Being a teenager isn't so hard. At least, not if you have a good idea, a business proposal, and some financial backing. Teen entrepreneurs are popping up faster than acne these days. No longer are teens concerned with dating and being popular. Not when you're the creator of an Internet design company at age 12.
High schools across the country are starting teen entrepreneur clubs in hopes that students will harness their creativity, and there are even classes in entrepreneurism in middle schools. Kids are turning boring summer jobs like mowing the lawn into landscaping businesses and baby-sitting into day-care centers. In its first survey of kids ages 8 to 18, YoungBiz, a teen business magazine, found that the four highest-earning moguls had six-figure incomes. Michael Dell of Dell Computers started his company at the wee age of 19, and now, in his early 30s, he is the youngest billionaire on Forbes magazine's list of the richest people in America. No doubt, access to the Internet and the rise of computer-savvy teens has a lot to do with kids wanting to be their own bosses. If you have an idea and you're interested in learning about personal finance, business ownership, social skills, and community involvement, Lafayette Hart Park (2851 NW Eighth Rd., Fort Lauderdale) offers a Teenpreneur Club for ages 12-21. The club meets every Friday at 5 p.m. Call 954-778-0106. -- Audra Schroeder
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Hey, Little Red Riding Hood
Puppetry gets hairy
The Puppetry Arts Center of the Palm Beaches (1200 S. Congress Ave., #36, West Palm Beach) has a thing for the classics. And its Little Red Riding Hood puts a new twist on an old favorite. If you look at the story, and countless other children's stories, they're actually kind of creepy. A wolf dresses in drag to seduce a young girl in Little Red Riding Hood. And what about Hansel and Gretel? A witch lures two orphans into her house with candy and then throws them in an oven! That's traumatic for any kid to read. But this production promises "a much nicer version that won't scare the kids," complete with affable hand puppets. Show starts at 11 a.m. Call 561-967-3231. -- Audra Schroeder