New Orleans’ budding entrepreneurs serve up lemonade on Lemonade Day

Lemonade anyone? Lemonade Day University committee members Garet Patterson and Lizzie Guiza. Photo by Stephanie Campani

On April 23, 2016, the Junior League of New Orleans hosted its annual Lemonade Day University, which helps children prepare for Lemonade Day. Lemonade Day is held in early May, and more than 150,000 children in 36 cities across the United States and Canada operate their own lemonade stands and learn valuable skills such as creating budgets, setting profit-making goals, serving customers, repaying investors, and giving back to the community. JLNO hosted Lemonade Day University to prepare these budding entrepreneurs through a half-day course that taught children how to make healthy lemonade, organize their business plan and budget, develop success strategies, market their lemonade stands, and register for Lemonade Day. The children took to the streets of New Orleans on April 30, 2016 with their Lemonade Stands and put their skills to work to become the business leaders, social advocates, volunteers and forward thinking citizens of tomorrow.

Amya Jorden, age 10, and Breanna Smith, age 8, flash smiles as they sell lemonade at AB’s Lemonade Stand. Photo by Amanda Goldman

Jaiden, age 4, and Quin Laroche enjoy Jaiden’s first year at Lemonade Day University. Photo by Stephanie Campani

Although Lemonade Day teaches kids to be great entrepreneurs, these girls chose to use their proceeds to raise money for Safe Passage, a nonprofit organization that provides educational support for impoverished children in Guatemala City. (L-R: Caroline Zvonek, age 13, Caroline Schreiner, age 12, Sarah Sumrall, age 13, and Livy Nieset, age 13). Photo by Amanda Goldman

Dressed and ready for a successful business! Kiley Solomon, Jr., age 12, Tayla Winn, age 9, and Kylen Solomon, age 11.
Photo by Stephanie Campani