Young Local Artists Receive Youth Business Grants

The art of Isaiah Aylmer. Courtesy photo

By BERNADETTE LAURITZEN

On Friday evening, Youth Business Grant awardee Isaiah Aylmer will have his art on display and for sale at the Los Alamos County Summer Concert.

Aylmer’s friend, Judge Valdez, taught him how to create space scapes as a way to deal with the daily stresses of school and daily life. The duo can be found around town from time to time selling a variety of sizes of their art at very reasonable prizes.

The price of the photo depends on the size and the time spent in its creation. Their typical size sells for $10 and takes the two about 15 minutes to create.

Valdez and Aylmer both received Youth Business Grant funding to do this free style painting. The Youth Business Grants are funded through the Los Alamos Commerce and Development Corporation with small donations from local businesses and individuals.

Often youth are matched with mentors who provide ongoing advice as the young entrepreneurs begin the sometimes complicated path of business ownership.

“I appreciate the free supplies,” Aylmer said. “I’m really thankful they are supporting me.”

The young people are funded to purchase supplies, pay for booth rental space at events, purchase business cards or flyers and other unforeseen expenses that come into play. After the summer, the youth report back on their experience with the hope of receiving additional funding to take their business to the next level.  

Aylmer hopes to save up for a new dirt bike by the end of the summer.

“People should support youth because it is a good program,” Aylmer said. “It helps kids meet new people.”

Those in need of youth services can call Assets In Action at 505.695.9139 to receive additional contact information for the youth businesses.

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