FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA 21) — While ABC21’s Rex Smith usually provides special features on “Young Entrepreneurs” in our area on the third Saturday of each month, this month we are reporting on an opportunity for a new group of young business owners.
On May 11, Lemonade Day will happen for the second year in a row in Fort Wayne.
It’s a national program organized by Junior Achievement of Northern Indiana.
The program was designed for students to learn about starting and running their own business by running a lemonade stand.
A free curriculum and backpack are provided to any student in Allen, DeKalb, Noble and Whitley Counties who wishes to participate.
Students can set up their stands anywhere they want. They can do it solo or in a group.
There are also plenty of prizes involved.
“To have an opportunity to take something your passionate with, just really believe in or really love doing, and turn that into a lifelong career and something that you can earn money and raise a family with and survive on is a really powerful message to tell the kids ‘you can do that,'” said City Director for Lemonade Day, Karen Cooper.
Last year’s winner of the “brand your stand” category is Isaiah Clark, 11.
He says it’s an opportunity all kids should be involved in to really learn about running a business.
” I loved Lemonade Day,” said Clark. “It is fun, it is educational, and it is really good at building you up for business.”
His dad, Tony Clark, agrees.
“Lemonade Day is one of those tools that parents can use to bring that back into a child’s life,” said Clark.
Registration for Lemonade Day is open all the way until May 10. More information can be found under the Northeast Indiana section on their website.