A Great Team

From Sister Norma Raupple:

We’re having a great summer with children in our Beatitude House Immigrant Outreach program.

Helping me are Jenne and Marta, who’ve been mentoring children for more than five years. Jenne is now employed as the Child Wellness Coordinator for Beatitude House and Marta just completed a year with AmeriCorps, serving through Ursuline Ministries

Their time and presence with children throughout the summer at Mill Creek MetroParks, GROW Camp at Villa Maria and the public library has made a huge difference.

Working with community partner the YBI, or Youngstown Business Incubator, has been a highlight. The children were taught how to create and implement a business plan for selling lemonade.  

A YBI expert teaches the kids about running their own business

“Something that stood out to me about the Lemonade Day work the kids were doing was how enthusiastic they were to work together,” Marta says. “The excitement about creating something that was their own product and collaborating to make it possible was awesome to see.

“It has definitely been one of the best summers for our kiddos!” she continues. “I am so excited for them to see their planning come to fruition!”

Jenne was impressed with the children’s hard work.

“The children went through the process of how to be an entrepreneur. They learned about setting goals, saving money, giving back to their community, marketing, advertising, product testing, and how to sell their goods,” she reports. “Through collaboration the children worked in groups and pairs to create their own lemonade and name for their business.”  

You can visit our lemonade stand Fri., Aug. 6 from 11 a.m-noon at the Eugenia Atkinson Recreation Center 903 Otis St., Youngstown, Ohio 44510

If you’d like to volunteer with our children’s program, contact Jenne at [email protected].