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You can help open a social enterprise that will serve great coffee and train opportunity youth
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The To-Go Version
- Grand St. Settlement is opening a social enterprise called GrandLo Café in 2018 in NYC at 178 Broome Street.
- GrandLo Café will offer a high-quality café experience, while also providing job training to disconnected--out of school or out of work--youth.
- 100% of your generous donation will help pay for job training for 60 youth.
- When disconnected youth are not highly engaged in effective training and education, they face obstacles such as criminal involvement, gang violence, and barriers to educational achievement.
- Our job training will follow an evidence-based curriculum that provides hands-on barista, food prep and café management training as well as life skills group and one-on-one coaching.
- The cost to incarcerate a person at NYC’s Rikers Island for one month is $17,417, while our program is a fraction of a cost to tax payers.
Turn Your Morning Latte into Life Lessons
Imagine walking into your local coffee shop. The cashier and baristas are disconnected young people--kids who are not “learning or earning”--from around the neighborhood. With every order they are learning valuable life and job skills that will successfully prepare them to excel in the working world. Whenever you catch up with your friends over a plate of fresh-baked pastries or grab a cup of joe on your way to work, you will be supporting a comprehensive job training and placement program for out-of-school and out-of-work young adults.
You can get that experience at GrandLo Café, the Lower East Side's first "nosh for profit."
GrandLo Café, a social enterprise of Grand St. Settlement, will train disconnected youth--teens who aren’t in school and aren’t working--with meaningful job skills. It’s more than a job training program. It’s a community that supports young people, many who are facing difficult life circumstances and might not be able to join the workforce. In addition to hard skills like kitchen math, cashiering, food handler’s licensing, and cafe management, our job training program will teach soft skills like customer service, interviewing strategies, and workplace accountability. We’ll also bring Grand St. Settlement’s full array of community supports to the table, helping our trainees secure housing, education, healthcare, and childcare so they can devote more of their time to school and a career.
When disconnected youth are not highly engaged in effective training and education, they face criminal involvement, gang violence, pregnancy, sexual health issues, emotional and social problems, and barriers to educational achievement. This investment is remarkably cost-effective when compared to incarceration. The Vera Institute for Justice estimated that the cost to incarcerate a person at New York City’s Rikers Island for one month is $17,417, while our job training program is a fraction of a cost to tax payers.
For more than 100 years, Grand St. Settlement has connected New Yorkers to opportunities that inspire, services that keep families strong, and programs that bring communities closer. Together, we have led bold charges for change, worked to overcome obstacles like isolation and exclusion, and fought to dismantle injustices and broken systems.
100% of your generous donation will pay for job training for 60 disconnected youth and will help them get a step up into a job, and help our trainees avoid stepping out of the workforce. All donations to our certified 501(c)(3) non-profit are tax deductible.
GrandLo Café will build a career pathway connecting the old Lower East Side with the new Lower East Side. Walk around the neighborhood today and you’ll see historical mainstays such as the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, Russ & Daughters, and the Williamsburg Bridge.
And you’ll also see Essex Crossing, which when completed will be comprised of 1,000 new apartments and dozens of large and small businesses in nine buildings, including a Trader Joe's, Target, and a movie theater. In other words, hundreds of new jobs will need to be filled, and it’s essential that young people from the neighborhood have a crack at those jobs.
We hope that neighbors and tourists alike will look to GrandLo Café as not only a high quality food and coffee establishment, but also a place that will change the trajectory of the lives of young people for years to come. With your donation, you can be a part of GrandLo Café's success from the very beginning.
Strengthening neighborhoods in the Lower East Side and Brooklyn is central to Grand St. Settlement’s work. We currently support more than 10,000 New Yorkers of every age, and doubled our number of program sites in 2016 to reach more of our neighbors! Here's just a small sampling of our impact.
- 94% of all 4-year-olds in our early childhood programs met or exceeded development goals for their age.
- We provided 3,000 hours of hands-on learning to our youth.
- We served 39,060 breakfasts and lunches to seniors last year.
- Our Single Stop program provided legal and tax services to 416 households in 2016-2017.
In addition, we are not running GrandLo Café alone. We will also benefit from the expertise of an advisory committee whose collective expertise and experience will help ensure that GrandLo Café is a success. The committee includes experts in the fields of coffee, law, business, marketing, and employment.
- Adam Angelowicz, Board Member, Grand St. Settlement
- Katherine Archer, Director of Community Relations, L+M Development Partners
- Matt Banbury, Sales, Counter Culture Coffee
- Judia Black, Entrepreneur, enJoie and Board Member, Grand St. Settlement
- Gaspar Caro, Coordinator, Lower East Side Employment Network
- Robert Cordero, Executive Director, Grand St. Settlement
- Lucas Denton, Executive Director, Melting Pot Foundation
- John Falcone, JobsFirstNYC
- David Garza, Executive Director, Henry Street Settlement
- Scott Gewirtz, Board Member, Grand St. Settlement
- Phil Hill, Associate, Kirkland & Ellis
- William Hubbard, Associate, Kirkland & Ellis
- Kevin Jennings, Executive Director, The Tenement Museum
- Jerry Lewis, Sweet Unity Coffee
- Peter Longo, Owner, Porto Rico Coffee Imports
- Renee Martin, Catalyst Kitchens
- Sylvia Montero, Board Member, Grand St. Settlement
- Sumya Ojakli, Board Member, Grand St. Settlement
- Marjorie Parker, President and CEO, JobsFirstNYC
- Matthew Phifer, Deputy Program Officer, Henry Street Settlement
- Whitney Reuling, Former Program Director, Sylvia’s Kitchen
- Jamie Rogers, Owner, Pushcart Coffee
In the Press
- ‘Nosh For Profit’ Cafe Aims to Keep Kids Out of Prison By Turning Them into Baristas - Bedford + Bowery
- ‘GrandLo Cafe’ Kickstarts Crowdfunding Campaign Ahead of Winter Debut - Bowery Boogie
- Socially-conscious food projects on the horizon
History of the Lower East Side
With GrandLo Café, we are building a bridge between the new Lower East Side--a neighborhood feeling the pressures of gentrification and market rate rents--and the old neighborhood, which has served as a springboard for opportunity for generations of new Americans, including young people.
Not only will GrandLo Café distinguish itself in the competitive Lower East Side restaurant scene by having exceptional coffee, food, and customer service, it will be the only cafe in the city with a dedicated mission to provide job training for disconnected youth. And we have an advantage most other businesses don’t: the Essex Crossing developers have generously donated the space, meaning there won’t be any rent, one of the biggest chunks of overhead for any business. This means that 100% of your generous donations will go directly towards our efforts to deliver a top-notch customer experience and job training program.
Timeline for GrandLo Café
Kickstarter Campaign Party: January 17, 2018
Grand Opening: Spring 2018
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Risks and challenges
The building is on schedule to have a Certificate of Occupancy in December but there could possibly be delays in final inspection.
We have been conservative in our budget projections, estimating that the cafe will need to gross $500 a day retail sales to break even in the first year (not expected foundation funding and other sources like this campaign). It's possible that sales might not reach expected levels early on.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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