Through creating local positive economic opportunities, teaching money management and employment skills, and cultivating a culture of mentoring, we desire to provide pathways out of poverty for the next generation.
Born out of a desire to create jobs in our neighborhood, provide mentoring opportunities that empower youth, and train teenagers in job skills such as customer service, marketing, and craftsmanship, we created Humphreys Street Coffee and Soap. This micro-business employs 16 teens per year and generates revenue that is poured directly back into the community and the students we serve. When a local teen applies for and receives a job at Humphreys Street, they are trained in the art of roasting coffee and creating handcrafted body products and are given the opportunity to earn money in a neighborhood where few positive economic opportunities exist.
Humphreys Street employees also have the opportunity to tour colleges, learn about trade school options, and spend time with mentors who share about their education, career, and other life experiences. Additionally, students are provided with financial literacy training, access to resources to open checking and savings accounts, and opportunities to earn academic scholarships upon graduation.
Humphreys Street doesn't hire students to roast coffee and make soap; we roast coffee and make soap to hire students.