Lemonade Day and LA!

June 15, 2009 at 4:42 pm Leave a comment

Los Angeles Metro Area (LA)

Hello Los Angeles!!!

My name is Katie, I am a senior at Rice University in Houston, Texas. I was born and raised in Houston (and clearly didn’t get far when I went to college!). As much as I love Houston, I also love traveling and have visited 16 of the 50 states and been on five international trips to five different countries! I’ve visited Los Angeles on several occasions to visit family and just to enjoy the city and I’m always sorry when it is time to leave.

That said, I was really excited when I was given the opportunity, through my internship, to work with Los Angeles this summer! My internship, which I am privileged and really excited to be a part of, is to bring Prepared 4 Life’s fantastic Lemonade Day program to Los Angeles on May 2, 2010. Lemonade Day is a fun, free, community-wide, educational program for kids of all ages! The Lemonade Day website is http://www.LemonadeDay.org for more information on how to join the fun!

How does it work? Children register for free, either online or at various registration events around the area. They then receive a backpack containing instructional workbooks, for both the child and a caring adult in the child’s life, on how to start, own, operate, and manage their own lemonade stand. Lemonade Day empowers youth by providing a fun, hands-on way to learn real-life business skills, such as setting goals, securing investors, budgeting, choosing locations, making signs, and customer service. As an added bonus in the end, the child gets to earn and keep all the money he or she makes. They are also encouraged to pay back investors and potentially give back to the community.

Multiple ways to get involved: Everyone, from corporations to individuals, has a role!

Sponsorship: Unique way to spend marketing dollars
City leadership
Volunteering: Registration events, Material preparation
Marketing: Displaying Lemonade Day materials
Getting children involved: Parents, teachers, principals, after-school programs, clubs, sports teams, extracurricular activities, etc.
Spreading the word to friends and family
Buying lemonade on May 2, 2010!!!
Lemonade Day’s History: The program was started in 2007 by entrepreneur/philanthropist Michael Holthouse and his not-for-profit organization Prepared4Life in Houston, Texas. Initially, Houston had 2,600 registered lemonade stands, to be followed by 11,000+ stands in 2008 and 27,000+ stands in 2009. The goal by 2013 is to reach one million children in 100 cities in a single day. In 2008 the program was launched in Austin, Texas; Bryan/College Station, Texas; Wayne County, Indiana; and Minneapolis, Minnesota with great success.

Right now, I am part of a group of 11 interns/city developers working to bring Lemonade Day to LA and the other cities you see on the tabs to the side.

Lemonade Day is a ton of fun every year and while I love the actual day, with all of the lemonade stands and excited kids, my favorite part comes just after Lemonade Day when we get to hear back from some of the kids who participated. There are so many incredible stories that no one in this office can tell without at least chocking up. The kids who participate in this program emerge from the experience empowered and with the knowledge that they can do whatever they put their minds to. Here, with the introduction of entrepreneurship and business to today’s youth, tomorrow’s leaders can get their first taste of success. I will start posting some of my favorite stories here every Thursday (not all of them are tearjerkers, some of them are hysterical!). Be sure to stop by to see how Lemonade Day helps transform kids into the leaders of tomorrow!

P.S. Another way to see what’s going on with Lemonade Day in LA is by following me on Twitter: http://twitter.com/LDayFunLA. Please join the Lemonade Day Facebook group for updates or find out more at http://www.LemonadeDay.org.


Entry filed under: Los Angeles.

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