Our story

The Elkhart County Story

Lemonade Day is a free, fun, experiential learning program that teaches youth how to start, own and operate their own business – a lemonade stand. It began in Houston, Texas in 2007. Since then it has grown from 2,700 kids to 1 million kids across North America in 2015 – including ours!

The foremost objective of Lemonade Day is to empower 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.

Each child that registers receives a backpack with an Entrepreneur Workbook that teaches them the lessons of Lemonade Day like creating budgets, setting profit-making goals, serving customers, repaying investors, and giving back to the community. Along the way, they acquire skills in goal-setting, problem solving, and gain self-esteem critical for future success. They keep all the money they make and are encouraged to spend some, save some and share some.

Our Team

Liz Brow

Kelsey Tyte

Executive Director

Program Manager

Our Board of Directors 

Jim Story
1st Source Bank

Amish Shah
Kem Krest Corporation

Eddie Tabor
Chase Bank

Doug Wait
Wait Industries

Jill Hardesty
Gibson

Adam Bujalski
Interra Credit Union

Ron BonDurant
Lake City Bank

Kurt Kruggel
Kruggel Lawton CPA

Sheila Sieradzki
Centier Bank

Mike Nicolini
RSM, LLC

 

Cory Marlow
Raymond James Advisors

 

 

 

 

 

 

GIVING YOUTH THE TOOLS FOR SUCCESS

What do kids learn by participating in Lemonade Day?

  • Capital Equipment
  • Consumables
  • Supply & Demand
  • Credit, Debt, Gross & Net Income
  • Marginal Utility
  • Return on Investment
  • Compound Interest
  • Critical Thinking & Collaboration
  • Interest in Attending College
  • Civic Responsibility
  • Customer Service
  • Teamwork & Problem Solving
  • Presentation Skills & Design
  • Leadership
  • Belief That Attaining Goals is Within Reach
  • Personal Productivity
  • Self-Direction & Time Management
  • Social Responsibility & Charity
  • High Order Thinking
  • Social Skills & Self Confidence
  • Math Calculations
  • Reading & Interpreting Data
  • Oral & Written Communication

77% of Lemonade Day participants met their goal in 2016!