Lemonade Day Chicago is Empowering Today’s Youth to Become Tomorrow’s Entrepreneurs.
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Lemonade Day Chicago is a free, community-wide, educational program designed to teach youth how to start, own, and operate their own small business.Students work with teachers or after school instructors through a guided curriculum that walks them from a dream to a business plan, while teaching them the same principles required to start any big company.  Inspiring youth to work hard and make a profit, they are also taught to spend some, save some and share some by giving back to their community.  The program culminates on June 6 with Lemonade Day, an event where students become entrepreneurs and launch their own lemonade stands across the Chicago area.  In 2015, we’ll reach at least 5,500 students and work with over 30 school partners.

In Chicago Lemonade Day is presented by the Future Founders Foundation, a Chicago-based nonprofit that offers engaging project-based learning opportunities to students in 3rd through 12th grades.  Our organization was created in 2011 through the merger of Future Founders, the youth entrepreneurship program founded by the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center (CEC) in 2005 and Connect to the Future, the career exposure program that Lightbank Co-Founder Brad Keywell launched in 2006. In 2013, we launched Lemonade Day Chicago to encourage elementary and middle school students to experience entrepreneurship first-hand. In 2014, we created College Founders, a program that connects college students to the best entrepreneurial resources, events, and activities in the Chicagoland community.

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