“My name is Legacy, so I decided why not start one,” says 11-year old Legacy Clemens. Along with her mother Loria Clemmons Stairs, Ms. Clemens is a co-founder of Legacy’s Flavors, a Bed-Stuy business that is one of the winners of the NYC Boss Up award program, funded by donor Ron Moelis and administered by FJC.
A healthy alternative, Legacy’s Flavors offers ices and ice creams without artificial flavors, colors, and dyes. “There isn’t a lot of exposure to healthy options, so I decided to try and make a change.”
Spectrum NY1 News featured a story about Ms. Clemens, who was one of ten winners of the Boss Up competition, which provides $20,000 grants to help entrepreneurs living in New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) residences to build and grow their businesses. The program has received a commitment of $1 million over five years from donor Ron Moelis. FJC is administering the program through a Scholarship & Award Account.
The NYC Boss Up initiative was inspired by a report from the Center for an Urban Future, “New York’s Untapped Entrepreneurship Opportunity,” which identified a significant increase in the number of NYHCA residents reporting business income in recent years.
“It’s empowering people who don’t have access to the same friends and family that some of us do,” says donor Ron Moelis. He expects to fund up to 10 companies each year for the next five years.
As Legacy states at the end of news story, “My biggest hope would be to inspire other kids to start a business, and maybe the world will be full of kid entrepreneurs.”