LEMONADE DAY BRINGS REFRESHING BOOST TO
LOCAL ECONOMY AND YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS
The Rio Grande Educational Collaborative (RGEC) is working with local businesses CenturyLink and First Convenience Bank to introduce the Albuquerque community to Lemonade Day and inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs and world changers. Lemonade Day is a free, community-wide program that is part of a national initiative dedicated to teaching youth how to start, own and operate their own business through the simple and time-honored act of building and running a lemonade stand. The program culminates in an actual day of operation of the children, Lemonade Day!, slated for Saturday, May 2, 2015.
Registration for Lemonade Day has officially kicked off with online registration now live at albuquerque.lemonadeday.org. RGEC will be incorporating Lemonade Day into its afterschool program at certain Albuquerque schools.
"RGEC is so proud to be able to bring this phenomenal program to our state and local community. The seed of business ownership will be planted in hundreds of children as a result of the Lemonade Day program," said Peter Sanchez, CEO of the Atrisco Companies and RGEC.
CenturyLink provided student backpacks for the event. The backpacks contain a mentor guide and entrepreneurial workbook that will teach youth how to set goals, create a budget, find an investor, choose a site location, create an advertising plan, build a stand, use their accounting and banking skills to determine results, and give back through 14 lessons. Each child receives their own workbook, backpack, and mentor guide. The Lemonade Day Entrepreneur Workbook covers everything from finding an investor to being a socially responsible citizen by choosing a charity with whom to share a portion of their profits. Workbooks were created in partnerships with Junior Achievement and Search Institute. The city and local sponsors are featured on the front and back of workbooks.
"CenturyLink is pleased to play a role in bringing Lemonade Day to the young people of Albuquerque," stated CenturyLink's Vice President of Operations Valerie Dodd. "Our hope is that this unique program creates an environment that makes business ownership exciting, inspiring a new generation to become successful entrepreneurs."
"Lemonade Day leverages a simple, small business concept and creates a learning experience for children that can become the catalyst for a lifetime of success through financial literacy and entrepreneurialism," said First Convenience Bank President Robert W. Hoxworth.
ABOUT LEMONADE DAY
Lemonade Day is a national program that has expanded to over 40 cities impacting more than 200,000 children. Lemonade Day was founded in 2007 when Houston, Texas, entrepreneur and philanthropist Michael Holthouse was inspired by the lessons he taught his young daughter and her friend when they set-up a lemonade stand. To sign up or learn about ways to get involved in Lemonade Day, please visit albuquerque.lemonadeday.org.