YoungTrep with Benjamin Wong
Benjamin Wong, entrepreneur and visionary, interviews some of the world's greatest entrepreneurs from a 14-year old's perspective to empower and inspire today's generation of youth to be equipped for tomorrow's future.
info_outline CryptoCoinKid: Kamea Lafontaine 10/12/2021
CryptoCoinKid: Kamea Lafontaine On this episode, how 12-year old Kamea Lafontaine battled through skepticisism and hate to create his crypto-themed YouTube channel CryptoCoinKid, and all in a time where bitcoin was still widely considered 'fraud.'
info_outline Eating Healthy: Lisa Jendza 09/29/2021
Eating Healthy: Lisa Jendza Lisa Jendza spent years climbing the corporate ladder before realizing how much of her health she was sacrificing. Though she may have had the 'corner office', her personal life was ridden with major health issues such as brain fog. On this episode, the now coach, speaker, and co-founder of Freedom Kitchen explains how kids can use health food to build a better and more productive lifestyle.
info_outline Water2Kids: Brazil and Princeton Dowe 08/10/2021
Water2Kids: Brazil and Princeton Dowe The Dowe twins have always been about doing more. They've grown up playing sports, trying new things, and starting companies! On this episode, they're talking about how they created Water2Kids, their "Think you're smarter than the Dowe Twins" book, and why they continue to be entrepreneurs to this day.
info_outline James John: Finding Joy in every Moment 08/03/2021
James John: Finding Joy in every Moment When he was young, James John was in a deep place of darkness. He never felt love for himself, and experienced depression for years. But James was able to get past this darkness, and is now a influencer spreading love and joy with events, interviews, and lamborghinis...? This episode contains light refrences to depression. All listeners are advised to speak to a parent or trusted adult about mental health.
info_outline Jahkil Jackson: Project I Am (2020) 07/27/2021
Jahkil Jackson: Project I Am (2020) This episode was originally aired in 2020. Jahkil was 5 when his aunt took him and his cousin to feed the homeless in Chicago. he was immediately stunned that there were still people who didn't have basic necessities to survive. He immediately set up shop to create blessing bags, bags filled with basic toiletries, to give hope to the unfortunate. Since then, he's given over 50,000 bags to those experiencing homelessness, and through those efforts, was crowned one of President Obama's three most influential people at age 13, a CNN Young Heroes Award, and even recognized as a Marvel superhero!
info_outline Eugene Wang: Think Different pt. 1 07/13/2021
Eugene Wang: Think Different pt. 1 Eugene Wang is the visionary entrepreneur and founder behind Sophie's Kitchen and Sophie's BioNutrients, a multi-million dollar biofirm specializing in creating a microalgae protein alternative. On this episode, he joins Ben to discuss his childhood, the founding of Sophie's Kitchen, and how all that lead up to his current project, Sophie's BioNutrients. This is part one of a part two series. Stay tuned next week for Eugene's words on climate change, the future of innovation, and how young people can get involved.
info_outline Michael Platt: The Art of Giving Back 07/06/2021
Michael Platt: The Art of Giving Back Michael Platt is the CEO of Michael's Deserts and the star of new Tv show Operation Awesome. On this episode, he joins Ben to discuss his rise to fame, and why it's so important for today's young entrepreneurs to make giving back part of the foundations of their businesses.
info_outline Q&A with Reagan Nevels 06/30/2021
Q&A with Reagan Nevels On this episode, Ben is joined by motivational speaker and 2-time bestselling author Reagan Nevels. They'll be discussing how to build an entrepreneur's vision, her renowned 4-step proccess, and how your mind is both your greatest asset and liability.
info_outline Blankies4Buddies: CJ Matthews 06/23/2021
Blankies4Buddies: CJ Matthews It's difficult to cope with the loss of a sibling, especially when you're only 5 years old. Yet, in that moment, CJ decided that he wanted to help other kids who felt similar. Discovering blankets as a great source of comfort, he created Blankies 4 Buddies, with a mission of getting a blankie in the hand of every kid in need.
info_outline Nathan Chan: Social Media to Success 06/15/2021
Nathan Chan: Social Media to Success Nathan Chan is an expert social media marketer and founder of Foundr magazine, a 7-figure magazine and digital media company. On this episode, he joins Ben to discuss his story, the importance of social media in business, and how kidpreneurs can employ Foundr's methods to scale their success.
info_outline The YoungTrep Summer Special 06/08/2021
The YoungTrep Summer Special Summer is here! While most kids think of summer as an opportunity to party and have fun, young entrepreneurs think of it not only as an opportunity to have fun, but to find their passions and bring their businesses alive! We've asked our amazing teen editor Talia to put together the best moments from the past 8 episodes to help you out with this, enjoy!
info_outline Coderbunnyz: Samaira Mehta 06/01/2021
Coderbunnyz: Samaira Mehta From the age of 6, Samaira had a love of computer programming. Yet, many of her friends considered programming too "difficult" and "complex". She then decided to create a board game that would teach kids coding concepts in a fun, simple, and easy way, and called it; . What started as a simple prank from her dad resulted in the ultimate journey to success, leading workshops all over the nation, becoming the #1 Amazon board game, and even getting a job offer from Google!
info_outline Devin Burke: Sleeping to Success 05/25/2021
Devin Burke: Sleeping to Success Devin Burke is a renowned sleep expert, founder of Sleepscienceacademy.com, and author of new book Sleep Advantage. Growing up, Devin never thought too much about sleep. It was just kind of "the thing you do." It wasn't until much later when he realized how all things in life are interconnected to getting a good night's rest. On this episode, he joins Ben to discuss how sleep works, how to get more sleep, and why it's so important for teen entrepreneurs today. You can find Devin's new book The Sleep Advantage on .
info_outline Q&A with Arianna Fox 05/18/2021
Q&A with Arianna Fox On this episode, we're taking a break form our normal programming to answer some questions from you all at home! Joining me is Arianna Fox, bestselling author and motivational speaker. We'll be discussing questions related to finding passion, the first steps in creating a business, and more.
info_outline NEST4US: Shreyaa and Esha Venkat(Part 2 of 2) 05/11/2021
NEST4US: Shreyaa and Esha Venkat(Part 2 of 2) After years serving the community through community service, the Venkat's discovered a fatal flaw in the system; most volunteers were volunteering for hours, not for the sake of helping others. With that in mind, they set forth to create NEST4US, their non-proift organization that has now contributed over $630,000 worth of volunteer hours!
info_outline NEST4US: Shreyaa and Esha Venkat(Part 1 of 2) 05/04/2021
NEST4US: Shreyaa and Esha Venkat(Part 1 of 2) Shreyaa and Esha Venkat grew up in the world of volunteering. Yet, as they grew older, they discovered a fundamental problem with the community service system; people were volunteering simply for hours. To fix this problem, they created NEST4US, their 501(c)3 volunteer organization dedicated only to helping make the world a better place. Years later, NEST4US has over 1,000 volunteers and over $650,000 worth of volunteer hours. This episode is part 1 of 2, mainly focused on Shreyya and Esha's childhood and how they became so involved in community service. Stay tuned next week for the next part of the Venkat's journey.
info_outline Evan Carmichael: #Believe 04/27/2021
Evan Carmichael: #Believe Evan Carmichael is an entrepreneur, author of Built to Serve, and inspirational YouTuber with over 2.9 million followers! Growing up, Evan was often labeled the "slow learner"(it took him 19 months to learn to walk) which made him feel pretty stupid. Yet, he turned things around in his senior year, even earning a full-ride scholarship to the UofT. He credits this reversal to one thing; #believing in himself. This week, he joins Ben to discuss how today's young people can employ this simple concept, with conversations on finding passion, understanding purpose, and why all humans are
info_outline Aspiring Kidpreneurs: Sammie Vance and Justin Sather 04/20/2021
Aspiring Kidpreneurs: Sammie Vance and Justin Sather 12-year old Sammie Vance and 10-year old Justin Sather couldn't be more different. They come from different towns, are different ages, but they have one big thing in common; they love helping others. For Sammie, it's building sustainable buddy benches to help her fellow students make new friends, and for Justin, it's raising awareness about his favorite animal, frogs!
info_outline Gabby's Bows: Gabby Goodwin 04/13/2021
Gabby's Bows: Gabby Goodwin Gabby was five years old when she discovered a decade-old problem with normal hair barrettes; they kept falling out. She decided to take things into her own hands. With a better, sturdier, and more durable barrette in hand, the 8-year old was able to get Gabby's Bows into Walgreens all across her home state of South Carolina. Yet, all the sudden, she lost the account.
info_outline Welcome to The YoungTrep Podcast... 03/20/2021
Welcome to The YoungTrep Podcast... Welcome to the show! I'm Ben, your new 14-year old host, and I'm super excited to be bringing the greatest entrepreneurs of our generation right to all of you. I hope you come away inspired and ready to begin your entrepreneurial journey.