Orange Leaf Leaders
“Children are great imitators. So give them something great to imitate.”
Orange Leaf Headquarters (HQ) awarded grants of up to $2,500 to over 20 stores March of this year, as part of our second annual Community Service Initiative. Stores were able to apply for grants to help support their local partnerships and community service events.
Our store in Lexington, Ky. used part of their $1,500 award to support a partnership with Urban Impact, a leadership foundation in Lexington that seeks to develop children and youth, and help them to improve their interpersonal skills. Urban Impact provides educational assistance and also taps into the creative side of these kids through arts and music.
Owner of Orange Leaf Lexington-- Bryce Anderson and his team have partnered with Urban Impact since February of 2014 and are passionate about giving the youth of Lexington something great to imitate.
Orange leaf HQ was able to award the store with their $1,500 grant right in time for their second job training session with Urban Impact and the students. The session provided a job readiness experience for at-risk youth in the community.
The students attended different weekly sessions in a three-week span, learning from college student volunteers and the creative Orange leaf staff including the store owners Bryce and Jeremiah Sizemore.
The sessions focused on budgeting, communication, applying and interviewing for jobs. The kids were also eager to learn about the Orange Leaf in-store process. The Lexington staff helped them practice how to properly greet a customer, offer flavor suggestions, filling the toppings bar, stirring yogurts, running the register, washing dishes and more.
The volunteers and the Orange Leaf staff incorporated games, skits, hula hoops and bouncy balls throughout the lessons to make the experience memorable for the nine students in attendance.
When it was all said and done, the volunteers and the Orange leaf staff had bonded with the kids and built a relationship that will last a long time. The students displayed a very professional and impressive work ethic.
“The program went incredibly well, and I am so proud of the work our team did,” said Susannah Sizemore, team member of Orange Leaf Lexington. “My hope is to work out a Saturday work program for students ages 14-16 so that we can continue building on the foundation we've created during the program.”
The kids left feeling really confident in their abilities and are interested in putting their newly acquired skills to use.
Thank you to Urban Impact and Orange Leaf Lexington for truly making a difference in the lives of these kids. “Children are great imitators. So give them something great to imitate.”