Teen Entrepreneur Creates Jewelry Line to Benefit Human Trafficking Awareness

Butch Hartman's daughter, Carly, designs her own jewelry line, Cora Wear.

Carly Hartman presents her jewelry line at this year’s Reyes Adobe Days.

Carly Hartman may only be 18, but she has already created quite a stir with her humanitarian projects. When we first spoke with the Moorpark College student, she was organizing her own pageant to empower young women to become confident future movers and shakers. Last Saturday, we caught up with Hartman, daughter of Butch Hartman (creatorFairly OddParents, Danny Phantom, Tough Puppy), at Reyes Adobe Days where she was selling her own line of jewelry called Cora Wear.

Hartman, who will be attending a bible college in Colorado next year, said she learned to make jewelry from watching Youtube videos and started the business in May of 2013, “the second I graduated from high school,” she writes on her website. In addition to being sold online, Cora Wear will soon be available in stores and boutiques, she said. A percentage of the proceeds from Cora Wear go the Hartman family foundation, Hartman House, a non-profit with the motto, “We can for those who can’t.”

“We’ve built houses in Guatemala … passed out toys to kids in Africa, and we provide a turkey harvest to families for Thanksgiving across the country,” she said of the organization’s efforts.

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Freedom Collection. Photo courtesy, Cora Wear

Recently, Hartman added a new line of jewelry called the Freedom Collection–a choice of two necklaces (“Free Him,” “Free Her”)–which donates 50 percent of the proceeds to organizations that support ending human trafficking. “We’re starting with Dream Center in L.A,” she said. “They house ex-prostitutes and do amazing things.”

The idea was inspired by one of Hartman’s pageant winners who wanted to bring awareness to the issue. “One of the things we wanted to do is support our winners’ platforms,” she said. “Another winner ‘s platform is adoption.”

Considered a huge success, Hartman plans to continue the pageant for the next two years.

When asked about his daughter’s endeavors, Butch said, “She’s really doing some amazing things.”

Click here for more information about the Freedom Collection.


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