Lemonade Day

Being in business, when I came across this I was intrigued.  Seems like a great way to mentor our youth:

http://lemonadeday.org/about/

 

Each child that registers for Lemonade Day receives a backpack with an Entrepreneur Workbook and Caring Adult Guide that teaches them the 14 lessons of Lemonade Day including how to set goals, develop a business plan, secure an investor, create a product, make a profit, and give back to the community. These aspiring entrepreneurs and their mentor are guided step by step to the keys for success. They learn that if you set a goal, make a plan, and work that plan, you can achieve your dreams. These lessons culminate on one day where youth all across the city open for business. The best part is that after covering their expenses and paying back their investor, children are encouraged to open a youth savings account and “spend a little, save a little and share a little,” by donating a portion of their profits to a local charity of their choice.

“It is important that we teach future generations the importance of responsible business practices and instill the entrepreneurial spirit at a young age – an age that allows them to have hope and vision to excel in the future,” says founder, Michael Holthouse, “Our goal is to reach kids as a critical stage in their lives – that time when they are at a crossroads between a very good or bad path.”

Lemonade Day teaches youth how to start, own and operate their own business – using a lemonade stand. Through this enterprise, children will learn the entrepreneurial skills necessary to successful in the future and become contributing members of their communities. Children learn the basic principles of business in a hands-on, active way.

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