Makin’ Lemonade is our new blog series where we interview Youth Ventures participants on what inspired them to start their business, their biggest challenges, their successes and their dreams for their ventures.
Today we are chatting with Jessie, Madison and Vinn from Camp Ohana based in Corner Brook, NL.
What is your business name?
Tell us about your business.
Coming June 2018, the first LGBTQ+ summer camp in Western Newfoundland run by youth for youth, for members of the community, and alies alike! This camp will be a great opportunity to meet other youth in the community, learn how to be more involved in the community, and have fun doing it!
Why did you start your business?
We decided to start Camp Ohana due to the lack of resources and support in Western Newfoundland for the LGBTQ+ community. Outside of St. John’s there are no camps like the one we will be hosting!
How did Youth Ventures help?
Youth Ventures believes in us and what we can do. They have helped us make connections with people we would have never met otherwise!
What is your dream for your venture?
Our dream is to see youth empowered in all aspects of their lives and their communities. We hope that Camp Ohana can help provide them with a foundation to become leaders in their own communities.
What do you enjoy most about owning your own business?
We love being able to be the change we want to see!
What were the greatest challenges in getting started?
Financial aid has been our greatest challenge. We hope to charge a reasonable price so that all youth have the opportunity to attend Camp Ohana.
What has been your biggest success so far?
Our biggest success has been our media coverage. We appreciate the help that local radio stations and newspapers have given us.
Do you have any advice for future entrepreneurs?
Don’t let anything hold you back! If you have a good idea, then go for it!
What’s next for your business?
Fundraisers to help us lower our costs for youth who wish to attend Camp Ohana!
Check out Camp Ohana’s feature in The Western Star: http://www.thewesternstar.com/news/local/2017/7/24/west-coast-trio-developing-a-summer-camp-for-lgbtq–youth.html
To learn more about what Youth Ventures can do for you, check out our website http://www.youthventuresnl.com/get-started/.