When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. When life gives you lemonade, learn about being an entrepreneur!
That’s the idea behind Lemonade Day. Started in Houston, Texas in 2007, the initiative grew to over 31 cities in 2011 and reached over 120,000 kids. Lemonade Day is a day where kids do exactly what they’ve always done – set up lemonade stands on the street and sell lemonade to passers-by. The difference is that they all do it at the same time, with resources like an Entrepreneur Workbook.
The goals of the program are to teach goal-setting, problem solving, and a range of entrepreneurial skills such as budget creation, customer service, investor relations, and conscious capitalism.
According to the website, “The foremost objective of Lemonade Day is to empower youth to take ownership of their lives and become productive members of society – the business leaders, social advocates, volunteers, and forward thinking citizens of tomorrow.”
So far Lemonade Day’s are set for New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and Lafayette. New Orleans’ Lemonade Day for 2012 is May 5th. Baton Rouge and Lafayette are participating in a combined South Louisiana Lemonade Day on May 12th.
Advanced registration is required in order to receive a Lemonade Day backpack with the workbook and other goodies. Sign up with your child, niece, nephew, neighbor, or any other child in your life. She may end up being the next Catherine Cook!