Shreveport-Bossier youth gear up for Lemonade Day Louisiana 2018


 Today, Cohab Executive Director Jessica Schiele joined Caddo Parish President Steven Jackson, Raising Cane’s Managing Partner John Raxsdale, Miss Louisiana USA 2018 Lauren Vizza and metro youth to announce the official kick-off of Lemonade Day Louisiana in Shreveport with a special press conference at Cohab.

“Cohab is thrilled to once again partner with Lemonade Day Louisiana and Raising Cane’s on this amazing and impactful youth initiative that fosters entrepreneurship, business skills and all of the life lessons that our children need,” said Schiele.

Lemonade Day is a free, fun, experiential learning program that teaches kids how to start, own and operate their very own business – a lemonade stand. Lemonade Day has spread to over 57 cities in 23 states and three countries. Lemonade Day will take place in Louisiana on Saturday, May 5, 2018.


“Raising Cane’s is honored to be a part of Lemonade Day Louisiana for the past eight years, said Raxsdale. “Having the opportunity to not only impact Louisiana youth, but youth across the U.S. is both rewarding and humbling. It is a true testament to our Founder Todd Graves and our entire organization’s commitment to providing young entrepreneurs with their first taste of business.”

Parents and kids in attendance had the opportunity to meet other young entrepreneurs, sign up and receive their Lemonade Day Louisiana materials at the event. 

“Programs like Lemonade Day are vital to the overall development of our Caddo youth,”  said Parish President Jackson. “We have seen tremendous growth in the Shreveport-Bossier area and it is because of organizations like Cohab.”

More than 25,000 youth across Louisiana are expected to participate in the program this year. As Lemonade Day Louisiana transitions to an all online registration, local Raising Cane’s restaurants will have flyers to assist participants with registration. Additionally, Raising Cane’s locations will no longer serve as backpack pick-up locations. However, Cane’s restaurant will serve as information centers for upcoming Lemonade Day Louisiana tasting contests, events and will have special journals for all participants. The registration process has been ‘freshly upgraded’ to be more user-friendly  for parents and guardians.

On Lemonade Day, everyone has an important job to support these future entrepreneurs. The entire community is encouraged to purchase lemonade from the many stands that will be set-up throughout the state on Saturday, May 5.  Registration and participation are free, and all youngsters are encouraged to take part. Youth can now register for the program online by visiting

“I cannot wait to see what Lemonade Day has in store for the children of Shreveport this year,” said Vizza. “I encourage everyone in the Shreveport-Bossier community and throughout our state to participate in Lemonade Day on May 5th and teach our kids the strong importance of independence and entrepreneurship.”

Since 2010, Lemonade Day Louisiana has provided more than 150,000 youth across Louisiana with the opportunity to become entrepreneurs. This year’s program is set to be the largest to date since entrepreneurs John Georges and Todd Graves introduced the program to Louisiana youth.

To find out more information or to register for Lemonade Day Louisiana, visit:

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