High school entrepreneur introduces UCLA pediatric patients to his 'Fuzzy Stix' creations

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Amy Albin
(310) 794-8672
WHAT: 
Joaquin Horton, a 19-year-old student entrepreneur from Crenshaw High School, will donate 100 boxes of his Fuzzy Stix to pediatric patients at UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital and teach them how to create three-dimensional art from the colorful pipe cleaners.
 
Each patient will receive a box of 1,000 Fuzzy Stix along with Horton's copyrighted manual explaining how to design various objects that patients can enjoy and play with for years to come. 
 
As part of a high school economics class, Horton created and developed his Fuzzy Stix project to help kids discover their creative genius and relieve stress. He submitted his project to Seedplay, a social media company that helps K–12 students realize their dreams of funding and launching projects that positively impact their communities.
 
WHEN:
2–3 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 27
 
WHERE:  
Child Life Playroom at UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital (5th floor)
757 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, Calif. 90095 (map)
 
WHO:
In addition to pediatric patients, participants will include:
 
Joaquin Horton
Student entrepreneur, inventor of Fuzzy Stix
 
Harlan Gaston
Founder of Seedplay
 
Estelle Reyes
Los Angeles program director for the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship
 
Amy Bullock
Director of the Child Life/Child Development Services at UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital
 
 
BACKGROUND:
Joaquin Horton was able to develop his idea for Fuzzy Stix and create a business plan for the product through the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) program at Crenshaw High School Business Academy. The NFTE provides programs to inspire young people from low-income communities to stay in school, recognize business opportunities and plan for successful futures.
 
MEDIA CONTACT:  
Amy Albin, UCLA Health Sciences Media Relations, 310-794-8672
 
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Media Contact:
Amy Albin
(310) 794-8672
[email protected]