Re: SE Ventures for Gang-At Risk Youth?
- We received the following responses to this question from Patrick Malone:
"My question would be: Does anyone know of a North American model of a
social enterprise organized as a worker owned cooperative involving high
school age gang or at-risk youth in the retail or manufacturing sectors?
(1) From Judith Latta <jlatta@...>
Two possibilities you might like to look at:
1. More Than Words (retail second hand books/vulnerable youth) in Boston,
which I toured during the Social Enterprise Alliance Summit, while I
understand it is not 'legally owned' by the workers, it appears to enjoy a
high level of ownership by the participants.
2.Here in Australia we run a program called YouthWorx for at-risk teenagers.
We offer retail skills, training and personal support based in an
Opportunity Shop (Thrift Store). Our success is made possible thanks to the
support of 30 highly engaged adult volunteers/mentors. While participants
don't have legal ownership of the store, they a have
a strong psychological ownership of the enterprise.
(2) From Mari <drive@...>
You should check out New Door Ventures
(3) From Jocelyn Berger <jocelyn.berger@...>
I don't think it's a worker owned cooperative, but the youth programs at
Jewish Vocational Service in SF definitely involve at-risk high schoolers in
retail, food service, etc. www.jvs.org. A local bakery called Mission Pie,
in fact, employs city kids on their farm, which produces all the of the
local, sustainably produced, organic food for the bakery itself, which is
also staffed by the kids.
Hope that helps,
(4) From Luis Davila-Ortega <luis.davilaortega@...>
Homeboys Industries comes to mind. Check them out at