‘Stopping At Every Lemonade Stand’ Discussions Offer Community a Way to Help Kids

Staff Report

In the wake of the tragedies that affected many young people in the local community last year, a group of organizations has joined together to sponsor a series of facilitated conversations about helping kids.

The conversations will be based on the book, Stopping at Every Lemonade Stand: How to Create a Culture that Cares for Kids by James Vollbracht.

“Many adults are asking, ‘What can I do to help,’” said Los Alamos Juvenile Justice Advisory Board Co-coordinator Ellen Ben-Naim. “This isn’t a solution to every problem, but it is a way for members of our community to be involved in kids’ lives in a positive way.”

Children’s lives today are complex, stressful, and dangerous. Kids are overscheduled, come home to empty houses and neighborhoods, and in school, face pressure to excel and, in some cases, bullying, that can seem overwhelming.

In Stopping at Every Lemonade Stand, Vollbracht provides a blueprint for transforming a disconnected culture into a healthy, supportive one.

Through a rich blend of heartwarming anecdotes and creative, practical strategies, Stopping at Every Lemonade Stand affirms the age-old wisdom that the power and responsibility to heal our communities rest in our own hands.

Sponsoring organizations will host facilitated discussions:

  • Jan. 27 noon-1 p.m. in Fuller Lodge and again 7-8:30 p.m. at the White Rock Town Hall─Introduction and Chapters 1 and 2
  • Feb. 3 noon-1 p.m. in Fuller Lodge and again 7-8:30 p.m. in the White Rock Town Hall─Chapters 3-5
  • Feb. 10 noon-1 p.m. in Fuller Lodge and again 7-8:30 p.m at the White Rock Town Hall─Chapters 6-8
  • The conversations will culminate in a live Skype chat with the author the week of Feb. 17. (The time and place will be announced later.)

Books will be available after Jan. 15 for $10 at the YMCA. They are available at no cost for those who cannot afford the purchase them. Books are also available at Amazon.com and for Kindle e-readers. Those interested in participating are urged to obtain the book ahead of time and to read ahead in order to be prepared for the community conversations.

Participants are also encouraged to sign up for the community conversations at the YMCA, 1450 Iris St., or through the YMCA website (www.laymca.org) so organizers know how many to expect.

Contact Assets in Action Coordinator Bernadette Lauritzen, at assetsinaction@att.net or 505.695.9139, with questions or for more information.

Sponsoring organizations include the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board, Assets in Action, the Los Alamos Teen Center, the YMCA, Los Alamos County, the Los Alamos Historical Society, the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, and UNM-Los Alamos.