When Hillside Middle School student Sammi Yungman couldn't find the kind of charm bracelet she was looking for, she made her own.
Then, she kept making them for other people. The hobby has since become an online business, called Samsational Jewelry, for the 12-year-old. And as a young aspiring businesswoman, Sammi has already made philanthropy a cornerstone of her endeavor. She has created a pink, glass-beaded Hope bracelet. Sammi will donate $1 from the sale of each $5 bracelet to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation to benefit breast cancer research.
"I thought it was a good cause for women," she said. "I just wanted to get involved."
Sammi had a teacher who struggled with breast cancer and learned about the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation. Then Sammi told her mother she wanted to make bracelets to benefit the non-profit.
"I was really pleased to hear that," her mother, Lori Yungman, said. "Her father and I try to do a lot for the community...I’m very proud of her."
In the future, Sammi would like to continue designing jewelry. Her designs have been sold around Northville at Starring the Gallery and other locations. In addition to bracelets, she creates necklaces and earrings. The Hope bracelets will be sold until the end of March.
"I’d like to make my business grow a lot and I’d like to keep doing it," Sammi said. " It’s nice to create an idea and show it to the world."