Oakland teen James Green, has a literal fix for sneakerheads everywhere. His company, “Fix My Kix,” connects consumers with shoe restoration artists and cobblers. Though he’s a successful social entrepreneur now, the 19-year-old didn’t always envision the path his life is on. “It pains me to think about my whole educational experience. I was told that I wouldn’t be successful, James says, “so for me it’s important we learn we can start a business. Thanks to your seed investments into The Hidden Genius Project and Youth Impact Hub James Green has gone from extreme poverty to making profits in the sneaker industry.
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17-year-old Jayden Cummings of Emeryville won the Congressional App Challenge in for his app iBlinkco. The app helps to serve the community by educating vendors on social media. Reflecting on his 3 year STEM education journey with All Stars grantee, the Hidden Genius Project, Jayden says, “Knowing I have mentors and black male figures which I did not have before is very important. It makes me feel comfortable to become the best that I can be.” In March, Jayden traveled to Washington DC in March to receive his award and showcase his app to congressmen and congresswomen.