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Jenny Goss, 19, said she has the recipe for success. The Queens, N.Y., native recently started Jenny's Remedies, her own all-natural juice company, out of her parents' kitchen.

"I got rejected from the Air Force," she said. "I just started going back to school and then when I got back into school I realized my only challenge was myself, getting over my own struggles."

Goss said her "struggles" were caused by her bad attitude. She said she kicked it and realized her potential with the help of NFTE, or the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, a nonprofit meant to inspire young people from low income communities to build businesses.

"We sort of give them a curriculum and a content and a set of experiences which actually opens their eyes to all kinds of new opportunities," said Amy Rosen, president and CEO of NFTE.

With grant money and a network of support, Goss nurtured her passion for juicing.

"I went around and I surveyed about 300 people in my community," she said. "I was able to see what people wanted--strawberries, blueberries."

Goss said there are no excuses and that a challenging background can translate to business savvy.

"Once you could survive where you live at and just go through things where you live at, everything that falls after this is so much easier," she said.

Jenny plans to be in a commercial kitchen by the end of the month and wants to start a line of granola bars.

www.nfte.com

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