July 5, 2018

This 11-year-old social entrepreneur is teaching kids how to create their own business plans

Khloe Thompson founded Khloe Kares by putting her vision into practice; now she's on a mission to help others achieve their big ideas.

Khloe Thompson started her nonprofit Khloe Kares to help homeless men and women in her Long Beach, California, community. Photo by Carla Rhea Photography

Hi my name is Khloe Thompson. I am 11 years old and I started my own nonprofit called Khloe Kares. I make tote bags and pass them out to homeless men and women.

I became committed to helping my community because of the first person I gave a bag to—a woman named Machelle. She showed me that I should help more homeless women in my community. She also showed me that there are more homeless people who I can help and make happy by giving them the essentials they need on a daily basis so they don’t have to worry about having to find them—they’ll all ready have it.

What inspires me the most are all the smiles and hugs I get. They inspire me because it tells me that they are happy with what I just gave them and that I should make more people happy. What also inspires me are the Sunday morning girls I mentor. They have very little but still make the most of life by always looking on the bright side. Other kids also inspire me because there are a lot of kids who are doing great things. It’s a great feeling knowing there are other kids who are doing great things too.

I’ve learned so much over the years including how to make a create a business plan, and now it’s something I can teach other kids. These are very important because they help you figure out different ideas you might want to pursue. Vision boards are also important because they help you plan out all the things you want to do in your life, like travel or go after your dream job.

Editor’s note: We will feature more stories from Khloe and fellow young philanthropist Jahkil Naeem Jackson as they travel the U.S. on their Project Kares tour. Follow The Renewal Project on Twitter @TheRenewalProj and subscribe to our newsletter, where we will include updates.

Khloe Thompson

Khloe Kares

At the age of 8 Khloe Thompson decided to help homeless women by providing them with bare necessity items and a custom handmade tote bag that she designed. These bags are called “kare bags.” Her mission is to support as many homeless women and inspire other kids to be the change in their communities. Khloe feels no matter how old you are, you should never let your age stop you from why you want to do. In the future Khloe plans on running her own community center where she can employ homeless men and women.