Middle School Students Raise Thousands of Dollars for Local Charities

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Provided by Leadership Prince William

On Friday, July 26, Leadership Prince William held a Commencement Ceremony for the 28 middle school students and eight counselors (high school students) graduating from their Summer Youth Academy.

During the program, students learned which of their two teams won the competition and fundraiser known as Leadership Lemonade. The Red Team pulled in the most money, raising $1,427.85 for Bright Care Center (brightcarecenter.org/). The Blue Team came in second, raising $1,064.25 in support of CASA Child Intervention Services (casacis.org/).

During the graduation ceremony, checks were presented to representatives from both organizations.

More about this program:

Leadership Lemonade is an entrepreneurial competition that encourages philanthropy and community awareness among the students. The exercise culminated on Wednesday, July 24 with two competing lemonade stands on the grounds of Youth for Tomorrow, home base for the two-week youth academy. Students had the opportunity to meet with representatives from seven Prince William/Greater Manassas area not-for-profit organizations. Using the information gathered during their meetings, the students were divided into two teams and asked to choose which organizations they would be raising money for. They chose the Bright Care Center and CASA.

Throughout the Leadership Prince William Summer Youth Academy participants had opportunities to enhance their team building, communication and leadership skills, beginning with a personalized Emergenetics behavioral assessment (similar to a DISC profile) and culminating in the planning and execution of Leadership Lemonade.

For more information,contactl Leadership Prince William’s Executive Director Andrea Money at 703-853-0323 or [email protected].

Members of the Blue Team are shown serving lemonade, slushies and treats to raise money for CASA-CIS on July 24. The teams also took online donations from those who couldn’t make it out on event day.

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