Joshua Z.: Making A Difference In The Community- One Sweet At A Time

Joshua Z. is the 16-year-old founder and owner of JZ’s Sweets which opened May 5, 2018. He has a passion for helping others and decided to utilize entrepreneurship to benefit children in need. Initially, his business offered candy, cake pops, and other dipped treats. The COVID-19 pandemic caused him to pivot towards offering online merchandise in order to help fulfill his mission.

Joshua has been able to utilize part of his proceeds to donate over $3000 worth of toiletries, clothes, school supplies, and other items to various schools and charitable organizations located in St. Louis, MO & West Tennessee. Joshua is intentional on partnering with organizations who assist children in foster care and those who are homeless.

JZ’s Sweets has been featured on Fox 2 Now and has participated in many community events. Joshua also utilizes his platform to speak to students about entrepreneurship, goal setting, and youth empowerment.

Joshua is a proud member of Young Biz Kidz- an organization that promotes youth entrepreneurship and financial literacy. He has received the “Student Spotlight” at Friendly Temple Church for his entrepreneurial efforts. Despite the challenges of the pandemic and virtual learning, Joshua was able to maintain honor roll status throughout the entire 2020-2021 school year.

He plans to publish a children’s book related to his business endeavors and mission to help others.


Joshua is available for:


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His topics of expertise include Entrepreneurship, Youth Empowerment, Leadership, and Food Service.

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  • It Started With A Cake Pop

    Joshua has always been an inquisitive kid who enjoys sweet treats, entrepreneurship, and helping others. He decided to combine all of those interests and launch JZ's Sweets on May 5, 2018. Since then, Joshua has received rave reviews on the taste and texture of his famous homemade cake pops.

  • Workshop Ready

    Talking to his peers is something that Joshua greatly enjoys. As pictured here, he discusses his accomplishments and the challenges he faces as a youth entrepreneur. On this day in particular, he engaged with approximately 150 students at an elementary school in St. Louis, MO.

  • Crazy For Cake Pops

    Joshua offers various flavors of cake pops, which include strawberry, vanilla, and cookies-n-cream. He takes pride in ensuring that each of his treats provide a quality in flavor and freshness.

  • Community Outreach

    JZ's Sweets and Re-Re The Reader thoroughly enjoys helping others in need. In this photo, they gave away over 100 books and goodies to students at a rural elementary school in West Tennessee.

  • JZ's Merch

    The pandemic caused JZ's Sweets to pivot towards offering various merchandise in order to continue his mission. A portion of the proceeds from all sales goes towards efforts that benefit children in foster care.


    Joshua has decided to add "author" to his resume!

    Look out for his debut book in FALL 2024.