About Our Cause

In order for homeless or at-risk youth to become self-sufficient, it is necessary for them to obtain and maintain a job. Unfortunately, most of these youth face myriad challenges to employment, including:

The Blue Sky Employment Program provides homeless and at-risk youth with twelve weeks of paid, supportive employment at Blue Sky Bakery & Café. Youth gain valuable experience in cooking, baking, maintaining a sanitary work environment, performing deliveries, customer service and cash-handling.

They also participate in a weekly Job Club, a one-hour workshop designed to address issues such as professional communication, time management, conflict resolution, and diversity.  Youth interested in participating in the Blue Sky Employment Program are strongly encouraged to attend Job Club; this is the best way to get on our waiting list.  Job Club currently meets each Wednesday from 11 am – noon.  All youth 18-24 years of age are welcome to attend.

If you are a caseworker, Probation or Parole Officer and would like to be notified of program updates and/or openings, please email us at lisa@blue-sky-bakery.org and ask to be added to our Client Referral List.

How to Help

Our program doesn’t end after twelve weeks.  When youth successfully complete the program at the bakery, we work with them to secure stable, long-term employment. If your company has entry-level openings, please consider hiring one of our amazing graduates. If you would like to discuss this opportunity, please contact our Executive Director, Lisa Thompson.