Kalief Rollins is a business man in the making. The 17-year-old entrepreneur recently won $10,000 in a OppenheimerFunds/NFTE Los Angeles Business Competition for his clothing line Phree Kountry, which consists of T-shirt designs that he and his brother Anthony created.
“We made the T-shirts to show positive messages of urban culture; (and to promote) leadership themes to try to encourage and remind youth where they come from, and what the people before them went through.”
Kalief says that he has always wanted to do business.
“All my life, everyone has told me I’m a businessman and an entrepreneur. I was always doing something to get money. I would sell stuff at school—candy, bracelets. My family is used to me always selling, and we were talking about that.”
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