While most teenagers are concerned with the latest trends and technologies, one Egg Harbor Township teen is balancing his companies ledger and is concerned with his next inventory shipment, and donating goods to a Brazilian village.
"I just believe that since I have a good life, they should have one too," says Malcolm Matheson.
Matheson is not your typical teenage boy.
"This is a great privilege I get to have, and I'm glad I have it," he explains.
At just 13 years old Malcolm is the store owner of Club Rio in the English Creek Shopping Center in Egg Harbor Township.
"I had a lot of people think that just because I was 13 I wasn't mature enough, or good enough for this," he explains.
Founded in his parents garage, Malcolm started repairing and tricking out bikes and skateboards as a young child. But it was a trip to his Grandmothers house in Brazil, that enlightened this entrepreneur.
"One year, Matt (Malcolm) happened to be down in Brazil visiting Grand mom, at the time our package arrived. And was fortunate enough to give out the things to the little guys and he came back from that trip a changed boy," explains his father Malcolm Matheson III.
Now Malcolm has transformed his parent's initial tradition of donating toys to Brazil for years, into an entirely new program, the "Build a board, sell a board, give a board," initiative.
"All they have now is to play with rocks, and soccer balls on the street," Malcolm claims, "For something for them to have there was just so amazing, and I'm so happy to give that stuff to them," he continues.
He also has had his boards showcased in art galleries around the country, and designed the store, which is decked out with artwork and graffiti. But, sometimes this young business owner just wants to be a kid.
"It's hard, because sometimes I want to be that young immature teenager sometimes, but I know that I have to step it up and do what I have to do," he says with a grin.
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