BY DEBBIE NAZARIAN, LEMONADE DAY NATIONAL DIRECTOR
At Lemonade Day, we couldn’t impact the lives of more children without the support of our generous donors. Coinciding with Giving Tuesday, I’m humbled to announce that the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation has awarded a $300,000 grant to Lemonade Day National to lead our expansion efforts to new communities and increase support in several of our current cities.
The Mott Foundation believes in nurturing strong, self-reliant individuals and building strong communities through collaboration to provide a basis for positive change. Lemonade Day National is honored to partner with the Mott Foundation to expand educational opportunities that enable all children to succeed in school, careers and life. The Mott Foundation compliments Lemonade Day’s vision to help all children acquire the knowledge, skills and behaviors they need to succeed in life.
Young people who have access to fun, experiential programs that build their creativity and entrepreneurial skills are more prepared for school, career opportunities and life. These skills and mindsets help them become the business and community leaders, social advocates, community volunteers and forward-thinking citizens of tomorrow. Thanks to the Mott Foundation, through Lemonade Day’s educational curriculum and digital platform, students across the country will have access to these opportunities, whether they are learning in-person or online.
Christopher Stallworth, program office at the Mott Foundation, understands the importance of teaching life skills at an early age. “Young people who have the opportunity to create, innovate, and think like entrepreneurs, are better equipped to succeed in the future. We’re delighted that Lemonade Day, working in concert with afterschool programs, will bring these opportunities to more of our youth.”
The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, established in 1926 in Flint, Michigan, by an automotive pioneer, is a private philanthropy committed to supporting projects that promote a just, equitable and sustainable society. It supports nonprofit programs throughout the United States and, on a limited geographic basis, internationally. Grantmaking is focused in four programs: Civil Society, Education, Environment and Flint Area. In addition to Flint, offices are located in metropolitan Detroit, Johannesburg and London.
In Year One, we will introduce and launch Lemonade Day in Flint and Atlanta, GA for kindergarten through 12th grade. Also, Lemonade Day will launch new high school programming in the current Lemonade Day cities of Galveston and Killeen/Fort Hood in Texas. In Year Two, the organization will introduce and launch Lemonade Day in Charleston, West Virginia.
Thank you, Mott Foundation, for supporting our young business dreamers!
I welcome your comments, questions and suggestions. For more information about Lemonade Day, please visit www.lemonadeday.org.