Imagine walking into your local coffee shop. 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 support 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.
GrandLo Café, a social enterprise of Grand St. Settlement
, provides youth 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 teaches soft skills like customer service, interviewing strategies, and workplace accountability. We 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 youth who are not in school or not working 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 the cost.
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.
We benefit from the expertise of a board of directors whose collective expertise and experience helps ensure that GrandLo Café is a success.