Yakima Children Invited to Join Lemonade Day Youth Entrepreneurship Program


Courtesy: Lemonade Day

YAKIMA COUNTY, Wash. – The Greater Yakima Chamber of Commerce is looking for elementary-aged children to participate in Lemonade Day, a free program that helps kids earn money and gain financial literacy by creating their own booth of lemonade.

“Kids can make literally hundreds of dollars on Lemonade Day,” said National Lemonade Day Director Debbie Nazarian. “The average is between three and five hundred dollars.”

Nazarian said the program gives children a basic knowledge of how to start a business, which helps build their confidence and inspires some to become entrepreneurs.

“Entrepreneurial aspiration diminishes as a child grows and that is why it is so important to reach these children while they are young,” Nazarian said.

Nazarian said 31% of kids who went through the Lemonade Day program run their own business, compared to 4% of kids who didn’t get a chance to participate in the program.

“Mentors guide participants through the Youth Entrepreneurship courses via the My Lemonade Day app (available on the Apple Store My Lemonade Day app) or with workbooks and guide participants through the journey planning, starting and operating a business. Valuable lessons from Lemonade Day include setting a goal, making a plan, working on the plan, and achieving their dreams. Once a youth repays their investor, they keep all the money they earn and are encouraged to spend it, save it, and share some of their profits.],” a press release read.

Parents can enroll their kids for free, become a mentor, help them work through the Lemonade Day workbook, and find an investor for their start-up costs.

“A lot of banks would like to give micro loans to children,” Nazarian said. “Kids can walk in and they take their business plan to a loan officer and apply for a start-up loan for their lemonade stand business.”

Lemonade Day Town Manager Lindsey Madsen said once their businesses are established, the kids will gather at the SOZO Sports Complex in Yakima to show off their new businesses and sell their wares.

“We can have a little friendly competition among all the kids to see who has the best lemonade recipe, who has the best design idea,” Madsen said. “We want to provide a safe space for them to explore their entrepreneurial spirit through this program and make it a really fun community event.”

More information about the program and how to register can be found at www.lemonadeday.org/yakima-county.

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