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Our ExCEL Youth Ambassadors are advocates for youth entrepreneurship and leadership. They support the vision and mission of The ExCEL Youth Mentoring Institute by being positive role models to their peers, displaying strong leadership ability and sharing about entrepreneurship and encourage other youth to start a business and become social leaders.

Gabrielle Goodwin
Te’Lario Watkins II
Chante’ Whisonant
Terise Ashley Smith
Jeremiah and Joshua West
Viviana Maciel de Souza
Tyreece Pressley
Zandra Cunningham
Alejandra Stack
Kenadee Pitchford
Keaton I Anderson
Chef Jeremiah
Aniyah Burke
Angel Moore

Gabrielle Goodwin

Gabrielle Goodwin is President and CEO of GaBBY Bows. She and her mom invented the Double-Face Double-Snap Barrette by GaBBY to save families time, money and frustration. Solving the age-old problem of disappearing hair barrettes, the Double-Face Double-Snap Barrette is engineered to prevent hair slippage and won’t slip out of the hair.

GaBBY launched and began selling barrettes through its online store at gabbybows.com in February 2014. In just two years of operations, GaBBY has filled online orders to 45 states across the U.S. and in eight countries. GaBBY Bows are also sold in 25 select retail stores in South and North Carolina.

GaBBY's story has been featured in The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Free Enterprise Magazine, The State, Augusta Chronicle and Atlanta Journal-Constitution, on a number of television stations including WIS, WLTX, WACH Fox, NBC 26 and ABC Columbia and through a host of online media platforms. She will make her national television debut on FOX “The Real” the summer of 2016.

Gabrielle was named a 2015 South Carolina Young Entrepreneur of the Year, the youngest to ever receive this award. She and her mom were also named as one of 15 national finalists for the 2015 U.S. Small Business Administration InnovateHER Competition and a 2016 SCORE and Sam’s Club American Small Business Champion.

Nine year-old Gabrielle is engaged in all aspects of the business, from inventory to speaking to schools and community groups and helping with sales taxes to writing thank you notes to every customer who orders barrettes online. GaBBY aso hosts the GaBBY Play Date to teach girls in children’s shelters about entrepreneurship.

Gabrielle loves to read and dance and is a 3rd grader at Escolores Magnet Academy at Harbison West Elementary School where her favorite subjects are science, math and language arts. Gabrielle, her parents Mike and Rozalynn and little brother Michael live in Columbia, SC.

Te’Lario Watkins II

Te’Lario Watkins II is an 8 year old mushroom farmer. He began his mushroom business after a Cub Scout project ended when he was 7 years old. Te’Lario began selling his mushrooms at local farmers markets, restaurants and small grocery stores. Te’lario has been featured in local publications i.e. Edible Columbus, Columbus Parent Magazine and This Week Newspaper. Since, Te’Lario has been dubbed the youngest farmer at several Farmers Markets, he caught the attention of several market coordinators and was asked to share his story and business on local TV stations. He has appeared on several local TV stations, 10 TV, NBC4 and Fox News 28. Te’Lario also had the awesome opportunity to share his mushroom business with Mr. Steve Harvey on the nationally syndicated Steve Harvey Show. After the show aired, youth and adults from across the country shared how inspirational Te’Lario’s story was to them. In fact, we were contacted by a local afterschool program that requested that Te’Lario facilitate a workshop about mushrooms. Te’Lario taught students ranging from ages 5-11 about a variety of mushrooms, their parts and their nutritional benefits. He looks forward to teaching youth and adults about mushrooms in the future. One of Te’Lario’s missions is to end hunger. Te’Lario has connected with several local food banks and will donate his harvest from his garden. Te’Lario and his older sister, Kennedy received a $500 grant from Katie’s Krops to plant a garden and donate the harvest to local food banks.

Te’Lario enjoys fencing and recently participated in the Arnold Classic. He has played the piano since the age of five and enjoys activities with his Cub Scout Troop. Te’Lario also loves superheroes, Ben 10 and Spider-Man are among his favorites.

Chante’ Whisonant

Chante’ N. Whisonant is a 15 year old sophomore, Pastor in training, and entrepreneur who resides in Penbrook, PA. Her hobbies are being an Author and doing anything DIY. Having her parents install the attributes of an entrepreneur in her at a very young age, Chante’ started doing little things like starting a lemonade stand at 8 years old and babysitting at 11 years old. After a while she branched into start selling her handmade earrings and crochet items which she had been making since the age of 7. Because of being bullied, her parents took Chante’ out of public school in 3rd grade and started homeschooling her. Do to that experience, at age 13 she had the opportunity to be co-Author in a book collaboration that had youth across the United States called “A letter to my bully: Sticks, stones, & words do hurt!” Because of the book project, this made Chante’ realize she was really good at writing and she enjoyed it too. She has spoke about the book on a radio called “Words from the well” with Wendy L. Harvey and is the only teen writer for SoLo Parenting Magazine. She plans on finishing her three part book series called “The life behind her smile: Everything is not as it seems.” by the end of 2016. Chante’ now is also an inspirational speaker, encouraging the youth of today to be trailblazers and she mostly writes about problems going on in today’s teen society. Her motto in life is “Captivate the trendsetter in you.” Her ultimate goal is to be known as a powerful preacher, and advocate for the struggling youth of today’s world. Chante’s heart is big and she has a bright future ahead of her. She is just getting started and has many more things up her sleeve for the years to come.

Terise Ashley Smith

Terise Ashley Smith, a 9 year old Author, Dancer, Model, Actress and Philanthropist, from Baltimore County, Maryland. Terise is walking in her purpose, exercising her gifts and working diligently on her God given talents. Terise has been on the cover of Baltimore’s Child, featured in Tween Girl Style Magazine and modeled Baltimore, Harrisburg and Maryland Fashion Week. In 2012, Terise began taking ballet, modern dance and which lead to her attending the World Championship of Performing Arts in July, 2014. That year Terise took home a Bronze, Silver and Gold Medal in modeling. Acting and theatre is another area Terise enjoys. Since taking acting classes, Terise has performed in the stage play “Carol of the Belles”, and made her film debut in “Stiletto Dreams”, which will showcase at the 2016 People’s Film Festival, in Harlem, NY. After meeting her now mentor, Gabrielle Jordan, Terise knew she wanted to add one more title to her bio, Author and she did just that. Terise is now the published Author of “Dream BIG Never Small”. Since the debut of her book, she has sold numerous copies and has embarked on a book tour. In March 2016, Terise took and successfully completed The ExCEL Mastermind Program taught by Gabrielle Jordan and is now an official ExCEL Youth Ambassador. With the efforts of her mom, Terise is continuously going out on auditions in all 3 fields of modeling, dancing and acting, hoping that one day she will land her dream job on the Disney Channel, Broadway or on a billboard in the middle of Times Square, NYC. To follow Terise’s journey, visit her website, www.ThisIsTerise.com. You can also follow her on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube) all under @ThisIsTerise.

Jeremiah and Joshua West

10 year old Jeremiah West and 8 year old Joshua West are young entrepreneurs with a two-fold mission: improving childhood literacy and teaching their peers how to give, save, and spend their money wisely. These dynamic brothers wrote a book entitled Champions of Change: Live to Give when they were only 6 & 8 years old. The book has received all 5 star reviews on Amazon! Their caring and compassionate nature has inspired children around the world (from as far away as Malaysia) to become “change agents” in their own communities “by doing little deeds that have a huge impact.” Their desire is to make the world a better place by giving back to their community and to those who are less fortunate, and they actively recruit other children to join their efforts. Recent projects include a holiday party for the homeless, hosting a birthday party for all of the kids living in a homeless shelter, helping a child with autism write his own book, organizing a “fun run” to raise money for a child suffering from a rare form of childhood cancer, and working directly with the Mayor (Mayor Lovely Warren) to develop a summer reading and writing program for youth. These Award winning entrepreneurs have been featured locally on Fox News, NBC, ABC, Time Warner News, and Cornerstone TV. Jeremiah and Joshua were recently named as two of Rochester’s inaugural "20 Under 20" youth award honorees for their commitment to serving others and for inspiring their peers to give back and make a difference in the world around them! Jeremiah & Joshua are the youngest speakers for the Great Black Speakers’ Bureau AND the young recipients to ever receive the Spirit of the Chamber Award for the Greece Chamber of Commerce.

Viviana Maciel de Souza

While some consider it pure luck, Viviana Maciel de Souza knows better. Passion, hard work, determination, and persistence are the words used to characterize this young entrepreneur in central Texas. At the fresh age of only 8, Viviana started her own blossoming jewelry business, Brilliant Bracelets +, specializing in handcrafted bracelets, rings, and other various dazzling works of art. She designs her jewelry with her clients in mind, striving to help make their day beautiful and brilliant. With an emphasis on philanthropy, she proudly donates a portion of her profits to her favorite charities and supports her local communities. When Viviana Maciel de Souza isn't working on her business, she can be found playing with friends, riding bike, drawing, learning new things, and volunteering her time to help the less fortunate. Although she may have just begun this amazing journey, Viviana's diligence and dedication confirm that this talented young business lady is ready and able to thrive, and she holds much promise for the future.  

Tyreece Pressley

My name is Tyreece Pressley. I am a 11 year old entrepreneur from Philadelphia Pa. I started a Candy Business "Sneak A Treat" in 2014 while raising money to attend a ski trip. After realizing that I could make money to save and travel I was excited. I have been successful with my candy business however I will some day be expanding my business to cake goods such as cakes and cookies. My future goals are to one day open a bakery shoppe along with a photography studio. Recently, I was nominated and received the "Kid "Entrepreneur Genius Award" in Wilmington Delaware. I encourage all kids to follow their dreams. The sky is the limit.

Zandra Cunningham

Zandra Azariah Cunningham is a 15 year old entrepreneur from Buffalo, NY. When not creating products to make you look, feel, and smell good, she is busy with her studies at the Nardin Academy in Buffalo, NY. Some of her favorite extracurricular activities include golfing, dancing, and running track. Zandra’ fascination with entrepreneurship began when she was 9 years old; she joined the Kids Biz Small Business Development Center program at Buffalo State College during the spring of 2010. With the assistance of family, a newfound appreciation for entrepreneurship, and focus; she started her business Azariah’s Innocence; a few days shy of her 10th birthday. The goal was to make products that smelled good and kept her skin soft without irritation the products she would purchase from the mall. Zandra is the youngest to graduate from the all adult class of the Minority and Women Entrepreneurial Program at the University At Buffalo, the proud Junior Ambassador of The Women in the Spotlight Goinglobal movement, local Day of the Girl Ambassador and she teaches classes on teenpreneurship and natural body product creation/education. Zandra has received several awards for her entrepreneurial, community and academic accomplishments. Zandra is becoming a recognized entrepreneur and speaker due to her work in the Buffalo community and beyond. She has been featured on several news outlets such as Black Enterprise and NPR, in addition to facilitating many workshops/ presentations for well know organizations like Business Alliance for Local Living Economies, Canisius College, Girls Scouts of WNY and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority to name a few. With much hard work and diligence, Zandra recently finished a major rebrand that now reflects her new style – a funky, fresh-faced teenpreneurship with a passion for natural beauty products. Zandra has created a brand for girls like her; the not-so-average teen girl who is ready to conquer the world! The new brand was created for the educated and empowered girl on the move. Z A N D R A is about girl’s education and empowerment. The hope is to inspire youth to take action and make things happen for themselves and their communities. Zandra is an agent of change, donating 10 % of all net profits to support girls’ education.

Alejandra Stack

Born in The Bahamas on February 16, 2005, Alejandra Stack briefly lived in Montreal, Canada before moving to Atlanta, Georgia where she began her career in media. A self-professed backstage baby, Alejandra nose for news came was discovered early as she spent her infancy tagging along with her mother in radio and television studios, in newsrooms, and on film/theater sets. She also had the opportunity to meet many celebrities, diplomats and attend events when her mother launched her own PR/publishing company, and tasked Alejandra with a youth section in a publication.

Several family friends encouraged Alejandra’s mother to allow her to go on casting calls but it wasn’t until conversations with her mother’s publisher Clara McLaughlin, the first Black woman to own a television station in the United States, and friend Radel Parks, did she consider her potential.

At age nine, Alejandra joined her school’s news team and decided she wanted to follow in her mother’s footsteps but focus on her peers. Through her show “All Access with Allie in Action” and on her Allie in Action social media pages and website, Alejandra highlights young people doing big things.

By age 10, Alejandra was given two media recognitions and was invited to become an ExCEL Youth Ambassador by her mentor Gabrielle Jordan. She also launched ANews Youth News, a print publication, she hopes will inspire kids to read while seeing each other in a positive light.

Alejandra has been a gymnast since age three. She also enjoys learning about cultures and people from her diverse background - Bahamian, Canadian, American, Spanish, Irish and Cuban. Alejandra aspires to become a motivational speaker for kids and have her productions featured on major television networks.

Kenadee Pitchford

Kenadee Pitchford is a 10 year old, youth entrepreneur and blogger. Kenadee attends Richland Jr. High and she is in 5th grade where she maintains all A's on her report card. In 2014, She started her own blog called A Girlz Heart which empowers tween girls to be Beautiful, Strong and Brave no matter what!! A Girlz Heart also carries a line of agirlzheart lip balm and part of the proceeds go to cancer research. Kenadee also enjoys playing the trumpet, singing, and spending time with her family. To read Kenadee's blog you can go to www.agirlzheart.com

Keaton I Anderson

Keaton I. Anderson is the Founder and President of KPix, a company featuring hand-crafted custom pictures located in Bowie, Maryland. Keaton recently started KPix in the fall of 2014.  KPix’s handcrafted pictures are special designed by Keaton and created upon request.

Keaton is 11 years old and attends elementary school in Washington DC. Since the age of 8 years old, Keaton has taken a special interest in art and has been drawing custom pictures for the past 3 years.

Outside of creating custom made pictures, Keaton likes designing buildings and communities’ through computer programs.  He enjoys engineering and recently he and his teammates came in 2nd place in a Roller Coaster design contest sponsored by Patriots and Six Flags.

With the proceeds of KPix, Keaton plans to partner with a local nonprofit, ICare, Inc. in helping the homeless.  Keaton has volunteered his time alongside his family on various community service projects that included helping the homeless, feeding those who are needy and cleaning local community agencies.

In conclusion, Keaton is a friendly youth who loves people, hanging out with his family and enjoys travelling.  He hopes to become an engineer one day and make a positive impact on his community.

Chef Jeremiah

PROFILE:  To become world renowned as Iron Chef Masahru Morimoto
  • Provide excellent customer service
  • To develop skills from the teachings of my mentor
  • Establish and maintain a consistent clientele
  • To give back to the SPCA my non-profit of choice as well as, to the community at large
  • Acquire skills to create a business structure
  • To gain skills and knowledge which will allow me to excel in the area of cooking/catering
  • Be a role model for my peers
    EDUCATION: Mount Washington School, Graduation: June, 2015 International Baccalaureate Program Baltimore, Maryland St. Paul’s  School   2009 - 2014 Brooklandville, Maryland  Grades: 1 - 5 The Classic Catering People  2013-2014 Camp Classic EXPERIENCE:
  • Prepares various meals at home twice per month
  • Prepared meals /cooked at grandfather pit beef restaurant
  • Provide vendor services at events
2015 The Awards Committee for the She Matters & He Matters Programs announced Jeremiah was selected to receive the 2015 He Matters Entrepreneurial Spirit Award! They will be hosting an exciting celebration to recognize his outstanding achievements, at the 2015 She Matters & He Matters Awards Ceremony & Reception on Sunday March 29, 2015. Smart=Cool.   Chef Jeremiah is honored as the 1st SmartAgent.  #SmartAgent is referred as students who are using their Smart to build communities.  An agent is defined as, “one who acts or has the power to act”.  Therefore, #SmartAgent is a natural fit.  Chef Jeremiah James is a 14 year old chef and his Smart is Cuisine. SPCA – March for the Animals event - Chef Jeremiah will perform hands-on demonstrations with children on Sunday, April 26, 2015. Chef Jeremiah was interviewed by Gabrielle Jordan, a 14 year old entrepreneur, author and public speaker. In January 2015, Gabrielle launched her Excel Youth Mastermind Institute (six week course) where Jeremiah was one of the first 10 participants. In addition, in January 2015, he was showcased in Dream Teen Magazine, an online magazine designed specifically for young people. This article will be accessible online for three months. 2014 At the end of 2014 Chef Jeremiah started a Boxed Lunch Delivery for the upper-school teachers at Mt. Washington School. The lunch offers a variety of nutritional choices. In December 2014, he was showcased as one of many Young Entrepreneurs at The Young Boss's Blueprint. He prepared meals and exhibited his brand to encourage youth not to create barriers when starting a business and brand. He was awarded The Joe Mann’s Black Wall Street Award for Youth. This award celebrates and affirms our youth for their excellence in school, community and entrepreneurship. He was also given the opportunity to speak on a panel of his peers. In November 2014, he presented at The 2nd Annual Brassica Fest where he showcased his recipe Massage Kale. In October 2014, Chef Jeremiah was highlighted at The Empowerment Temple Health and Wellness Expo and Zumba-Thon. He displayed his recipe, The Incredible Trail Mix. In July 2014, the article, “Portrait of a Winner" Baltimore Kid Moving Up the Food Chain was written by Brad Jaeger of Running Maryland. 2013 Chef Jeremiah has been showcased on WBALTV 11 news twice and ABC 2 news once. Skills:
  • Cutting – how to properly use a knife
  • Use of commercial stove and kitchen facilities
  • Public speaking
  • Live cooking demonstrations on television and in-person
  • Prepare fresh salmon cakes
  • Folding wraps
  • Packaging, set-up and presentations at events
  • Vendor at events
Hobbies:
  • Cooking
  • Lacrosse
  • Football
  • Xbox
  • Outdoor activities

Aniyah Burke

Aniyah Burke (AKA Aniyahlator) is a young entrepreneurial leader on a mission. She is the co-owner of Aniyah In Motion, a motivational coaching, commercials and clothing business which she started at age 9. The focus is to motivate and coach and speak to young leaders to pursue their passion and their dreams. She teaches soccer seminars and ones on kids with divorced parents and a bootcamp for parents and children on respect and values. She designs sporting and motivational T-shirts that all ages can wear.

Aniyah Burke is an unusual young lady. Not because she can’t be put in a box, but because she annihilates the box altogether. With a deep love for people and an unshakable faith, she lights up a room with her effervescent presence and contagious energy.

Her enthusiasm bubbles close to the surface and is evidenced by her passion for purpose-filled living. She easily sees potential in others and loves the challenge of drawing it to the surface and helping cultivate it. This girl has a date with destiny, and she’s taking you along for the ride!

Well-liked and respected by her peers, she has a way of connecting effortlessly with young and old alike, and is simply the joy of her parents’ lives. A hard-working Honor Roll student, this unforgettable 5th grader is passionate about basketball, soccer, drums, singing, and bright colors.

For some people, leadership and entrepreneurial spirit come as naturally as breathing. Aniyah Burke is one of those people. With maturity and vision beyond her years, this delightful young lady is blazing a trail that few 11 year olds do.

If you would like to connect with Aniyah you can reach her at (210) 833.6473.

Angel Moore

Angel Moore, the owner of Angel & Co., is a true advocate for entrepreneurship for young people. Miss. Moore started her first business at 8-years of age, just to raise enough money for tennis camp. The passion was sparked and in 2012 she expanded her business and in 2013 started her professional speaking career. Angel & Co. is the corporate umbrella to: (1) Cookn’ Cookies by Angel; (2) Angel’s Heavenly Scents; and (3) “I AM” inspirational shirts and accessories. Miss Moore is also an independent designer for (4) Origami Owl custom jewelry. Angel maintains an active work life balance as a Brown Belt in Karate at Good Champs Karate Academy, 2013-2014 President of the Zeta Phi Beta, Inc. Tau Psi Zeta Amicettes Youth Auxiliary Group, and a 8th grade honor student at Edward Coles Language Academy. Angel’s awards include 2010 PKC International Grand Champion, 2010 1st place Professional Karate Commission Region 1 Champion, 2011 2nd Place Winner of the A.R.I.S.E. Teen Entrepreneur competition, 2013 Spirit of Detroit Grand Champion, 2013 Aspiration of Life Be Loyal to your Dreams Honoree, 2014 Leading Lady International Little Leading Lady Honoree and 2014 She’s All That Honoree to name a few. As an Inspirational Speaker and Youth Entrepreneur Angel has been featured at various events in additional to radio & TV to include: WGN People to People with Micah Materre , The AC Green Radio Show, and The Priscilla Williams Radio Show. Youth Inspirational Speaker at the Priscilla Williams, Women Walking in Power Women’s Conferences, and Youth Speaker at the 2014 Urban League of Northwest Indiana 18th Annual Scholastic Awards Luncheon.