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Lemonade Day is coming to Sacramento in May 2020!

Lemonade Day is a program of the Sacramento Metro Chamber Foundation. The foremost objective of Lemonade Day is to empower youth to take ownership of their lives and become productive members of society – the business leaders, social advocates, volunteers, and forward thinking citizens of tomorrow. 


How It Works:

Lemonade Day is a free, fun, experiential learning program that teaches youth how to start, own and operate their own business – a lemonade stand.

Each child that registers receives a backpack with an Entrepreneur Workbook that teaches them the lessons of Lemonade Day like creating budgets, setting profit-making goals, serving customers, repaying investors, and giving back to the community. Along the way, they acquire skills in goal-setting, problem solving, and gain self-esteem critical for future success. They keep all the money they make and are encouraged to spend some, save some and share some.


2019 Success:

In 2019, the Metro Chamber Foundation launched a pilot version of Lemonade Day at one local elementary school, Crocker Riverside. 45 students participated in the lessons and the group decided to host their lemonade stand at Open House where they were able to raise over $1,300!  The students were encouraged to take the money they earned and first pay back their "loans" for their supplies, and then take the remaining balance to save some, spend some, and donate some back into their community. The class was able to spend some by celebrating with a pizza party, save some by investing in lemon trees for the school to help with the sustainability of the program, and donate some by donating the remain funds to Front Street Animal Shelter.

We received overwhelmingly positive feedback from students, parents, teachers, and the administration about the positive effects of Lemonade Day on their students. 


Join us in 2020!

Lemonade Day Sacramento will be partnering with select schools in 2020 but it is also open to the general population! Students can work through the workbooks on their own and at their own pace, or can attend faciliated sessions at the Metro Chamber offices at scheduled dates (exact times and dates to be announced at a later date). Fill out the interest form and we will reach out to you to confirm your participation!

There are also opportunities for sponsorship and mentorship. Email Andrea Ellinghouse for additional information at aellinghouse@metrochamber.org.

Help us empower today’s youth to be tomorrow’s entrepreneurs!


What do kids learn by participating in Lemonade Day?

  • Capital Equipment
  • Consumables
  • Supply & Demand
  • Credit, Debt, Gross & Net Income
  • Marginal Utility
  • Return on Investment
  • Compound Interest
  • Critical thinking & collaboration
  • Interest in Attending College
  • Civic Responsibility
  • Customer Service
  • Teamwork & Problem Solving
  • Presentation Skills & Design
  • Leadership
  • Belief That Attaining Goals is Within Reach
  • Personal Productivity
  • Self-Direction & Time Management
  • Social Responsibility & Charity
  • Social Skills & Self Confidence
  • Math Calculations
  • Reading & Interpreting Data
  • Oral & Written Communication

80% of Lemonade Day 2018 participants plan to participate again in 2019!