Run Your Own Lemonade Alley!

by | Jul 20, 2021 | Alley News, Contest Tips

We’re excited to announce the release of a new do-it-yourself Lemonade Alley curriculum model. With this curriculum, teachers and parents have everything they need to run a Lemonade Alley event on their own. The curriculum is scalable from a single class to a week and even a semester-long team-based project. And it offers both Student Workbooks and Teachers Guide so you’ll have a complete system to effectively run your Lemonade Alley.

The new curriculum model was commissioned by the Hawai‘i Workforce Development Council to bring innovation and entrepreneurship training to at-risk youth in the Hawai‘i Youth Services Center system. This new application was designed as a pilot for eventual distribution to Youth Services Centers on all Hawaiian Islands. In March-July, 2021, a live program with 60 students was conducted at the Youth Services Center at Dole Cannery, Honolulu. The program was well received and the curriculum is now available for others to use.

When Life Gives You Lemons…

This new curriculum model was also crafted as a way to combat changing education models due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The notion of a multiple school event as run for the first ten years of the program seemed unsustainable. But like the old adage goes, we simply pivoted the program to a single in-school DIT model to make lemonade again. By moving the focus to single campus events, we minimize the chances of pandemic spread. Further, we’re empowering teachers with a solid project-based learning model, which they can in turn apply in other contexts.

The Kitchen Sink of Education

As a mature multi-disciplinary learning model, Lemonade Alley has a lot of bells and whistles including project-based learning, student voice, design-thinking, entrepreneurial mindset, leadership training, financial literacy, bank literacy, culinary learning, core skills development (reading, writing, math), social emotional learning and student service for philanthropies. You might way it’s a kitchen sink of education. 

Hybrid Learning: In-Class & Remote Online Versions

The new curriculum model is designed to work well at home and in-class even when transitions occur. This is accomplished by mirroring the curriculum in print and via the online learning management system