As 17-year-old Miracle Olatunji returns to the Charter School of Wilmington for her senior year, her sight is set on a bright future. If her forthcoming accomplishments are anything like what she’s already accomplished — including being named one of Mogul, Inc.’s “50 High School Students You Need to Know About“ — the future is bright indeed.
Olatunji has founded two organizations so far: The MIRACLE Organization (MI-Making impacts, RA-Raising awareness, CLE-Creating Learning Experiences); and OpportuniME, which connects high school students to various opportunities. She’s also a Diamond Challenge for High School Entrepreneurs ambassador — a liaison and community builder between the UD Horn Program in Entrepreneurship team and Diamond Challenge participants.
“I got involved with the Horn program after I participated in the Diamond Challenge, where I pitched a business concept with a group of friends from my school’s Entrepreneurship Club,” Olatunji said of her first steps as an entrepreneur. “Then I attended the amazing Youth Entrepreneurship Summit.” Soon after, she was accepted as a Diamond Challenge for High School Entrepreneurs ambassador.
“It was actually my participation in the Diamond Challenge that inspired me to start The MIRACLE Organization and OpportuniME,” she said. “The experience, advice and knowledge I received were very helpful in getting me from ideation to where I am now: prototyping and executing on my ideas.”
OpportuniME in particular hit on a specific pain point: “Having trouble finding meaningful opportunities as a high school student was something I experienced first-hand,” she said. “I personally applied to over 30 opportunities like internships, jobs, volunteer roles anD enrichment programs during the busiest months of the school year. My peers know me as someone who is always seeking opportunities for myself and for others. I believe that opportunities are like keys that unlock the door to passion, career, and self discovery. That’s where the ‘ME’ part comes in. My market research confirmed that this problem exists. I’m working on creating an an all-in-one marketplace and professional social network that connects high school students to opportunities of all kinds.”
As you might imagine, Olatunji has no intention of stopping once she finishes high school next spring. “After graduating high school, I will be continuing my entrepreneurial ventures and attending a college — hopefully one of my top 5 — where I know that my entrepreneurial spirit, compassionate heart and intellectually curious mind will thrive.”