Teach them NOW!

July 22, 2009 at 5:44 pm Leave a comment

With 3 weeks of this internship left, I have barely scratched the surface of what this amazing city has to offer. Out of the 11 cities that Lemonade Day is expanding to, I feel like Atlanta has one of the greatest amounts of potential.  There are SO many communities and at risk youth that could truly benefit from the amazing Lemonade Day Program; I am determined to reach them.  But I cannot do it alone.

Let’s look at some facts:

FACT:

Atlanta is the third largest city in the United States, the urban core of one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the United States, it has the nation’s third largest amount of Fortune 500 companies, and over  75% of the nations Fortune 1000 companies.  On top of this all, it has also been named the “Black Enterprise”, or “Black Mecca” of America.  And how can I forget, Forbes ranked Atlanta as one of the top 5 cities/metro areas to run a business.  When we are talking about expanding a program that teaches youth to be business savvy, financially literate, successful entrepreneurs early on in life…is there really a better a place?

FACT:

The importance of encouraging entrepreneurial interests among youth–within families, neighborhoods, and larger communities–strikes at the heart of Black Enterprise Declaration of Financial Empowerment Principle No. 7: to provide access to programs that will educate my children about business and finance. There are plenty of resources available for parents that will help their children learn about business and finance including camps, economics programs, clubs, and associations.

Guess what?  Lemonade Day can be one of those resources!  I have to be honest and tell you, I’m in my junior year of college, and until I interned with this amazing program, I never even IMAGINED being an entrepreneur.  Had I had this mindset earlier on in life, do you know how far ahead in I would be?  Let me give you an example, let’s look at an amazing young entrepreneur  I met through this internship,  Keith J. Davis Jr.  (look him up at keithjdavisjr.com).  Keith has done more in his youth than some have done in their lifetime.  He is an entrepreneur, speaker, author, actor, and model, and is well on his way to being a multi millionaire before he graduates college, and retired by 35. Why? He was exposed to business and entrepreneurship extremely early in life, and was aware that he had endless opportunities and resources.  Did I mention he is 18, and a recent high school graduate?

Lemonade Day is indeed for EVERYONE, but I am extremely determined to reach those at risk, inner city, minority youth that I know will benefit the most from it.  How amazing would it be to expose them to something that lets them know that they can create their own opportunities for success?  How amazing would it be to let them know that they don’t have to settle for where they are in life and that their current circumstances do not have to dictate what they can and cannot do in life? Kids can never learn too early how to grow and manage their money, we want to expose them to this all very early on through Lemonade Day.  Teach them now, why wait?

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I spoke in an earlier blog post about being a village and building a community that cares through Lemonade Day. I am calling all businesses, nonprofits, government, schools, and religious sectors to join together and become that village that empowers kids in Atlanta to run a business, be successful, and give back through Lemonade Day.  Who is in?

Contact me: iman@lemonadeday.org

Visit our site: www.lemonadeday.org

Follow me on Twitter: twitter.com/LDayFunAtlanta

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