Monday – APRIL 15, 2014

RyanKellyOn the drive home from adopting Barkley, a 2-month-old rescue beagle, my mom and dad bought dog treats at a pet food outlet. When we opened the bag, the smell sent us all scurrying, our puppy included. That’s when I decided I was old enough (10) to know that my new best friend needed a better biscuit! I visited veterinarians, and began testing different flavor combinations, and experimenting in the kitchen with my mom. I found the most wholesome ingredients I could, and created my first batch of homemade treats, and this time, Barkley ate them up! I began pedalling my biscuits by bike to other dog owners in my neighborhood. Soon I had two- and four-legged fans howling for more. That’s how Ryan’s Barkery was born – a labor of love dedicated to creating my all-natural dog treats that pet owners would love to give as much as their furry friends would love to devour them. I think you and your dog will agree they are the very best, paws down!

Monday – APRIL 14, 2014

BlamtasticWhen Lily was just 10 years old, she was having trouble finding her lip balm. She said, “Mom, where’s my lip blam?” Lip BLAM? Brilliant. Lily’s mom said that would make a great name for a lip balm company. BLAMtastic® was born. Lily and her sister, Melanie, created their own personal care product line and started selling in the schoolyard and these young ladies have since taken an idea and turned it into a popular international brand. With help from features on Fox Business International, ABC, NBC and CBS News, Time, Seventeen, Girls Life and Parenting Magazines among others, BLAMtastic® and Baby BLAMtastic® products are now sold in more than 3,000 stores nationwide and are exported to South Korea, Canada and New Zealand. Her company is passionate about supporting issues that affect kids and families.

Lily loves working to grow her company. She enjoys traveling, sharing her story and supporting other entrepreneurs worldwide. She is a contributor to numerous entrepreneurial accelerators, including the Georgia State University MBA Program. She has a passion for riding horses as much as possible in her hometown of Atlanta.

Friday – APRIL 11, 2014

chris-gListen in as Todd talks to Chris Gladden the 18-year old entrepreneur and the inventor and founder of Kwik-Fix™, a mobile smart phone application that quickly connects homeowners to trustworthy repair companies.  Using skills he learned at St. Louis University, he found a need and filled it with the creation of Kwik-Fix. Chris is the winner of the Independent Youth ExploreAvision grant. Chris also pursues other hobbies, he has achieved Eagle Scout and Black Belt.  He volunteers at Country Acres Animal Rescue.  And he worked with Joan Kibberz to redesign and grow her social entrepreneurship, IBones, and implement it within a local school program.

Chris attends Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University through the Business Scholars program where he majors in finance and management with a minor in Chinese.

Thursday – APRIL 10, 2014


As Todd continues with the Independent Youth® On The Air™ program, he speaks with 14 year old entrepreneur, philanthropist, designer, artist, animator (I make animated short films), illustrator, and writer Maya Shea Penn about what it means to be a teen entreprenuer and her many artistic and philanthropic passions.

Maya Shea Penn is the  CEO of Maya’s Ideas, a company she started in 2008 when she was just 8 years old. She has been featured in Forbes®Huffington Post® Ebony® Redbook® FOX 5 Atlanta® Black Enterprise®, The NRDC, The Michael Baisden Show®, and many other publications. 10-20% of her profits go to causes that she is passionate about like: Hosea Feed The Hungry®, Atlanta Community Food Bank®, and many other great organizations. Maya Shea Penn is also a proud member of Independent Youth®

Wednesday – APRIL 9, 2014

CookTimeWithRemmiRemmi Smith is a TV and web host of Cook Time with Remmi® which is a health based cooking show for kids. Remmi is the author of Global Cooking with Kids. She is the national student ambassador for Health and Wellness for Sodexo. In that capacity Remmi works with over 500 Executive Chefs and her recipes are served in 4000 schools across the country. She has been named “Top 20 to Watch” by The Century Council and she is a speaker and Junior Board Member for Independent Youth®. She has been recently named Teen Mentor for a new online university called Thrive15 which provides edutainment for aspiring entrepreneurs. She also represents and promotes the No Kid Hungry effort in all of her work.

Tuesday – APRIL 8, 2014

IY_Promo_SNAP_300SNAP is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides athletic and educational programs to children with special needs. Listen as brothers Matthew and Zachary Certner work to pair an online, kid-friendly, e-learning series with hands-on modules that allow students to experience what it is like to have a disability.  Today, 1 in 68 children are diagnosed with Autism, and SNAP is working endlessly to spread awareness and to educate the youth of today. SNAP launched its education campaign on Indiegogo this April to expand their programs to reach classrooms across the United States. For more information, visit (, or click the Indiegogo link on SNAP’s homepage (

Monday – APRIL 7, 2014

Tanya Hamilton – Founder and Executive Director of Independent Youth® kicks off “On The Air” program and discusses what Independent Youth® is all about.|
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