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Francophone kids cash in on Young Millionaires program

At the recent closing night for the 2017 jeunes millionnaires program in Abram-Village. From left are Stéphane Blanchard, who handed out certificates to three of the participants: Jane Carragher from The Doggy Den/Le Salon de chiens, Gabrielle Gallant from "Emily and Gabrielle's Arts and Tie-Dye" and Jaden McInnis from Yeti's Freezies.
At the recent closing night for the 2017 jeunes millionnaires program in Abram-Village. From left are Stéphane Blanchard, who handed out certificates to three of the participants: Jane Carragher from The Doggy Den/Le Salon de chiens, Gabrielle Gallant from "Emily and Gabrielle's Arts and Tie-Dye" and Jaden McInnis from Yeti's Freezies.

A group of young P.E.I. francophone entrepreneurs are $7,000 richer after participating in the Young Millionaires program this summer.

Twenty four kids participated in the program by starting their own businesses, learning valuable skills and being mentored by adult business leaders. The youth came from Charlottetown, Summerside, Evangaline and West Prince.

The kids created and sold a wide-range of products through 18 businesses, including: treats and snacks, toys, arts and crafts, scented “bath bombs”, bar clams, tie-dyed T-shirts, fire starters, dog clothing and accessories, herbs, lipstick, stress balls, hotdogs and hamburgers, pastries, plaques for hanging medals, decorations and chickens.

"Some sold their products from their home or at public locations such as farmers' markets but a majority attended festivals, carnivals, celebrations and events all over the Island," said Stéphane Blanchard, youth development officer with RDÉE Prince Edward Island.

"It is always so enjoyable to see the ingenuity of our young participants, as much in the choice and preparation of their products as in their ways of displaying them to the public."

RDÉE Prince Edward Island delivered the francophone Young Millionaires program this year.

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