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Community NewsWSE Presents Whiz Kid with Sustainable Biz Kid of the Year Award

Brianna Pittman of Brianna’s Shop-A-Lot-Spot.

Brianna Pittman of Brianna’s Shop-A-Lot-Spot.


Western Sustainability Exchange is pleased to announce that its 2014 Sustainable Business Kid of the Year award recipient is Brianna Pittman of Brianna’s Shop-A-Lot-Spot. Brianna is a participant in the Young Entrepreneurial Stewardship Program (YES), and she sells handmade goods at WSE’s Livingston Farmers Market.
Brianna was presented with the award at this year’s Holiday Farmers Market on December 6th, where she also sold handmade dog toys, greeting cards, hair bows, and holiday decorations. Brianna was selected for the award because she is responsible and committed, and she works hard to apply what she learns.

Just twelve years old, Brianna has been a YES Program participant for two years. “It’s a really good program, and they’re really nice!” she said. “It’s good for kids because they can make money.

I’m saving for college, or a car.” For her excellent entrepreneurial spirit, Brianna was also awarded a gift certificate to her favorite store and a free booth at next year’s farmers market.

Brianna is just one of many Park County children who participate in the YES program. Through free afterschool programs, summer camp, and year-round mentoring, YES teaches kids the basics of good business: how to come

up with a business idea, how to make sustainable choices that waste less, how to market products, and how to manage finances. They also have the opportunity to directly apply these skills in a low-risk environment at WSE’s farmers market.

YES is an exciting program that incubates creativity, empowerment, generosity, and stewardship in our youth. Not only is it fun for kids, but it can also be life changing. WSE estimates that 40% of participating children come from low-income households. YES gives these children the skills and opportunities to help them break the cycle of poverty.

Western Sustainability Exchange is currently seeking funds to maintain the program’s momentum and expand its reach to other communities. They hope that this holiday season, you will say YES to changing a child’s life. Visit to donate or learn more.

About Western Sustainability Exchange
Western Sustainability Exchange (WSE) is a sustainable development non-profit based in Livingston, Montana.

WSE’s goal is to help create a food system that provides healthy local food, wide-open spaces, and profitable farms and ranches.


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