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Contact: Marcia Liggett
LOCAL TEEN CEO HONORED AS A ROOT’S 2013 YOUNG FUTURIST
Recognized as one of the “brightest African-American innovators” in the nation
BEAVER, PA – (February 7, 2012) - On Monday, February 4, sixteen-year-old Amber J. Liggett, CEO of Amber’s Amazing Animal Balloons was recognized in The Root’s 2013 Young Futurists List as one of “25 of the brightest African-American innovators between the ages of 16 and 22… who use their talents to make the world a better place.” TheRoot.com, a division of The Washington Post provides a voice for African Americans, showcasing their accomplishments and their impact on society. Created in 2011, the annual list highlights youth’s achievements in a variety of areas, such as “Enterprise and Corporate Innovation”, where Amber is featured. http://www.theroot.com/views/young-futurists/2013/amber-liggett
This 2012 Teenpreneur of the Year for Black Enterprise Magazine and 2011 Ernst & Young’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year has been creating masterful balloon art and providing entertainment since the age of 9. She was a featured artist at the 2012 and 2013 First Night Pittsburgh’s New Year Celebration, and this philanthropic teen organizes, conducts and participates in fundraisers for various organizations. This year she will be organizing a charity concert to benefit the Bender Lead On Anti-Bullying in Beaver County, PA. A high honor student at Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School in Midland, PA and member of The National Honor Society, Amber assists other teens with their entrepreneurial endeavors, including teaching workshops at Community College of Beaver County, PA (CCBC). There, Amber teaches balloon and entrepreneurial workshops, and will be instructing at the annual Autism Camp for the forth summer in a row.
Now heading into its seventh year, Amber’s Amazing Animal Balloons has expanded to include face painting, spin art, sand art, cotton candy, and will soon incorporate technology. “To touch a child’s life is to change the future,” said Amber. She has already begun training other youth to face paint. Amber’s goals include a million dollar business, which she is currently developing through a partnership with Carmen Scott Dawson, Vice President of Entrepreneur Education at the Uncommon Individual Foundation.
Amber is no stranger to media and public speaking appearances as she spreads a motivational message of self-empowerment, positivity and entrepreneurship to others. She was a featured speaker, representing The Uncommon Individual foundation in Erie, PA last November during Global Entrepreneurship Week. Other appearances include being featured on PBS’s nationally syndicated BizKid$, and John Delano’s Sunday Morning Business Page, as well as interviews on multiple radio shows and in newspaper articles. She was recently selected as a finalist in the Beaver County Outstanding Young Woman contest in Beaver, PA. Amber inspires youth and adults alike through her example, expertise, and passion to improve the world.
See samples of Amber’s work at her website:
To reach Amber with questions or for an interview, call:
Marcia Liggett (Manager)
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