Lemonade Day FAQ

WHAT IS THE MY LEMONADE DAY MOBILE APP?

My Lemonade Day is a new and exciting digital app experience that takes the Lemonade Day curriculum to the next level! The My Lemonade Day app takes kids on an entrepreneurial journey, teaching them everything they need to know to open their very own business – a lemonade stand.

WHAT IS AN APPROPRIATE AGE FOR A MY LEMONADE DAY USER?

My Lemonade Day is available to youth of all ages; however it is targeted to youth in grades 2 – 7.  While the lessons can be completed without adult assistance, the guidance of a parent, mentor, or caring adult can provide additional support in the learning process. Youth must be registered by a parent or mentor with a valid email address.

WHAT IS THE DEFINITION OF A MENTOR?

Mentors can be parents, guardians, siblings, teachers, youth organization leaders, family friends or grandparents. Any caring adult can help lead a child through the Lemonade Day lessons.

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE ONLINE CONTENT AND CURRICULUM?

Within the My Lemonade Day app, there are 4 Modules and 21 Lessons. Lessons include an animated Lemmy Explains video series, interactive in-app tasks, slideshows, real-world field trips, budgeting tools, business plan, cash register, completion awards, badges and so much more!

WHAT IS THE TIME COMMITMENT REQUIRED TO COMPLETE MY LEMONADE DAY?

As a self-paced learning journey, youth typically can complete each of the lessons in My Lemonade Day within 5-15 minutes. Through mentorship, we encourage non-screen time with interactive activities and hands-on experiences. For example, the 3rd module, My Stand, will take additional time to complete. It includes real world activities to help youth prepare for their business’ event day. In its entirety, the My Lemonade Day app can take youth 1-5 hours to complete. We suggest mentors teach My Lemonade Day in 4 one-hour sessions to create a rich, meaningful experience.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO PARTICIPATE IN LEMONADE DAY?

My Lemonade Day is free to those participating in Lemonade Day cities.

WHAT IS THE DEADLINE TO REGISTER?

There is no national deadline for registration; however, there could be registration deadlines in your city so please check your city’s Lemonade Day website for more information. Even though there is no specific deadline, we strongly recommend that you register your youth at least a few weeks prior to Lemonade Day to allow them to get the most out of the My Lemonade Day curriculum.

HOW DO I ACCESS MY LEMONADE DAY?

The My Lemonade Day app is available on IOS, Android Devices and Chromebooks (with access to the Google Play store). To get started, first Mentors must register online for Lemonade Day through a participating city’s website. Mentors will create a profile and then add their learner(s). Once registered, learners will download the app from the App Store or Google Play store and enter their name and a Mentor Code to get started. Internet access is required for registration and app download but once downloaded, the app can be used offline and syncing will only be required for certain lessons.

WHERE CAN I FIND MY MENTOR CODE?

As a mentor, use the email address and the password you created when you registered to login to the Mentor Portal at LemonadeDay.org/brandon-ms. Above your learner cards/table, you will see your mentor code. It is a combination of the first 3 letters of your last name followed by a number.

WHEN I TRY TO ON-BOARD MY LEARNER, I KEEP GETTING AN ERROR ON MY MENTOR CODE SCREEN.

The learner name must be entered exactly as it appears on the learner card/table. More often than not, the error is not with the mentor code but with the way the learner name has been entered into the app. Please compare the name in the learner table with the name being entered into the app, it is case sensitive. Also, double check that the mentor code is accurate.

HOW DO I RESET MY LEARNER(S) PASSWORD?

Login to your mentor portal at LemonadeDay.org/brandon-ms. On your learner card, click View More and the Reset Password button.

WHAT DO I DO AS A RETURNING USER?

As a returning users, you can access the My Lemonade Day App using the login you previously created. For step by step instructions, click here.

WHO DO I CONTACT WITH MORE QUESTIONS?

Please feel free to email any questions to the City Director at Lemonade@BrandonChamber.org.

How do I register my child for the program?

Just go to: https://lemonadeday.org/brandon-ms and click on the “register” button.

Is there a deadline to register for the program?

There’s no hard deadline, BUT there’s some work lessons for your child to complete via our mobile app, and it’s critical that he/she attend one of our two Workshop Fairs (March 23, 2024 or April 16, 2024). So be sure to register your child as soon as possible, so they can experience all facets of the program. NOTE: Attendance of one of the Workshop Fairs is required in order to qualify for a micro-loan or prizes.

Does my child setup their lemonade stand at our house, or somewhere else?

This may be determined by you and your child. We encourage kids to setup their lemonade stand in front of a local business for maximum exposure, but if you want to have your stand at your home, you can do that as well. In either case, we’ll register your stand’s location, so it appears on our online map, as well as on the map in our mobile app (My Lemonade Day app, available in iOS and Android).  As part of the program, there’s a rental fee paid to the business, typically in the amount of $1.00. We cover this during the training for you and your child, during the program.

How long does my child setup their lemonade stand during the event?

That may be determined by you and your child. However, we encourage everyone to have their stands during set hours, so the public will know when they may come by. We’ll discuss this in more detail during the training for you and your child, during the program.

What does the Lemonade Day program cost per child?

There is no fee at all to participate in the Brandon Chamber’s Lemonade Day. However, there may be some costs in erecting your child’s stand, but that’s strictly up to you and your child. In our experience, a lemonade stand may be as basic or as elaborate as desired. Some may use nothing more than a 6’ table and a tailgate tent, with a sign. Some may build something from materials they already have in their garage, while some may use scrap lumber. Be as creative as possible. We even have prizes for best stand! Need funds to design and build your child’s lemonade stand? The good news is we’ll have a workshop about building a stand, and the better news is that we even have an unbelievable “micro-loan” program with our primary sponsor, Community Bank!

As part of the program, Community Bank offers a micro-loan to each lemonade stand in our program, as well as some basic financial training. At the end of the event, the funds may be paid back to the bank… but guess what, if you and your child “pay” the money back to the bank, Community Bank will open a special savings account for your child… thus, giving the money BACK TO YOUR CHILD! This is a wonderful part of the program… a sponsor bank who is partnered with us in Lemonade Day, but also a sponsor who will provide small funds to your child and even give it back to them in a savings account, when the funds are “paid back”!

NOTE: If your child participated in Brandon Lemonade Day last year (2023) and received a micro-loan, they must have paid that loan back last year, in order to receive a micro-loan this year.

What role does Community Bank play in Brandon’s Lemonade Day?

Community Bank is Lemonade Day Brandon’s primary sponsor, which enables the Brandon Chamber to bring the program to the area. But Community Bank is doing so much more… As part of the program, Community Bank offers a micro-loan to each lemonade stand in our program, as well as some basic financial training. At the end of the event, the funds may be paid back to the bank… but guess what, when your child pays back the micro-loan, Community Bank will also reward your child by giving ½ of the loan amount back to your child IF you open a savings account in your child’s name at the bank with those funds.

For example, if your child receives $50 via a micro-loan from Community Bank, and after conclusion of Lemonade Day your child goes to the bank to pay back the $50, Community Bank will provide $50 back to you and your child if you use the funds to open a savings account in your child’s name.

This is a wonderful part of the program… a sponsor bank who is partnered with us in Lemonade Day, but also a sponsor who will provide small upfront funds to your child and even give back half of it when the funds are paid back! We’ll provide more details about this via email, Facebook posts, and our workshops.

The financial aspects of the program are a critical part, as it provides the child with financial training, financial responsibility, as well as understanding banking, sales, and reconciliation. We are grateful for Community Bank’s involvement with Lemonade Day Brandon MS, and hope every child and stand takes advantage of the available micro-loan part of the program.

NOTE: If your child participated in Brandon Lemonade Day last year (2023) and received a micro-loan, they must have paid that loan back last year, in order to receive a micro-loan this year.

Who gets the money from the sales at each Lemonade Stand?

The “owners” of the stand do! You and your child keep all sales, with the exception of the micro-loan provided by Community Bank. BUT, remember, when the micro-loan is paid back to Community Bank, they will give your child ½ of the loan back if you open a savings account at the bank in your child’s name… so you’ll end up keeping half of the loan amount too! This helps to reward the child, but also helps to teach them sales skills, the value of working and money, as well as how to manage their money. Maybe they’ll want to keep the money in their account and use it next year, to make their lemonade stand next year even bigger and better!

Nationwide, the average revenue of a child’s lemonade stand during a Lemonade Day event is $349+, with an average profit of just over $266! 75% of them met their goals set for the program!

Does a Lemonade Day involve one child or more, per stand?

Some stands will have 1 child, some may involve 3 children (such as siblings), and most will have 2 children working the stand. If a fellow child is involved in the stand, it provides an understanding of a partnership, support for each child, and may even make it more fun.

Are their prizes involved in Lemonade Day Brandon MS?

YES! We’ll have some judging and then award prizes for several things, including “Best Lemonade Stand”, “Best Tasting Lemonade”, and then the big prize will be a FREE BIKE to the stand with the overall highest sales! If there are 2 children in this top selling stand, both will receive a FREE BIKE.

What if I want to be more involved, or volunteer for this program?

That sounds great! Just drop us an email at Lemonade@BrandonChamber.org.

Can my child sell more than just lemonade at their Lemonade Day stand?

Yes, actually they can! Cookies and other treats are always great items, but hand-made bracelets and other items are welcome as well. The only caveat to this is, please only count items that sell for under $10 when you report your stand’s results at the end of Lemonade Day. If an item sells for $10 or more, it does not count toward Lemonade Day revenue, for our reporting purposes.

What areas does the Brandon Chamber’s Lemonade Day cover?

Lemonade Day Brandon MS 2024 is intended for the Brandon MS area, which includes the zip codes 39042 and 39047. However, this year, we’re including 39232, which is Flowood MS. Truthfully, any child may register for our Lemonade Day, but their Lemonade Day Stand should be located in one of these 3 zip codes.

When and where are the Lemonade Day Workshop Fairs?

We have 3 full Lemonade Day Workshops for 2024. The first one is Saturday March 23, 2024 at Brandon High School from 10am – 12pm. The second one is Thursday April 11, 2024 at Northwest Rankin High School in Flowood from 5:30pm – 7:30pm. The third one is Tuesday April 16, 2024 at Brandon High School from 5:30pm – 7:30pm.

Do we need to attend more than one Workshop?

No, just one Workshop is required. You’re welcome to attend more than one if you want, but only one is required, in order to be eligible for the Micro-Loan program and awards.

What if we’re unable to attend a single Workshop, or we signup after the Workshops have been completed?

First of all, your child CAN still participate in Lemonade Day. However, without attending one of the Workshops, they will not be eligible for awards or the Micro-Loan Program. There are awards for things like Entrepreneur of the Year, Best Stand, Best Tasting Lemonade, etc. Participants must attend at least one of the Workshops in order to be eligible for those things.

WHAT ARE THE ACADEMIC BENEFITS TO PARTICIPATING IN LEMONADE DAY?

Lemonade Day introduces youth to entrepreneurship as well as basic business skills and principles which they internalize and use throughout their lives. Youth learn to Set a Goal, Make a Plan, Work the Plan and Achieve their Dreams – a proven strategy for success in both business and life. Lemonade Day aims to help youth build self-esteem and new mindsets that can propel them to success they may not have pursued otherwise. Results from the Lemonade Day program have shown improvement in participant’s knowledge of financial vocabulary, application of mathematical principals, and understanding of personal financial literacy. The optional activities found in the Teacher’s Guide, provide more extensive alignment to both national and state standards, including TEKS and Common Core. Additionally, the Mentor Guide provides information on how the Lemonade Day lessons are aligned with the 40 Developmental Assets and which assets are addressed by each lesson.

I HAVE PARTICIPATED IN LEMONADE DAY PREVIOUSLY USING THE PRINTED WORKBOOK; HOW IS MY LEMONADE DAY DIFFERENT?

My Lemonade Day is a digital version of the Lemonade Day curriculum. The same principals and concepts are covered in all versions of the curriculum; however, the My Lemonade Day version is accessed through an app.

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO GO THROUGH A LESSON?

Typically, it takes 5-15 minutes to complete a lesson. Some lessons contain real-world activites and those might take a bit longer.

HOW DO MY YOUTH ACCESS MY LEMONADE DAY?

My Lemonade Day is available on IOS, Android Devices and Chromebooks (with access to the Google Play store). To get started, first Mentors must register online for Lemonade Day through a participating city’s website. Mentors will create a profile and then add their learner(s). Once registered, learners will download the app from the App Store or Google Play store and enter their name and a Mentor Code to get started. Registration in the app verifies information by matching it to the learner table so mentors must make sure they’re inputting the learners’ first and last name exactly the same as it is shown in the Mentor Portal. Internet access is required for registration and app download but once downloaded, the app can be used offline and syncing will only be required for certain lessons.

HOW DO I RESET MY LEARNER(S) PASSWORD?

Login to your mentor portal. On your learner card, click View More and the Reset Password button.

WHAT DO I DO AS A RETURNING USER?

As a returning users, you can access the My Lemonade Day App using the login you previously created. For step by step instructions, click here.

CAN A TEACHER/GROUP LEADER PUT THEIR INFORMATION IN AS THE LEGAL GUARDIAN?

A Teacher/Group Leader can put their contact information in as the legal guardian if they do not have the parent’s information. Then, if a Teacher/Group Leader has the ability to accept permissions on behalf of parents, they can agree to the 3 permissions in the app. If not, they can leave those unchecked. These permissions are not required to complete the app but they do allow for access to additional features including uploading photos, sharing stand location and entering contests.

WHY SHOULD YOUTH PARTICIPATE IN LEMONADE DAY USING MY LEMONADE DAY?

Lemonade Day is a fun experiential learning program for youth of all ages. The combined value of the Lemonade Day lessons covered in My Lemonade Day and the real-world experience of owning a business provides great benefit to participating youth, allowing them to not only be exposed to the concept of entrepreneurship, but to learn and practice valuable life skills. In addition, the use of My Lemonade Day allows youth to gain access to the Lemonade Day lessons in a new and improved digital app experience. Youth will learn business skills, financial literacy, teamwork, social and emotional skills, goal setting and responsibility.

I'M A TEACHER, GROUP LEADER OR PARENT; CAN I USE THE SAME EMAIL ADDRESS TO REGISTER MORE THAN ONE CHILD?

More than one learner can be registered under one email address. Once a Mentor has created a profile, they will add their learners in order to begin registration. There is no limit to the number of learners that can be linked to one mentor.

WHAT FEATURES ARE AVAILABLE AND WHAT DATA IS TRACKED IN THE MENTOR PORTAL?

Through the Mentor Portal, Mentors can track learner logins, reset passwords and follow learners’ progress through the app.

WHAT IF I WANT TO BE MORE INVOLVED, OR VOLUNTEER FOR THIS PROGRAM?

That sounds great! Just drop us an email at Lemonade@BrandonChamber.org.

WHO DO I CONTACT WITH MORE QUESTIONS?

Please feel free to email any questions to the City Director at Lemonade@BrandonChamber.org.