LemonAID Warriors is a youth empowerment program that gives young people the tools they need to turn their compassion into action and raise funds and awareness for causes that they care about

Note: Between now and the end of the year, we’re counting down the top twelve popular podcast episodes of 2018. It is a people’s choice award, determined by the number of downloads. This interview originally aired on March 3, 2018.

Lulu Cerone, LemonAID Warriors

Lulu Cerone, LemonAID Warriors

Lulu Cerone was an entrepreneur from an early age. At the age of six, she opened her first lemonade stand. At first, she used the money to buy toys or candy. But her mom made a suggestion. Why not use the profits to help someone else? Lulu looked into it and found an animal shelter that needed the funds. “This crazy thing happened,” Lulu said. “This crazy thing I was doing with my friends took on this whole new meaning. It became a lot more fun. My friends and I became more engaged. We felt like what we were doing was meaningful.”

Lulu became interested in community service. However, she had a hard time finding opportunities to serve at a young age. Most organizations require volunteers to be 16 to 18 years old. She found a few opportunities through her school. Her parents tried helping her to find opportunities. Lulu explains, “It’s hard to know how to raise effective global citizens as a parent.”

In 2010, when an earthquake struck Haiti, Lulu was ten years old. She says, “That was the first time I was aware of a global tragedy. I remember being online with my mom and looking at pictures of kids whose lives had been completely changed by the earthquake. I had this strong urge to help.” When Lulu went to school, she challenged the boys to a Boys vs. Girls LemonAID fundraising competition. Her fifth-grade class raised just over $4,000 in two weeks.

This early success has had a ripple effect. “I found it spinning out of my control quickly,” Lulu says. She looked back at what worked with the Lemonade stands and came up with the bigger idea – PhilanthroParties. A PhilanthroParty is any gathering with a social purpose behind it. Lulu started an organization, LemonAID Warriors to spread this idea of youth empowerment. She wrote a book, PhilanthroParties!: A Party-Planning Guide for Kids Who Want to Give Back.

“This is such a simple idea, but people latched onto it,” Lulu says. “There is power in simplicity.” Lulu has attracted partnerships for her business. She partnered with Mattel and Forever 21. She was recognized as a L’Oréal Woman of Worth. She is currently a freshman in college as she continues to develop her nonprofit.

Social Entrepreneurship Quotes from Lulu Cerone

“Growing up, I had a passion for community service.” @Lulucerone @lemonaidwarrior Click To Tweet “Young people can get involved.” @Lulucerone @lemonaidwarrior Click To Tweet “They can do it in fun and simple ways that integrate social action into their social life.” @Lulucerone @lemonaidwarrior Click To Tweet “That’s when I had my first PhilanthroParty.” @Lulucerone @lemonaidwarrior Click To Tweet “It was the first time my friends and I felt like we could be agents of change.” @Lulucerone @lemonaidwarrior Click To Tweet “I did not set out to start a nonprofit organization.” @Lulucerone @lemonaidwarrior Click To Tweet “This is such a simple idea, but people latched onto it.” @Lulucerone @lemonaidwarrior Click To Tweet “There is power in simplicity.” @Lulucerone @lemonaidwarrior Click To Tweet “LemonAID Warriors is youth-driven and community-based.” @Lulucerone @lemonaidwarrior Click To Tweet “It was incredible being in eighth grade and having Mattel looking to me.” @Lulucerone @lemonaidwarrior Click To Tweet “See yourself as an important agent of change.” @Lulucerone @lemonaidwarrior Click To Tweet

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Tony Loyd is a leadership development expert. He is a best-selling author, keynote speaker, and coach. He helps purpose-driven business leaders to thrive so that they can connect and contribute at a deeper level. Find out more at https://TonyLoyd.com.

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