Many times, there is great focus put on those who have already achieved a substantial amount of success in terms of money, careers and personal achievements and not a lot of focus on the future change-makers–those on the brink of success. They are the young, hard-working individuals who may not yet be the CEO or the president but are striving to make changes in their own lives and the lives of those around them as a stepping stone to changing the world.

Kenosha Traynham-Cooper is a vibrant 25-year-old woman who has not let tragedy or struggle define her path. After the loss of her mother, Sharon Traynham, in 2005 due to complications from sickle-cell anemia, Traynham-Cooper knew that was the exact time that she needed to decide who she was going to be. She says that her mother instilled that sense of determination and faith in her.

“Before she passed away, she asked me, ‘If I die right now, what would you do? Would you get depressed and go crazy, or stop doing what I instilled in you? Or would you continue to do everything that you know I want you to do?’ I don’t even remember if I answered her, but I think she already knew what I would do because she wouldn’t have it any other way,” she said. “Even if I had the desire to not do anything at all, I wouldn’t be able to. It’s just not in me. I’m not built that way. That’s not how she built me.”

It is this kind of mentality that has always made Traynham-Cooper an achiever. Having finished high school a year early, and having gone on to complete her bachelor’s in psychology and master’s degree in public administration by the age of 22, she has never made education or obtaining success an option. She knew she was responsible for making her life what she wanted it to be. “Nobody else is going to get you where you need to be,” she said.

Today Traynham-Cooper is an independent broker, and her business, Future Generations, is designed to help people save money through saving energy. “I’m a broker for a few Fortune 500 companies and I help people save and make money. I help individuals within their households save money; I cut their expenses in their household and increase their savings.”

She also does the same for businesses, increasing their profit margins and their savings. She’s been self-employed since July 2012, and she says it takes a lot of discipline.

“Being self-employed and not having a job per se … I’m not going to say it’s hard, but it’s not easy. You have to have that thing inside of you that says, ‘I’m going to get up every day, and I have to do something every single day so that my business can grow.’ You have to have a ‘why,’ and my ‘why’ is my daughter.”

Traynham-Cooper has a 4-year-old daughter named Amira-Dior, and as a single mother, she is determined to not just earn money, but to earn lasting money so that her daughter can be comfortable. “Anyone can obtain money, but I want to have generational wealth,” she said.

Traynham-Cooper believes in speaking her dreams into existence and does not believe that anything is out of reach. She does not just want a nice house or even a mansion. She wants the castle. “I will be living on my own island in five more years. You have to have big aspirations. If you have a dream and you can accomplish it by yourself, then it’s not big enough.”

Having grown up with her mother in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, Traynham-Cooper credits her family as being the foundation she needed to grow. During her single mother’s battle with sickle-cell disease, her grandmother Bessie helped raise her. “I get a lot of my strength from her,” Traynham-Cooper said. And though her mother was a single mother, her father, Kenneth Cooper, was always there. “My father was in my life, he has never left me,” she said.

The church is also family to Traynham-Cooper. She travels from Brooklyn to Queens weekly to attend church at Rose of Sharon Baptist Church and credits leaders Bishop Martin K. Watson and Pastor Gail Watson as sources of inspiration as well. “If I was not there, I don’t know how life would be,” she said.

On the top of her to-do list is to get funding for the foundation she started, the Sharon and Stephen Traynham Creative Arts Fund for Sickle-Cell Disease, under the Sickle Cell/Thalassemia Patient’s Network. Aiding people through honoring her late mother and uncle, who also passed away from the disease, is what she works hard to do. “I absolutely love helping people,” she said.

Through hard work and faith, Traynham-Cooper only sees one direction, and that’s up. Her plan is to expand her business and to take on other projects that she is interested in, including shoe design. Whatever it is, Traynham-Cooper plans to work hard doing it. Before she leaves the house for the day, her daughter asks her where she’s going, and she responds, “I have to go get your castle.”