Build a Biz Kids – Lemonade Stand Challenge summer camp raises funds for Tri-Cities charities

A local partnership has begun building our future community leaders right here in the Tri-Cities. Build a Biz Kids is a not for profit summer camp and after-school program provider focusing on entrepreneurship and community engagement. In a partnership with four local Vancity branch locations, Build a Biz Kids will be hosting the Lemonade Stand Challenge, a Young Entrepreneur Learning Lab licensed program.

Throughout the Tri-Cities communities this summer, youth aged 7-12 will participate in identifying local charities that are supporting their community and have fun while raising funds for those charities. Through the concept of entrepreneurship, this program teaches kids how a collaborative and creative team can build a lemonade stand that makes a difference in their community by donating proceeds to local charity and learning about social entrepreneurship.

Of this partnership between Build a Biz Kids and Vancity, Leah Coss, President of Build a Biz Kids says – “We are very excited and honored to have found a partner who believes, as we do, in equipping children with practical skills which will better their futures and the communities they reside in. Every interaction with Vancity & their incredible employees has been so supportive but also action oriented which are the same values we strive to teach our students.”

Vancity has a vision to redefine wealth in a way that furthers the financial, social and environmental well-being of their members and their communities. Build a Biz Kids is on a mission to empower youth of the Tri-Cities to becoming engaged community participants. This partnership aligns these visions and missions through entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurial skills challenge children to think outside the box, create unique solutions, and become leaders at an early age. The entrepreneurial mindset teaches kids to take initiative, solve problems, think critically, make decisions, interact with people confidently and look for opportunities around them. These skills help to increase self-confidence and provide more opportunities for bright financial futures for themselves and their communities.