Lemonade Day in Phoenix

June 15, 2009 at 2:54 pm Leave a comment

Hello Phoenix!

My name is Kris, a senior at the University of Houston. I work with Prepared 4 Life (P4L), a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to empowering youth to take ownership of their lives and become healthy, contributing members of society – the business leaders, social advocates, volunteers, and forward thinking citizens of tomorrow.

P4L accomplishes this through an annual program called Lemonade Day (LD). LD is a free city-wide event that teaches kids the skills they need to be successful in the future. They learn to set goals, develop a business plan, establish a budget, seek investors, provide customer service, and give back to the community. Yesterday I attended the awards ceremony for this year’s Lemonade Day and one of the wonderful finalists described her experience this year this way, “I learned how to run a business, be successful, and give back to the community.”

Starting at around the end of March 2010 every kid who has registered through one of our many registration drives or on our website will receive a free back pack with all of the supplies that they will need to start and run their own lemonade business. Included will be an entrepreneur’s workbook to help guide the kids through the process as a well as a caring adult guide to assist the adult that will work with the kid.

The program started off in Houston in 2007 with 2,600 stands set up. In 2009 Houston had over 27,000 stands! That is phenomenal growth in a city not much different from Phoenix in population. I hope that through my hard work and effort and the embracement of LD by the Phoenix community we can surpass Houston as the leading LD city in the nation.

To help achieve that goal I’m trying to get the word out to as many people as I can, if you or anyone you know is interested in sponsoring, donating, volunteering, or getting involved in some other fashion or if there are any questions you can contact me at Kris@Lemonadeday.org. You can also follow me on Twitter for new info regarding LD in Phoenix @LDayFunPhoenix.

-Kris

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