Wednesday, March 21, 2012

NYC Lemonade Day on June 3rd: Teach Kids Entrepreneurship!

This article was supplied by MCC member: Claudia Fox, City Manager, NYC Lemonade Day

For the first time, New York City, will participate in Lemonade Day, a free, community-wide program dedicated to teaching children how to start, own and operate their own business through the simple and time-honored act of building and running a lemonade stand. Lemonade Day takes place every year around the country and this year, it will take place in New York City on June 3rd, 2012. The goal is to have new entrepreneurs set up their lemonade stands strategic locations throughout the city to learn a valuable lesson for business success in their youth: don’t wait to find a job, create one! Locations to be announced.

Lemonade Day provides youth with many life lessons, including saving for the future, and this year the lead supporters will help teach these lessons across New York City.

Through the program, New York City youth learn real life skills that teach them experiential learning by owning and operating their own business. They also gain the opportunity to “spend a little, save a little and share a little,” by donating a portion of their profits to a local charity of their choice. After covering expenses and paying back their investors, the children are encouraged to open a youth savings account.

Lemonade Day is a part of Prepared 4 Life, a non-profit that provides fun, proactive and experiential programs infused with life skills, character education and entrepreneurship. Lemonade Day was born in Houston in 2007, and was inspired by the lessons local entrepreneur and philanthropist, Michael Holthouse, taught his young daughter and her friend when they set-up their own lemonade stand. Since then it has grown to a nationwide program, and this year Lemonade Day will expand to over 41 cities.

If you know of a school, organization or an individual child that you think would benefit from this program, please register on the website: or call Claudia Fox, City Manager at 914 210 0729.

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