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Squeezing a profit! Teenagers’ lemonade stand hits the spot

Scheme aims to provide young people with positive entrepreneurial skills

01 August, 2019 — By Caitlin Allen

Milly, Jasmine and Summer pictured at their lemonade stall

YOUNG entrepreneurs are serving up home made lemonade to Camden Town tourists in the sweltering heat – and so far they’ve pocketed £220 in profit.

The three girls are part of a project called South Camden Together which is helping 50 teenagers from Somers Town and King’s Cross run their own business.

The scheme has been set up to boost confidence in young people and provide an alternative to drug-dealing. Organisers said with rising youth violence linked to the drug market “it is imperative that we provide young people with alternative, meaningful and positive ways to make money”.

Jamie King, a youth worker at Somers Town Community Association, said: “Having run this project for two summers, we’ve been able to see first-hand the impact it’s had on young people’s confidence. For many, this project will be the first paid employment on their CV and it’s a project they take immense pride in. “For the cost of a cup of lemonade you can support young people to have some financial freedom over the school holidays.”

The stand is next to the orange juice stall at the entrance to Camden Market, East Yard, close to Camden Lock bridge.

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