SEASON ONE | EPISODE 3 Tommy Rink (Rink Insurance), Yayra Tamakloe (The P.A.L. Project)
THE P.A.L. PROJECT
Kent State University
Meet student entrepreneurs Tommy Rink and Yayra Tamakloe who launched successful ventures. Get their tips and learn more about their businesses.
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Tommy Rink, Rink Insurance
Rink Insurance Solutions is an independent life and health insurance brokerage in NE Ohio and specializes in both Medicare and health insurance for individuals, families, and groups. "If you have an idea that you believe in, you should go for it. Conduct as much research as you can and get help from available resources. The beginning is going to be difficult, but don't give up and always remember why you started your business in the first place."
Yayra, a youthful teen, boldly entered new territory when she immigrated from Ghana to the USA in 2010. Upon immigrating, her bold personality found opposition in the reflection of identity. There was a realization that identity gaps were the combination of imposed narratives and lost stories. In her immigration, she lived with identity gaps daily. At her origin, a priority of post-colonial influence in the Ghanaian education system lessened the connection to local culture. In her new home, a lack of authentic reports revealed the inconsistent representation of Black culture in the American education system. During her efforts to self-educate, an oversaturated internet made trustworthy sources about her culture difficult to find. As the youthful teen matured, she held onto an idea to properly document cultural identity and to educate people on culture. A “resource” concept gradually emerged from this idea; and in 2019, The Pan-African Library Project, or The P.A.L. Project, was born.