Niamani Knight is a 15-year-old with big dreams for her future and her peers. She founded an entity called S.T.R.E.A.M Kids Expo™, which brings hands-on adventure and learning to students in the areas of Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Arts, and Manufacturing. The idea was formed while Niamani was enrolled in the Young Entrepreneur’s Academy, or YEA, which is spearheaded by Sandy Smith with the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce.
The teen maintains high grades in school, which her parents feel is mandatory for running her successful enterprise. The message is that school, community and teachers, as well as parents, create a profound impact on the lives of children. Together, they are the village that raises the child.
Niamani participates in sessions with local business mentors and some civic leaders to further the endeavors of S.T.R.E.A.M. Kids Expo. Using her skills that she learned through YEA, she develops business plans, makes pitches to investors, and oversees the process of the permitting and licensing process for each expo.
S.T.R.E.A.M. has 4 main goals:
1. To create a memorable interactive learning experience for kids, schools and communities
2. Increase access to STREAM programs in underprivileged and low-performing neighborhoods
3. To encourage a movement where kids are empowered to own and reach their fullest potential
4. Stimulate conversation among kids about their education and how it aligns with future work
Niamani gets a lot of support and inspiration from her father and mother, Mandrell and Nikia Richards, who have a non-profit of their own called Soul Spa Foundation. S.T.R.E.A.M Kids Expo started in Lancaster, California and has expanded to surrounding areas. Niamani hopes to bring her dream to students and parents throughout the Los Angeles area this year.