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Making ChangeYouth Social Entrepreneurship as an Approach to Positive Youth and Community Development$

Tina P. Kruse

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190849795

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190849795.001.0001

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(p.175) Appendix Youth Programs Cited in this Book

(p.175) Appendix Youth Programs Cited in this Book

Making Change

Tina P. Kruse

Oxford University Press

Bearings Bike Shop

Bearings Bike Shop is a youth development organization where kids in Atlanta can “earn and maintain a bicycle while developing the skills and character to succeed in adulthood.” Bearings says: “We believe these young people are change makers. We believe they can repair broken chains—on bikes, as well as in their families and communities.”

Location: 982 Murphy Avenue SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30310

Website: bearingsbikeshop.org

Cookie Cart

Cookie Cart is a 30-year-old organization that engages youth aged 15–18 with “lasting and meaningful work, life, leadership skills through experience and training in an urban nonprofit bakery.” In addition to employment readiness, youth at Cookie Cart advance their interpersonal, leadership, and critical thinking skills.

Location: 1119 W. Broadway Avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55411

Website: cookiecart.org

Cycles for Change

Cycles for Change is a nonprofit “working at the intersection of social justice and the bicycle movement.” Their Youth Apprenticeship program works with high school-aged youth to “build the next generation of self-empowered community (p.176) leaders and cyclists” through learning bike mechanics, running the shops, and contributing to “vibrant, equitable bicycling communities within the Twin Cities through paid positions.”

Locations: 2010 26th Street, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55404; 712 University Avenue, St. Paul, Minnesota 55104

Website: cyclesforchange.org

The Food Project

Since 1991, The Food Project offers “a national model of engaging young people in personal and social change through sustainable agriculture” by farming 70 acres in multiple locations of eastern Massachusetts. Their program focus is on “identifying and transforming a new generation of leaders by placing teens in increasingly responsible roles, with deeply meaningful work.”

Location: (main office) 10 Lewis Street, Lincoln, Massachusetts 01773

Website: thefoodproject.org

Good Life Organization

The Good Life Organization is a nonprofit that supports “the positive development of youth for the purposes of enhancing democratic participation and academic achievement.” Their programming focuses on building the capacity of local leaders through speaking events, trainings, curriculum, and tools that “enable dialogue, critical reflection, and creative action.” Their featured curriculum is “Fulfill the Dream,” which emphasizes cultural relevance and social-emotional learning for youth leaders.

Location: 400 South Green St. Suite 205, Chicago, Illinois 60607

Website: goodlifealliance.org

Juma Ventures

Juma Ventures is a 25-year-old nonprofit that runs more than 20 social enterprise operations in nine cities—Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, New Orleans, Oakland, Sacramento, San Francisco, Santa Clara, and Seattle. Juma offers youth employment, financial capability, and academic services by partnering with major sports arenas and asset-building and educational partners across the country.

Location: (main office) 131 Steuart Street, Suite 201 San Francisco, California 94105

Website: juma.org

(p.177) More Than Words Bookstore

More Than Words (MTW) is a nonprofit social enterprise that “empowers youth ages 16–21 who are in the foster care system, court involved, homeless, or out of school to take charge of their lives by taking charge of a business. MTW youth run two brick-and-mortar bookstores, a café and an online bookselling business as a vehicle to develop critical skills and experience. . . . They simultaneously have a second job, their ‘YOU’ job, through which they receive intensive case management to work towards measurable positive outcomes for education, work and life.”

Locations: 56 Felton Street, Waltham, Massachusetts 02453; 242 East Berkeley St., 2nd Floor, Boston, Massachusetts 02118

Website: mtwyouth.org

Old Skool Café

Old Skool Café is a fully operational, youth-run restaurant in the supper-club tradition. The young people who work there “come to Old Skool Café from a variety of backgrounds, including those challenged by the conditions of poverty, domestic violence, street violence, drug use, gang life, incarceration, foster care, early parenting and more. Old Skool Café offers more than just employment [including] a supportive environment to help our youth receive job training skills and paid work experience in all aspects of the restaurant business. They are supported with other resources and a sense of family to help them succeed in all aspects of their lives.”

Location: 1429 Mendell Street, San Francisco, California 94124

Website: oldskoolcafe.org/youth-run-supper-club

Sisterhood Boutique

“Sisterhood Boutique is a business venture designed and run by East African women, ages 14–23. Young women involved with the program are learning a variety of personal and professional skills from business development to event planning, while the colorful variety of clothing and accessories available at the shop provide affordable clothing options for residents of the neighborhood. Sisterhood Boutique carries a wide selection of gently used women’s clothing, shoes, jewelry, accessories and scarves.”

Location: 2200 Riverside Ave, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55454

Website: sisterhoodmn.org

(p.178) SOUL Sisters Leadership Collective

SOUL Sisters offers programs that provide “a powerful community of mentors, activists, educators, and healers that support young women, femmes, and gender non-conforming/gender non-binary youth of color blossoming into leaders with political and self awareness, creative problem solving skills, and strong ethics. We are sensitive to the needs of youth in the foster care, juvenile legal, special education, shelter, and mental health systems.”

Location: 6360 NE 4th Court, Miami, Florida 33138

Website: soulsistersleadership.org

South Atlanta Bike Shop

South Atlanta Bike Shop is a nonprofit youth development program in which young people aged 8–18 learn bike repair, job readiness, and leadership skills. They offer “earn-a-bike” in which youth can earn points by working in the bike shop and spend these to purchase bicycles, bicycle accessories, and replacement parts and pay for bike trip registration fees; they offer paid employment for teen participants as well.

Location: 1297 McDonough Blvd. SE, Suite 400, Atlanta, Georgia 30315

Website: southatlantabikeshop.org

Street Bean Coffee Roasters

Street Bean Coffee Roasters is a nonprofit organization whose mission is “to provide an opportunity for street-involved young people to discover and employ their gifts by serving coffee in our community [providing] . . . a catalyst to move onto successful future employment.”

Locations: 2711 3rd Ave, Seattle, Washington 98109

5015 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, Washington 98109

Website: streetbean.org

Urban Boatbuilders

Launched more than 20 years ago, Urban Boatbuilders is a social enterprise that teaches youth the hands-on skill of woodworking with the aim to empower “their hands, heart, and mind to be engaged community members and environmental stewards.” In this process, Urban Boatbuilders creates “a repertoire of light-weight, (p.179) durable, and beautiful water-crafts which are sold to support our mission and the youth we serve.”

Location: 2288 University Avenue West, St. Paul, Minnesota 55114

Website: urbanboatbuilders.org


YouthBuild operates at 260 locations in 46 states of the United States and internationally in 15 countries. Their programs provide pathways to “education, jobs, entrepreneurship, and other opportunities leading to productive livelihoods and community leadership.” In all locations, YouthBuild engages low-income youth aged 16–24 through classroom and hands-on construction projects that build or repair affordable housing, playgrounds, community centers, schools, clinics, parks, and the like. Their goal is to “rebuild their communities and their lives, breaking the cycle of poverty with a commitment to work, education, family, and community.”

Location: (main office) 58 Day Street, Somerville, Massachusetts 02144

Website: youthbuild.org (p.180)