Lemonade Day empowers 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.
Sites are currently planned at State Street Elementary in Baden and at First United Methodist Church in Ambridge. The Center for Hope will also host a group of students learning the curriculum.
There is no charge for students to participate in the program, although registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Applications are now available at State Street Elementary in Baden, at Highland Elementary School in Ambridge, and at Economy Elementary in Economy.
Students will hold their Lemonade Stands the weekend of May 15th-17th to coincide with the Nationality Days festival. Student participants will compete to see who has the Best Stand, Best Business, and Best Tasting Lemonade.
Lemonade Day is typically held in late spring or early summer with registration beginning early in the year. Each child that registers receives a backpack with an Entrepreneur Workbook that teaches them the 14 lessons of Lemonade Day. These include creating budgets, setting profit-making goals, serving customers, repaying investors, and giving back to the community.
In addition to enhancing their math calculations, reading comprehension, and communications skills, participants develop financial literacy, critical thinking, civic responsibility, customer service, problem solving, presentation skills, leadership, personal productivity, self-direction, social responsibility, social skills, and self-confidence. They keep all the money they make and are encouraged to spend some, save some, and share some.
More About the Lemonade Day Program:
Houston entrepreneur and philanthropist Michael Holthouse co-founded the non-profit Prepared for Life (P4L) with his wife Lisa in 2005. P4L started as an after-school program directed at teaching youth entrepreneurial and life skills along with character development.
Inspired by events leading up to his daughter, Lissa, opening up her own lemonade stand, Holthouse saw firsthand the value and potential that a city-wide Lemonade Day could offer children in their understanding of entrepreneurship.
Lemonade Day was formally launched in Houston in 2007 and has since spread to cities all across the country with more than 200,000 youth participants.
The Franklin Center of Beaver County has brought the first Prepared 4 Life Lemonade Day Youth Entrepreneurship Program to Pennsylvania. The program joins the Franklin Center’s other youth entrepreneurship programs, which includes a 6th-12th grade summer and after-school pathway program offered year-round with founding partners the Community College of Beaver County and Entrepreneuring Youth and community partners, The Center for Hope and the Carnegie Library of Beaver Falls.
The program is sponsored locally by Beaver County Children and Youth Services and PNC Bank. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available.
For more information or to help sponsor the program, contact Sandra M. Curry, Franklin Center Education Director and Lemonade Day City Director at (724) 378-2882 ext. 20 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact Nicholas Tisak, principal at Highland Elementary, Thomas McKelvey, principal at State Street, and Aphrodite Galitsis, principal at Economy Elementary for more information at 724-266-2833.