WE’RE GROWING THE NEXT GENERATION
By providing a safe, supportive – yet challenging – environment, we allow youth to discover their unique contribution to the world and thrive.
Our program is built around our ABC’s:
OUR PROGRAM IS UNLIKE ANY OTHER
We offer more than a job. Our multi-step program allows for an individualized approach, offering the choice of path and experience. Supplemented with support and enrichment from numerous mentors, we aim for a safe and supportive platform where youth can explore, discover, and dream while being challenged.
Our Challenge Program is a paid 6-week intensive workforce and life skills development program. Through a series of workshops, participants discover their strengths and learn how to apply them to both their personal and professional goals. After successfully completing our Challenge Program, participants are offered the opportunity to become Junior Crew.
Our Junior Crew Program aims to expand opportunities for 16 to 21 year olds by providing employment within our businesses, which serve as our living classrooms. Junior Crew are supported by a dedicated youth liaison who can help address barriers to employment, navigate performance issues, and establish short and long term goals so that they can become successful in any path they choose to follow.
Empowered with real-world work experience and completed launch goals, including resume, cover letter, interview skills, professional communication experience, and an introduction to financial literacy, youth can progress to full-time employment inside or outside the organization, pursue higher education, or explore their interests.
OUR BUSINESSES = LIVING CLASSROOMS
Our businesses serve as our living classrooms, where real-world work, life, and leadership skills are built into every shift. These authentic businesses provide direct interaction with the community and serve as examples of how we can create the world we want to live in.
OUR IMPACT SINCE 2016
AWARDED IN SCHOLARSHIPS
DONATED TO LOCAL FIRE + RESCUE
HOURS SPENT ENRICHING OUR YOUTH
DONATED TO OUR LOCAL COMMUNITY
NEW HIRES SINCE INCEPTION
POUNDS OF PRODUCE HARVESTED
VISITING GUESTS SERVED
CINNAMON ROLLS SOLD
WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT
We make money to do good and become self-sustaining. By using the nonprofit social enterprise model, our businesses serve as living classrooms for local youth and create multiple income streams, in the hopes of eliminating the need for constant fundraising many nonprofits face.
None of this could have happened without the significant ongoing support from the Jonathan D + Mark C. Lewis Foundation. In 2016, they provided the start-up capital for land, infrastructure, equipment, and a guaranteed operating grant.
The return on investment for the foundation is the quantifiable good being done locally, knowing that the project is creating hundreds of new jobs and investing 100% of its income back into the project and local economy while also creating new, previously unavailable opportunities for local youth.