Lemonade Day, a fun, experiential learning program that teaches youth how to start, own and operate their own business — a lemonade stand — began in Houston in 2007 and has grown from 2,700 kids to 120,000 kids in 31 cities across America and Canada.
Lemonade Day Louisiana, a nonprofit launched in 2010 by entrepreneur John Georges, CEO of Georges Enterprises and owner of The Advocate, and Todd Graves, CEO of Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers, empowers youth to take ownership of their lives and become productive members of society — the business leaders, social advocates, volunteers and forward-thinking citizens of tomorrow, according to louisiana.lemonadeday.org.
Georges and Graves both received their first taste of business by operating their own lemonade stands as kids.
Each child who registers will receive a backpack with an entrepreneur workbook that teaches the 14 lessons of Lemonade Day, such as creating budgets, setting profit-making goals, serving customers, repaying investors and giving back to the community.
Along the way, youth acquire skills in goal-setting and problem-solving and gain self-esteem, all critical for future success, the nonprofit said in a news release.
At the end of the day, children get to keep all the money they earned and are encouraged to spend some, save some and share some.
Gernisha Sylvester, 9, of Clinton, has already registered her lemonade stand. Gernisha’s stand in Clinton will be open from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. May 2 around the Clinton Courthouse square, 12305 St. Helena St.
Sylvester said she plans to spend some of her earnings on a Barbie Dream House, save some for a trip to the beach and share some with her mother.
The third-grader’s stand will be selling lemonade, water, brownies, pecan candy, chips and pickles.
By participating in Lemonade Day, youth learn about supply and demand; credit, debt, and gross and net income; critical thinking and collaboration; civic responsibility; teamwork; math calculations; and oral and written communication among other lessons, the release said.
Youth are urged to get creative in naming and registering their lemonade stands online so that event organizers can send customers their way.
In Zachary, Lemonade Day promises to be a sweet, family-oriented event from 11 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. May 2 at the Americana development, off Mount Pleasant Road.
Food trucks and inflatables will be featured all day as well as the General Lee, the classic car from “The Dukes of Hazzard.”
From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., YelpBR will host pet adoptions.
At 11:30 a.m., lemonade stands open.
From 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., the 3 Piece White band will perform.
From 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. John Schneider, Bo Duke from “The Dukes of Hazzard” television series, will perform in concert to close out the day’s festivities.