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First, I would like to introduce myself. My name is Heidi, and I am currently an MBA student at Rice University in Houston, Texas. I was born in Iowa but made it to Texas, more specifically Irving, as soon as I could at age 4. I attended school in the Irving ISD, graduating from MacArthur High School. I then received an elementary education degree from the University of Texas at Arlington. I taught fourth grade briefly at a private school in Dallas and then became a word processor at a petroleum consulting firm in downtown Dallas. I hope to return to DFW after completing my MBA. Enough about me….what about Lemonade Day?
The internship I have the privilege of being a part of this summer involves bringing Prepared 4 Life’s amazing Lemonade Day Program to Dallas/Ft. Worth on May 2, 2010. Lemonade Day is a fun, free, community-wide, educational program for children of all ages. You can find out more at http://www.LemonadeDay.org.
How does it work? Children register for free, either online or at various registration events around the area. They then receive a backpack containing instructional workbooks, for both the child and a caring adult in the child’s life, on how to start, own, operate, and manage their own lemonade stand. Lemonade Day empowers youth by providing a fun, hands-on way to learn real-life business skills, such as setting goals, securing investors, budgeting, choosing locations, making signs, and customer service. As an added bonus in the end, the child gets to earn and keep all the money he or she makes. They are also encouraged to pay back investors and potentially give back to the community.
Multiple ways to get involved: Everyone, from corporations to individuals, has a role!
Lemonade Day’s History: The program was started in 2007 by entrepreneur/philanthropist Michael Holthouse and his not-for-profit organization Prepared4Life in Houston, Texas. Initially, Houston had 2,600 registered lemonade stands, to be followed by 11,000+ stands in 2008 and 27,000+ stands in 2009. The goal by 2013 is to reach one million children in 100 cities in a single day. In 2008 the program was launched in Austin, Texas; Bryan/College Station, Texas; Wayne County, Indiana; and Minneapolis, Minnesota with success.
Currently, I am part of a group of 10 interns/city developers involved in bringing Lemonade Day to DFW and the other cities you see on the tabs to the side.
As a prior teacher, my greatest moments were seeing a child truly take ownership of a project or task, because I knew they were genuinely learning in that moment. Lemonade Day embodies this concept to the fullest. Here, with the introduction of entrepreneurship and business to today’s youth, tomorrow’s leaders can get their first taste of success.
P.S. Another way to see what’s going on with Lemonade Day in DFW is by following me on Twitter: http://twitter.com/LDayFunDFW. Please join the Lemonade Day Facebook group for updates or find out more at http://www.LemonadeDay.org.