Houston Mayor Annise Parker kicked off Lemonade Day Houston preparations today, joined by Lemonade Day Houston staff, City officials, participating City departments, corporate and community partners and students from Neighborhood Centers Inc. Baker-Ripley Charter School.  The mayor proclaimed May 5, 2013 as “Lemonade Day Houston,” when local children will set up lemonade stands at locations across the city.

Lemonade Day is a free, fun experiential learning program that teaches youth how to start their own business–a lemonade stand.  Young aspiring entrepreneurs benefit from a strategic 14-step process that walks them from a dream of owning and operating their own business to a business plan.  The youth are encouraged to work hard and make a profit.  They learn how to spend as well as how to save wisely.  They are also encouraged to share by giving back to their communities.

Several City departments are assisting with the recruitment of Lemonade Day Houston participants, including the Mayor’s Office of Education Initiatives, the Houston Parks and Recreation Department, the Mayor’s Office of Business Opportunity and the Health and Human Services Department.  Lemonade Day Houston is coordinating with the City’s Multi-Service Centers to make the registration materials and backpack pickup available to youth throughout the Houston area.  The Mayor’s Office of Education Initiatives is also coordinating with City and nonprofit partners to engage youth in this free program that encourages financial literacy and family engagement.

Launched in Houston, Texas in 2007, Lemonade Day has grown from 2,700 kids in one city to 150,000 kids in 36 cities across America and Canada.  This year’s goal is to engage 65,000 children in Lemonade Day Houston.  For more information about Lemonade Day Houston, call 281.565.1068 or visit www.houston.lemonadeday.org.

To learn about programs and services offered by the Mayor’s Office of Education Initiatives, a division of the Department of Neighborhoods, visit www.houstontx.gov/education.


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