Youth Programs

Youth Programs
The Cook Center for Entrepreneurship offers a variety of programs tailored for youth. These programs help kids and teens translate their creative business ideas from concept to reality through project-based, hands-on activities.

For more information about youth programs:
Meghan Turner, Coordinator
Phone: (812) 330-6261

Lemonade Day is a community-wide educational initiative designed to teach children how to start own and operate their own business - a lemonade stand.  Children learn the entrepreneurial skills necessary to be successful in the future and become contributing members of their society. Lemonade Day 2013 will take place on May 18th, registration begins soon!

Ivy Tech's Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship in Bloomington is a partner in Lemonade Day, which is a fun, free, experiential learning program that teaches youth how to start, own and operate their own business, a lemonade stand. It began in Houston, Texas in 2007. Since then it has grown from 2,700 kids to 120,000 kids in 31 cities across America and Canada in 2011.

The foremost objective of Lemonade Day is to empower youth to take ownership of their lives and become productive members of society, the business leaders, social advocates, volunteers, and forward thinking citizens of tomorrow.

Each child that registers receives a backpack with an Entrepreneur Workbook that teaches them the 14 lessons of Lemonade Day like creating budgets, setting profit-making goals, serving customers, repaying investors, and giving back to the community. Along the way, they acquire skills in goal-setting, problem solving, and gain self-esteem critical for future success. They keep all the money they make and are encouraged to spend some, save some and share some.

Lemonade Day 2013 will bring together our community to celebrate the young entrepreneurs in Bloomington and it is up to our volunteers and community to make this the most enriching program for our youth. Registration for Lemonade Day will begin in March 2013.  If you are interested in helping with this exciting program or supporting financially, please visit the Bloomington Lemonade Day website at If you have questions, contact Chris Tann from the Boys & Girls Club at (812) 332-5311, ext. 13 or Meghan Turner at the Gayle & Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship at (812)330-6261 or email

SUCCESSorize! June 17-21 Cost: $75/*175

Bring your creative ideas to Ivy Tech's design technology lab this summer where you'll learn how to design and produce your own original jewelry! Using CAD 3-D modeling software, you'll translate your designs into a working prototype and then create a business plan to market and sell what you've produced. Fee includes all materials and mid-morning snack! Register here!

*Optional full-day camp experience in partnership with City of Bloomington's Kid City summer camp. Fee includes programming at Ivy Tech and Kid City, transportation in-between, and both morning and afternoon snacks. Students who attend the entire day should bring a sack lunch. Camper pick-up at Kid City is between 4 and 6 PM.