. There were motivational speakers, a kidpreneur panel, and it was a day filled with inspiration and lots of love! It was amazing. We have had great feedback and people were really inspired.
HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THIS IDEA?
I started Brown Girl Magic because I was reading a book called Chicken Soup for the Preteen Soul and saw some amazing kids doing great things. I wanted to do something too so I started sock drive called Mikaela's Crazy Knee Socks for a Cause. It was really successful. But I also wanted Brown Girls like myself to feel good about themselves because there is just so much negativity out there. That's when I thought of Brown Girl Magic and a way to bring girls together to meet and I wanted to have a conference. I wanted to uplift and empower Black and Brown girls, especially those who have an issue with self-confidence.
WHAT CHALLENGES HAVE YOU FACED SO FAR AND HOW HAVE YOU OVERCOME THEM?
There are challenges with getting the word out but we've worked hard connecting with people on social media. There are always challenges with finding funding and we're working on connecting with companies that align with our mission to help girls of color activate their inner magic.
WHAT ARE SOME GOOD THINGS THAT HAVE HAPPENED SINCE YOU STARTED YOUR IDEA?
Since I started Brown Girl Magic, we've gotten a lot of attention from news outlets and even a major sponsor of my very first event. Curls is a haircare company and they provided gift bags for the hundreds of girls there. We also have lots of people asking us to bring Brown Girl Magic to their city.
WHAT DO YOU STILL NEED HELP WITH FOR YOUR IDEA? HOW CAN WE SUPPORT YOU?
In order for us to cut costs, we need sponsorship money so that we can continue to do workshops throughout the year with girls. We can change he world one girl at a time, but girls need access to these opportunities and money shouldn't prevent them from being a part of the MAGIC.
WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR YOUNGER GIRLS THAT HAVE AN IDEA THEY WANT TO MAKE HAPPEN?
Just go for it. You'd be surprised how many people will support your idea because you had the courage to live out your dream. At least try.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE OR MANTRA?
"Love somebody. Just one person. And then spread that to two. And as many as you can. You'll see the difference it makes." -Oprah Winfrey
WHAT IS YOUR ULTIMATE DREAM JOB?
I would love to work in television as a host or a radio host.
If you know a girl with a story like Mikaela's, nominate her to be our next featured Idea Girl!