Xavier C is a 16-year old junior at St. Benedict's School in Newark. It was his Business and Finance teacher that encouraged ‘X’, as everyone calls him, to apply to our Business and Entrepreneurship program. At first, he was discouraged, thinking family finances would bar his participation; his teacher told him to apply anyway. Donated funding made the program an affordable reality for X. While he had no prior experience with glass, he was moved by the danger of the hot shop; “It is like bathing in molten lava,” he said. Inspired by his love of video games, his idea was to target the market of avid fans who would love to collect their favorite characters rendered in glass. He liked how the process of creating a business plan gave him an additional window on the concepts that he was learning in his personal finance and business classes at school. It made the school lessons come to life. X will be working nearby over the summer; just a few blocks away from GlassRoots. He hopes to spend as much time as he can back in our hot shop.