Teen entrepreneur Ashley Vilaysane’s arts and crafts business fights racism, helps people with dyslexia

Teen entrepreneur Ashley Vilaysane, an incoming ninth-grader at Deforest Area High School and second place winner in both CEOs of Tomorrow’s Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 These Teens Mean Busine$$ Incubator, created her first business, Ashley’s Arts & Crafts, where she focused on the social issues including racism, COVID-19, dyslexia, and dysgraphia. 

 She created masks and handmade candles to raise awareness of racism in the American health care system for her business that was started during the pandemic in the fall of 2020. This past spring, Ashley created kits containing a calligraphy book, markers, fountain pen, ink tubes and a notebook to help people with dyslexia and dysgraphia.

Cursive and Calligraphy Essentials by Ashley Vilaysane

“I thought, ‘Well, what if I make a book that teaches people how to write in cursive and calligraphy?’” said Vilaysane. “Because a lot of people don’t know how to write in cursive or calligraphy. Then I…

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