Belair-Edison Youth Spotlight: Young Entrepreneurs

April 13, 2017

By: Ty Johnson


Dear Fellow Residents,


            On the evening of April 11, 2017, Tamiyah Patterson decided to—along with her baby sister and two close relatives—have a “Half and Half” stand in her community over Spring Break. It’s entitled Tamiyah and Dhayne’s Half and Half Stand. Tamiyah’s mother, Tammy Thompson, loved the idea and immediately began to help her daughter plan the logistics of managing a stand. Tamiyah’s dad, Wayne Patterson, supplied “protection” and stood off to the side to watch his daughter sell her product, with lots of pride I might add.


            Tamiyah knew that “half and halfs” would be a hit because according to her, “In Baltimore we love half and halfs”. That is a very astute observation given that Baltimore is famed for its chicken box and half and half combo. For those who may not know, half and half contains a mixture of sweet tea and lemonade. When Tamiyah was asked if she had made a profit on her investment as of yet she excitedly replied, “Yes!”


            Tamiyah received her inspiration to do the Half and Half stand from a camp entitled Community Connection which is held in Belair-Edison in the summer. The camp serves youth who do not have adequate access to quality summer programming. It is run by 23 year old Belair Edison resident Ty Johnson through his 501©3 non-profit KFX, Inc. The idea behind KFX, Inc. is for young adults to use their intellectual and social abilities to bring more resources into Belair-Edison for its youth and their families. With the camp this looks like partnering with various organizations for workshops surrounding financial literacy, literacy, and (more broadly) community engagement. One of the projects camp participants did last year was a flea market where they picked a location, developed inventory and pricing, specialized jobs based on their skills, and evenly split the money among one another at the end of the shift. This project encouraged Tamiyah Patterson to start her own endeavor this spring. Community Connection will be in session this coming July through the first week of August. The age range is 8 to 13 years old and registration is $25.00 for the entire month of the camp. Go to for more information!


            When asked if she will be continuing the store, Tamiyah replied that she will. On that note, be on the lookout for her around the community on select days throughout the spring and summer!


            Please reach out to Ty Johnson at if you know of any other youth in Belair-Edison doing entrepreneurial things! We as a community should highlight, praise, and support all of our youth!