Maya's Ideas

Who is "Maya?"

I am Maya Shea Penn. I’m a 14 year old entrepreneur, philanthropist, designer, artist, animator (I make animated short films), illustrator, and writer. I am the CEO of Maya's Ideas, a company I started in 2008 when I was just 8 years old. I'm also really into technology! When I was about four years old my dad showed me how to take apart a computer and put it back together again, and that really started my love for technology. I've built my first website myself, and I'm learning JavaScript and HTML 5 so I'm really hands on in all aspects of my business. I create handmade artisan crafted one-of-a-kind eco-friendly accessories and clothing. I have been featured in Forbes, Huffington Post, Ebony, Redbook, FOX 5 Atlanta, Black Enterprise, Etsy.com,The NRDC, The Michael Baisden Show, and many other publications. My designs are sold all over the world and I have customers in Denmark, Italy, Australia and more. I love to use my creativity to give back to the community, and the environment and it's creatures. 10-20% of my profits go to causes that I am passionate about like: Hosea Feed The Hungry, Atlanta Community Food Bank, The Ian Somerhalder Foundation ( I’m a member of their kids division and I write articles and add content/videos to their website.). I also write a column called Ask The Expert as a contributing writer for Livethrive.org.  I was honored as an entrepreneur at the 2012 SCLC Women's 33rd Annual Drum Major for Justice Awards in the Youth Category. I was honored along with actor and Humanitarian Sean Penn, Actor Samuel L. Jackson and his wife Latanya Richardson, CNN News Anchor Don Lemon,Rev. Al Sharpton, Justice Robert Benham and Pulitzer Prize winner Isabel Wilkerson. I was panelist/speaker at the economic empowerment summit at Agnes Scott College that was being presented by the National Center for Civil and Human Rights for teen age girls. I also have a non-profit organization called Maya's Ideas 4 The Planet.

 


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Welcome!

❤~Welcome to my shop! Here you will find eco-friendly, environmentally sustainable, fashionable accessories and clothing! My name is Maya. I'm a 14 year old designer, animator, and philanthropist. I'm also into technology and I built my first website myself in HTML. I also have a non-profit organization called Maya's Ideas 4 The Planet. I use 100% organic cotton, hemp, and bamboo, as well as recycled vintage materials in creating my clothing and accessories. Please check back daily as I am adding new designs. I love nature and the environment, and I use this as constant inspiration. All items are one of a kind, artisan handcrafted from the finest materials. 10-20% of the profits I make go to local and global charities and organizations I am passionate about such as: Hosea Feed The Hungry, The Atlanta Community Food bank, The Ian Somerhalder Foundation, Livethrive.org, and The Captain Planet Foundation. We are also taking custom orders for weddings as well. I am an environmentalist first, which for me means that I am doing everything that I can to make the planet liveable for BOTH people and animals alike. No person or creature can live on a planet that is polluted and full of toxins and waste. I support recycling and reusing materials that will not put an additional strain on our environment by stripping the earth of it's natural resources. I do not use new leather or new wool in my designs. If I come across a piece of 1940's vintage wool fabric, I may use it and turn it into a new creation, but I would never buy a piece of new wool that has been cruelly sheared off a sheep. The same with silk. I always use old, vintage fabrics or organic and natural cottons. I see our planet and our animals as one in the same. They need to be protected from harm, treated humanely and respected.~❤

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