Assets in Action: Happy holidays

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By Bernadette Lauritzen

This week, I have elected to continue promoting the efforts of youth is our community, through shopping.
That’s right, many upcoming holidays, parties, vacations and events during this month lend themselves to gift giving.
There is a strategy in place that says if you spend 66 of your holiday dollars locally, it will benefit the local economy and small businesses immensely.
I’m going to take that idea one step further and ask if you can support the business of a local youth, too.
The Small Business Development Center works annually to help young entrepreneurs start their own businesses and get their name out in public.
Perhaps you would like to buy a hand made cross, a hand knitted scarf or portraits from a young photographer? If so, have I got a plan for you.
Local youth like Leia Roach, Elise Koskelo, Derek Selvage, Esperanza Tapia and more have taken the time and weathered the process to become Youth Business Grant recipients.
Need something cool for the teen in your life? Roach, of Mush Crafts, is happy to get crafty and provide you with a cool gift, at a hot price. Your tech-savvy skills should drive you to etsy.com/shop/mushcrafts.  
Koskelo can be found on Facebook, with her business, Blueprint Wraps. Her speedy fingers have been busy crafting scarfs, hats and more for that lovely lady in your life and a wide variety of items are available. Check out her work work at facebook.com/blueprintwraps.
Selvage is busy behind the lens when not on the football field, photographing the community and region. You can stop by Daniel’s Café, Aspen Lounge, Village Arts or Ruby K’s, to check them out or make a purchase.
Tapia and others are available to pamper your pets while you are away for the holidays. If Fido can’t go, bring the lovin’ to him with personalized service. These young pet specialists come with recommendations from previous clients and more.
You can learn more about recipients at ybgp.org or donate to fund other mini-moguls for the upcoming year.
Finally, this Saturday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., you can stop by Chamisa Elementary and purchase some baked goods or hand made key chains and bracelets to benefit their field trip fund.
Your chance to nominate someone for the Community Asset Awards ends on Monday evening. Get those nominations in at AssetsInAction.info or by calling 661-4846 and requesting a form.

The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board and the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce sponsor Assets in Action.