Harlem teens get business advice from Nick Cannon, place third in national pitch contest


NEW YORK, June 6, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The Nick Cannon Foundation, Inc., in conjunction with Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs in public schools nationwide, held its 7th annual National America’s Teen Mogul (ATM) contest at Southeast Queens, NY. Previous ATM pitch competitions have taken place at San Diego, Los Angeles, ChicagoCC, Miamiand Charlotte. The event took place on Friday, June 3, 2022at the Auditorium of the Excelsior Preparatory High School in southeastern queens.

The competition, open to young people across the country, is designed to expose young people aged 12-19 to global career and entrepreneurial opportunities available in growing medium-skill employment sectors. A recent commissioned report found that growth employment sectors in New York include healthcare and information and communication technology. The competition encouraged students to explore global opportunities in all high-demand sectors.

More than 15 teams of students across the country from 9 school districts participated in business plan and career readiness training workshops leading up to the grand finale. Team remind me of Eagle Academy for young men from Harlem took 3rd place, with $2,500 cash prizes, in the very competitive competition. The reMind Me team presented an iOS application designed to combat and treat procrastination which is linked to mental health problems like anxiety, ADHD and depression and their effects: lack of energy, motivation and disconnection.

1st place the price of $10,000 was awarded to Team Alattis, Mission Bay High School, San Diego Unified School District, who created a modern hybrid virtual video conferencing solution. The teen tycoons invented the product after hearing legitimate concerns about the lack of hybrid meeting technology, seeing how virtual students are being ignored in hybrid meetings, and watching teachers/students struggle to learn with software. conventional videoconferencing (short video clip: https://youtube.com/shorts/kkZyYwR9fFs).

“I was truly blown away by the level of ingenuity and creativity of these teenagers,” said Nick Cannon.

Bothn/a place the price of $5,000 went to Team AppaRent, from Canyon Crest High School to the San Diego one San Dieguito Union School District. The AppaRent team created a customer-to-consumer retail business offering an instant online clothing rental service targeting marginalized communities. The Foundation rewarded Rodney Orjidirector of the Excelsior preparatory secondary school, with the 2022 NCREDIBLE Administrator Award and San Diego Unified School District CTE teacher, David Westwith the 2022 NCREDIBLE Teaching Partner Award.

“Wells Fargo is a proud sponsor of this event because we understand how critical financial education, entrepreneurship and innovation are to a growing and thriving economy,” said Catherine Domenech, Vice President, New York Community Relations at Wells Fargo. “By supporting the Nick Cannon Foundation and its students, we are helping to play a key role in ensuring that the next generation of innovators and community leaders have access to the resources they need to succeed.

The ATM Competition is held annually to connect business partners with students and teachers to develop a strong foundation for America’s economic future. Students present the products they make and the business problems they solve in collaboration with members of the local business community. Past projects have included biomedical solutions, game design applications, automotive innovations, photographic art and robotics. Over 900 students, industry professionals, mentors, volunteers, guest speakers and parents attended the event in queens.

“It’s critical that we create sustainable opportunities for today’s youth to explore careers in vocational and technical education and middle-skilled employment,” said Selvena N. Brooks-Powers, majority board of New York.

In addition to the generous support of Nick Cannon, the ATM contest was sponsored by Wells Fargo Bank, JFK International Air Terminal (JFKIAT), and Sugar Factory Restaurant. Media inquiries can be directed to [email protected].

Ronnie Highsmith
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SOURCE Nick Cannon Foundation, Inc.


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