Lemonade Day is on Sunday, May 1, 2011. This one-day event offers the perfect opportunity for a county Farm Bureau to help engage an entire community to show kids that they can be entrepreneurs and how to handle their own money. This program teaches young people how to start, own and operate their very first business: a lemonade stand.
Schools and other organizations can collaborate in order to get the whole town or city to support the efforts of their youth. Each child is paired with a caring adult to create their own one-day business, which then turns into a community event with many kids involved.
“This is a nation-wide event that teaches kids the skills they need to be successful in the future. Youth learn to set goals, develop a business plan, establish a budget, seek investors, provide customer service, and give back to the community. Lemonade day is a great opportunity for communities to show kids they care and train the next generation of entrepreneurs through fun, engaging, experiential activities.”
Click here to see the 7 minute Lemonade Day documentary that explains the entire process and its benefits.
The following information is available on the About Lemonade Day page:
Who can participate: Youth of all ages can participate (with adult supervision!). Not only does Lemonade Day directly affect the participants, but it also affects the entire community. To register for an official Lemonade Day stand and to participate in the event, a parent or guardian must sign a consent form agreeing that a responsible adult will assist and supervise.
Who can get involved and how: Anyone and everyone can be involved in Lemonade Day! Young entrepreneurs that have lemonade stands need adult supervision, sponsors, investors, employees, and customers!
Lemonade Day Logistics:
Materials: Lemonade Day will provide “how to” Entrepreneur Workbooks explaining budgets, securing investors, choosing locations, marketing, and customer service. These materials including the Caring Adult Guide are found in the backpack and available to download after registering online.
Location: The stands will be set up in a location selected by the entrepreneur. Each entrepreneur is responsible for obtaining permission to sell lemonade on private property.
Time: Participating youth and their responsible adult may open for business at any time during Lemonade Day. Do what works best for you. Our suggestion is from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
How to register: Registration opens the spring of 2011.
Ways to volunteer: On our website we have many opportunities available to help make Lemonade Day a huge success: Registering Kids, Backpack Stuffing, Special Events, Spreading the word about Lemonade Day, and Drinking lots of fabulous lemonade!
How to sponsor: Through sponsorships, companies can donate or become a partner. Businesses are also encouraged to get employees involved by distributing information or even creating a company-wide family event around Lemonade Day…the possibilities are endless! National inquiries, please contact Julie Eberly at firstname.lastname@example.org
How schools can participate: We encourage every school in the city, public and private, to get involved. Lemonade Day is a unique experiential learning opportunity combining academics and life skills to teach youth about entrepreneurship. Lemonade Day has developed lesson plans highlighting your state teaching objectives are available on our website. For information on becoming a partner contact us.
How to get backpacks: Materials will be available in spring of 2011 for registered kids pre-K through 12.
Where does the money go? The young entrepreneurs keep everything they earn. In the spirit of a true business, they are encouraged to open a savings account, pay back investors and make a further investment in their community by donating a portion of their profits to a charity of their choice.
Contest info: Each city will participate in three major contests, Best Tasting Lemonade, Best Lemonade Stand, and Best Business. Upon registration you will receive further details about entering the contests.