Monday, May 18, 2015

After Finishing Her Homework, This 5th Grader Runs A Successful Nonprofit

After Finishing Her Homework, This 5th Grader Runs A Successful Nonprofit

Age doesn't matter when it comes to great ideas. This young lady proves it right here.

At seven years of age, Mandi Simon drafted up the business plan for her nonprofit. Over the next four years, 500 underprivileged children received birthday parties from the organization.

“I think it is really important for every kid to have one day, or at least a few hours, when it’s all about them and the celebration of their birthday,” says, Simon. “It’s important for kids to go to a different environment and be able to have fun with their friends– and know that someone outside of their family cares about them.”

The Jefferson Awards Foundation,named Simon a GlobeChanger, and helped Mandi grow Simon Says Give from a Minnesota charity into a global venture.

“I plan meetings around my school schedule and just try to balance everything and have a team of people that help me do things while I am in school,” she explains. “We have been asked to speak at a Rotary Club next week and I need to be at school that morning, so two of our team-members are going to attend for me.”

Mandi has personally attended 100 out of the 500 parties.

“The recognition of being a GlobeChanger has caught the attention of businesses and people that want to help us reach our goals,” she said. “My goal for Simon Says Give is to impact 2 million kids by the year 2022, so we need the support of corporate sponsors to help us do so.”

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