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Cafe Momentum

Creation date: 2015

Country: USA

Location: Dallas

Sector of activity: Food and drinks · Hotels, catering and tourism

Social issue: Diversity (people in state of exclusion, minorities and people with disabilities) · Education (access to education and skills)

Over 6,300 young people enter the Dallas County Juvenile Justice system every year. Many are victims of abusive homes, lack of proper education, live in unsafe neighborhoods and suffer from generational cycles of poverty. Without a system to support them and the possibility of a job to earn money legally, these young people are at a high risk of returning to crime when they are back on the streets. "Our mission is to create a support ecosystem to help stabilize the lives of these young people, and to provide them with job training to ensure they can reach their full potential," explain the representatives of the company in BBVA Momentum, Chad Houser and Margaret Windham. "There is no other program for adolescents who have been convicted in Dallas that offers an individualized system like ours."

Café Momentum offers paid internships for young people who want to reintegrate into society. This social enterprise provides intensive training in catering, gives them work and teaches them life skills. The beneficiaries receive continued mentorship and support, enabling them to complete their pathway of reintegration into society.

This social enterprise provides a transforming experience through a 12-month program in which young people study all aspects of the restaurant. The food served to clients is prepared by the Café Momentum team of chefs and the young people taking part in the program for reintegration into society.