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9-year-old opens coffee shop for people with disabilities

Meet Camden Myers, the owner of Cam's Coffee Co.

Camden Myers is busy for a 9-year-old. The North Carolina native recently opened a coffee shop called Cam's Coffee Co. — all because he wants to help other people succeed.

A photo of Camden Myers, the 9-year-old owner of Cam's Coffee Co., standing in front of a red store sigh
Photos: Cam's Coffee Co. on Facebook

Myers came up with the idea to open a coffee shop for people with disabilities based on his own personal experiences. He suffers from a traumatic brain injury (TBI) he's had since birth. As a result, he's had to overcome his own social and learning development challenges. 

“I like helping people. I like working. I like making money and I like donating money," he said in an interview. "I like donating money to people who don’t have houses or food.”

Because of this, Myers wanted to make a difference in his community. He wanted to provide job training opportunities to people like himself. Cam's Coffee Creations employs students from the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County schools who have disabilities, and these students were trained by Myers himself and hired to serve customers in the community. Again, Myers is just nine years old.

Cam Myers stands with a group of people wearing Cam's Coffee Co. shirts

"To help Cam make his dream a reality, we did some research and found that roughly 75% of people with special needs who are capable of working are either unemployed or underemployed," his family said on the Cam's Coffee Co. Facebook page. "As parents who embrace inclusion, we knew we had to act!"

Cam's Coffee Creations originally started as an online store before it became a pop-up shop that sold coffee. Now,its first-ever location is open at Green Tree Community Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

The coffee shop, in addition to coffee, sells baked goods from BeSpoke Confections, a company that employs people with autism. In the future, Myers wants to open more locations and a mobile coffee shop, too. 

Mugs up to Camden! 

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