Name: Carley "CJ" Schor
Q: What was your inspiration to start Carley's Kicks for Cure?
A: I always wanted to design my own pair of unique
converse. In August of 2014, just before I would begin my freshman year of high school, I bought a pair and created my first design. I wore them on the first day of school, and I received so many compliments. All my friends were asking me to make them pairs as well. When I realized how much potential this had and how I could use the business to help people in need, I jumped on it right away. My parents were super supportive throughout the entire process and told all their friends who told their friends (and so on) to give me a good jump start.
Q: Why Nassau Suffolk Services for Autism/Martin C. Barell School?
A: I have a personal connection to NSSA and their education program. A family friend of mine, Tyler, is on the Autism Spectrum and attends school through their programs. It's nice for me to be able to help a smaller organization improve the daily lives of Autistic youth. It's awesome and so fulfilling to get to visit the school and get to know each of the individuals I'm helping.
Q: How many sneakers have you made so far?
A: Since 2014, I have made over 500 pairs of customized kicks. No two are alike.
Q: What is your advice to someone trying to start a business?
A: Find something that you truly enjoy. A business takes a lot of time and dedication. Be passionate about your work, and--if you choose to work with an organization or charity--choose a cause that is personal and close to your heart. It gives you that much more motivation and pride in your work.