It's something a lot of kids take for granted -- having new clothes to start the new school year. And now, thanks to one local charity, foster kids can go back to school with new clothes too! Project Lemonade founder Rhonda Meadows and her daughter Austin Blythe stopped by to tell us how Project Lemonade is supporting foster youth – and how we can help too!
Project Lemonade Programs:
Retail Store: Operating out of Lloyd Center, Project Lemonade built a community for foster youth, serving more than 10,000+ kids, age 5-24, in the retail store with new clothing, shoes, backpacks and accessories in preparation for the school year or when they are removed abruptly from home. The store is currently OPEN and kids are shopping their back to school looks with the help of our awesome volunteers.
Foster the Future Internship: Project Lemonade has a summer internship program! We hire foster teens to work in our store for a paid 10-week internship to give them hands on job experience in retail operations, merchandising and community engagement that they can add to their resume after they graduate from school.
WISH (What Inspires Student's Hearts): When a foster youth has a dream, when they cultivate an aspiration or ambition, they may not have anyone to help them chase it. Now they can come to Project Lemonade. Foster youth tell us their wish – a sports camp they want to attend, an instrument they need help purchasing, art supplies for a course they’re taking – and we help fund that wish.
For more information, visit the Project Lemonade website.