Karanja Famodou, Alia Cummings and Lauren Brinker at Lemonade Day

Lemonade Day Detroit Kicks Off

Lemonade Day Detroit launches its second year of teaching local children how to start, own and operate a business through the simple and time-honored act of running a lemonade stand.

Lemonade Day Detroit will take place June 9, and the goal is to have 5,000 entrepreneurs hit the streets of Metro Detroit.

Children pre-K to grade 12 can register for their Lemonade Day backpacks, full of easy tips and suggestions that are age-appropriate for each group. Children and their caring adults can register online at detroit.lemonadeday.org, or register and pick up backpacks at our Lemonade Day Detroit Strategic Partners’ locations and at Art Van stores.

“Lemonade Day’s mission is to arm our youth with tools that help them see that they can do whatever they want, and be successful,” said Mike Fezzey, president of Huntington National Bank's East Michigan Region, Lemonade Day Detroit’s presenting sponsor. “Lemonade Day helps walk children and caring adults through every step of setting up a business, and they are also learning life skills. Everyone needs to learn to balance a budget; who knew it could be fun?”

More than 2,600 ‘business owners’ hit the streets of Metro Detroit last year, encouraged by strategic partners like ARISE Detroit! “Lemonade Day Detroit is a great opportunity to expand the horizons of young people and offer them something new. That’s what we’re all looking for,” said Luther Keith, executive director of ARISE Detroit! “I just encourage parents and teachers to participate and make June 9 a great day for Detroit.”

A new highlight for the 2012 program is the Lemonade Day Detroit Workshop. On April 28, 1-4 p.m., children and caring adults will be able to work with volunteers on building a booth, making a business plan, creating a theme and signage and trying out lemonade recipes. Second Ebenezer Church, 14601 Dequindre Road, Detroit, is hosting the event. The activities and parking are free.

Lemonade Day is a part of Prepared 4 Life, a nonprofit that provides experiential programs infused with life skills, character education and entrepreneurship. Lemonade Day started in Houston in 2007 and has grown to a nationwide program. This year Lemonade Day will expand to 29 cities and more than 200,000 children.

To register, or learn about ways that everyone can get involved in Lemonade Day Detroit June 9, please visit detroit.lemonadeday.org. For information about sponsorships, partnerships or donations, please contact Elyse Ruen at 248-953-8123 or eruen@jrturnbull.com.

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