Deana (center), a 14-year-old student in Champaign, and her mom Sylvia (right) participated in 2010 Illinois Lemonade Day, a community outreach project launched by AEL. Deana donated the money she earned from her business to her trip to a Haiti orphanage.
Lemonade Day is an education program designed to teach youths from kindergarten through 12th grade how to start, own, and operate their own business - a lemonade stand. This nation-wide event teaches kids 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 provides an opportunity for families, businesses, community organizations, and schools to come together for a common purpose- to train the next generation of entrepreneurs through a free, fun, engaging, experiential activity. For more information, see www.lemonadeday.org.
The Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership at the University of Illinois is the organizer for Lemonade Day in Illinois.