BRIGHT FUTURE 2016Executive SummaryThe Chambers School and Career Center is one of ten tax-exempt nonprofit programs of BrightFuture Youth and Family Services. Our mission is to assist at-risk youth in the Eugene/Springfield area inbecoming productive citizens by providing a learning and work environment where they feel challenged,respected, and accountable as they strive to meet the demands of adulthood. We have a staff ofapproximately 250 employees and also utilize several volunteers each year who play a vital role in theorganization. Bright Future prides itself on its diversity of funding sources that make for a fiscally strongorganization. Agency revenues come from governmental contracts, charitable gifts, United Way funding, andfees for service.Chambers School is proud to be the premier provider of at-risk youth alternative education andcareer assistance in Lane County, and seeks to make this experience even more valuable for its clients. Thisis done through a series of curricula funded by the Lane Workforce Partnership, Oregon YouthConservation Corps, Oregon Department of Human Resources, and the local school districts. The mostrecent program we have developed is a culinary arts program in which students learn about foodpreparation and safe handling and then put this knowledge to use by preparing lunches for their peers at theChambers School. After completing the 9-week curriculum, students are placed with a local food servicebusiness for a 60-hour practical training where they can continue to develop their skills. Currently, theculinary arts program is available to five students per 9-week school term, or approximately 25 students peryear. Students enrolled in the program are selected because of their sincere interest in the culinary field andtheir excellent attendance.After a successful first year of operating the culinary arts program, we are looking to expand theprogram further. By developing the program into a full day program of academics and culinary arts training,we can develop an entrepreneurial curriculum that will allow our students to gain an insight into theoperation of a small business. Specifically, by launching a lunch box catering business (called the CateringFor Kids), we could offer our students the opportunity to gain valuable work experience for which they can
BRIGHT FUTURE 2016earn both school credit and a stipend, acquire entrepreneurial business skills and achieve a real sense ofaccomplishment. According to the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship, entrepreneurialtraining can help foster in students a sense of vision and personal responsibility for their future, creating abeneficial effect on self-esteem and outlookHowever, major challenges face Catering for Kids in the future. These include the need to:1. Fund the program, including possible expansion of the existing commercial kitchen or lease ofa larger kitchen off-campus.
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