Jaylen Bledsoe is a millionaire at age 18 and credits a technology program for gifted third graders at his St. Louis school for his remarkable success.
Bledsoe taught himself web design in sixth grade after taking a yearbook design class. At age 12, he started an IT consulting company, and just last year, he became CEO of The Jaylen D. Bledsoe Global Group, valued at about $3.5 million.
At a time when the number of college students who study science, technology, engineering and math — so-called STEM fields — has fallen flat, Bledsoe wants to motivate younger students to acquire the skills to be innovators and entrepreneurs.
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