Although he has not graduated from Grand Blanc High School yet, TeenQuest alumni Ahmad Grant Jr. is carving out his own path in the world. Originally, Grant intended to pursue a football career, but after an injury took him out of the game, he set his sight on something different. In doing so, Grant opened his own business: SuperBowls.
“I wanted to combine my love for football and cooking food,” says Grant. “I mixed my love together to create a business that I can build for my kids and my future.”
His recently launched business has seen success since it opened and it has kept Grant busy after school.
“After school, I go out and grab what I need, I collect the orders and start cooking around 5 p.m.,” says Grant. “Then I go out with my mom and deliver the food for those who ordered it, usually people working in plants that can’t leave their shift to pick something up.”
And this is just the start. Grant plans to make this a full-time gig after he graduates and looks forward to securing a food truck this summer and then saving money to hopefully open his own restaurant. But he also plans to continue to college to build upon his skills.
“After I graduate, I plan to attend Mott Community College Culinary Arts program to refine my skills,” says Grant. “I hope to get more certification and learn about business management to help me run my business.”
Without TeenQuest, Grant says he wouldn’t have the skills he has now to help him make his business a success.
How did the lessons you learned in TeenQuest help you start your business?
First off, I learned how to properly speak with adults and proper business etiquette. I learned how you should address yourself in a business interview and the proper things to say.
What skills do you use from TeenQuest when running your business?
When important people reach out to me, I know how to address them the right way. I also know how to introduce my business properly.
What are your favorite memories from TeenQuest?
We went to the Food Bank to volunteer, and we had a great time. We also volunteered at the soup kitchen. It was great to be able to work with people who are passionate and driven like myself.
What advice would you offer current TeenQuest students?
One thing I would say is that TeenQuest is a very good start. Taking TeenQuest will help lead you in the right direction for your passion.
TeenQuest and Summer Youth Initiative are made possible through the generous support of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.