YouthEntity takes over Lemonade Day
The Lemonade Day youth business education program, which just completed its fourth year in the Roaring Fork Valley, will transfer from the Buddy Program to YouthEntity, the groups said Monday.
The move comes as both organizations continue to grow and focus on their core missions. The Buddy Program will be able to reallocate resources toward building its core mentoring programs, especially in the midvalley, where it recently opened an office at Carbondale’s Third Street Center. Similarly, the Lemonade Day program, which teaches entrepreneurship and financial literacy, is a great fit for YouthEntity, whose core mission is to empower youth for success by making them work-ready, career-ready and life-ready through real-world experiences.
“The Buddy Program implemented Lemonade Day in 2011, and at that time it was a great addition for us to bring to the youth in our mentoring programs. We are proud to have grown it to the point where, on average, 400 youth participate each year and over 250 are learning the curriculum in schools from Aspen to Carbondale,” said Buddy Program Executive Director David Houggy.
“Because it has been so successful,” Houggy said, “the program now reaches a wider segment of the population, including many who are not otherwise enrolled in Buddy Program mentoring programs. This is a great example of two nonprofits working together to support the community while focusing on what we each do best. We know that Lemonade Day is in very good hands with YouthEntity.”
Said said Kirsten Petre McDaniel, executive director of YouthEntity, “We look forward to serving the Aspen community with Lemonade Day and bringing the opportunity to additional communities as we expand our personal financial literacy program throughout western Colorado.”
Lemonade Day will continue to be offered free of charge to all youth of the valley thanks to business and individual sponsors secured through YouthEntity. Lemonade Day 2016 will take place on National Lemonade Day in May. More information can be found at both youthentity.org and buddyprogram.org.
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