Wednesday, February 24, 2010

American Business / Training Ground for Former Foster Kids

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Cakes for Cause

"Cakes for Cause serves youth (ages 16-21) who have aged out of the foster care system, who live in public housing, who have dropped out of the traditional school system, or who are otherwise identified as “at risk” in our community. For these youth, it is often a lack of connection to reliable adult role models that makes their future more challenging. Underemployment or unemployment, homelessness, substance abuse, and incarceration are often the outcomes for these children who grow up without a permanent family or safety net to support them.

Our Vision is to help break the negative outcome cycles that affect a significant number of youth in the United States. Our commitment and the commitment of our partners represent an investment in young people that will pay tremendous dividends for our community.

You can help now!

To these ends, the Cakes for Cause program accomplishes the following:

* Teaches real work skills in bakery production and restaurant management through a structured 6-month curriculum, focusing on small-group instruction.

* Provides paid employment to youth who participate in the program.

* Assists youth with follow-up job placement or with the pursuit of additional culinary or hospitality education.

* Partners with other organizations who share the Cakes for Cause vision to work in innovative ways to help vulnerable youth become self-sufficient."

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