WARWICK Farm's Lauren Schiazo has taken the first steps to becoming a successful entrepreneur.
The 12-year-old was among 11 teenage girls who started up their own businesses, created their own products and then sold them at Fairfield Markets on Saturday.
The market visit was the final step in a four-day program aimed at improving their educational and vocational prospects.
The program was organised by the First Seeds Fund in conjunction with The Club Kidpreneur Foundation.
First Seeds Fund comprises business women and entrepreneurs keen to encourage young women to reach their potential in the workplace.
The foundation is a non-profit group with similar goals.
Lauren and her group decided to make and sell their own brand of jewellery, called Jewelicious.
"My group made Samoan tribal bracelets, friendship bracelets and knot bracelets," she said.
"It's the first time I've done this and it's pretty cool because one of my goals is to become a fashion designer and own my own business."
Kelly Slessor served as a mentor to the girls.
"The girls smashed their target," she said. "Lauren's group raised $120.90 and all the groups together made $876.85."
All proceeds from the market day will be donated to a charity of the girls' choice.
Lauren's group chose the Children's Hospital at Westmead.
First Seeds Fund founder Janine Garner said her organisation partnered with The Club Kidpreneur Foundation to help young women learn essential business skills and encourage them to consider becoming future entrepreneurs.
"A good education is the best tool for disadvantaged young women to improve their future and empower them to achieve their goals," she said.
"We provide young women from Warwick Farm with the support and guidance they need to remain engaged in education, stay in school and significantly improve their post-school opportunities."
Club Kidpreneur Foundation's general manager Graham Berman said the program made learning about business fun.