We had the good fortune of connecting with Madison Stein and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Madison, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
The most important factor behind my success truly has been the youth. When I co-founded LemonAID Warriors, my goal was to create a platform that gave kids the resources to become activists in their communities. The students at my school automatically got on board, and that instant passion and drive for change is what made LemonAID Warriors so successful. From completing over 10,000 hours of community service to raising over $150,000 for various causes, my peers proved again and again that the youth are powerful. While we may not be old enough to vote, these acts of compassion and service show that our voices are still heard.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
LemonAID Warriors is a 501c3 nonprofit organization centered around making activism part of teens social lives. We throw events called “Philanthroparties” where we take a cause we are passionate about and throw an event to raise money, collect donations or even spread kindness. I co-founded this organization in kindergarten, and now as a senior in high school I could not be more proud of how far we have come. I created LemonAID Warriors because I felt like teens and kids didn’t have the resources to be active in their communities. You have to be 18 to volunteer with many organizations, and I thought it was essential that we were teaching kids compassion at a young age. I’m a strong believer in teaching empathy to kids so that it becomes a habit rather than a chore. That way, when we grow up we already know the importance of giving back, and we know exactly how to do so. Throughout my journey with LemonAID Warriors, I’ve learned so much about youth activism. Just because kids are young, that doesn’t mean they don’t have passion. Especially growing up in a time with so many unprecedented events, it is more important than ever to give the youth the space to make their voices heard and make a real impact on their communities. While shifting to social distancing and Zoom Philanthroparties has been a huge adjustment for my organization, the spirit of LemonAID Warriors still shines through. We have made cards for medical workers, delivered meals to the homeless, and made masks for lower income communities.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
There are so many delicious places in LA. I would start off with breakfast at Blu Jam Cafe, the breakfast potatoes are a must. A fun trip is to go to the galleria and go watch a movie, the extra money for popcorn is definitely a necessity. After, I would go to lunch at Joans on Third in Studio City and order the Chinese chicken salad, my family’s go to lunch. Another great lunch option is Aroma Cafe in Studio City, it’s a super cute location with tons of great pastries and sandwiches. As for an outdoor activity, I suggest heading over to Franklin Canyon and going on a hike. It’s a beautiful location with tons of paths with different levels of difficulty. With endless options for dinner, there is always delicious food to have. I think my favorite dinner option is Gio Cucina in Encino. Their lasagna is to die for!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My shoutout goes to the youth in my community. Day after day, they continue to prove that the youth voice does matter, and it’s one that should be heard. LemonAID Warriors would not have been successful if not for the love and passion that they all were willing to bring to the table. From throwing birthday parties to make cards for children with cancer to organizing lunch time school events where we made dog blankets for a nearby animal shelter, our Philanthroparties are all about finding causes that the youth are passionate about and giving them resources to make change in their communities.