A few organizations that share aspects of FFL's mission to serve youth, get folks ready for jobs, and improve communities.
The Christian Community Development Association (CCDA) is a network of Christians committed to seeing people and communities wholistically restored. In the words of the Prophet Jeremiah, CCD practitioners "work and pray for the well-being of our city [or neighborhood]," trusting that if the entire community does well and prospers, then we will prosper also.
DCAYA (DC Alliance of Youth Advocates) envisions a community where no youth is considered at-risk and where all are respected as valued members of society. A citywide coalition, DCAYA works to ensure that policies, programs and practices within the District of Columbia promote and propel youth into a productive and healthy adulthood.
The DC ReEngagement Center works to mend the disconnect between 16-24 year olds and the support they need. They provide support and other options such as guidance for re-enrolling in an educational program, identifying good options, and accompanying youth on site visits.
For the past 15 years, Fair Chance has invested in DC area nonprofits that have great potential to improve the lives of children and youth living in poverty, and are positioned to benefit from their intensive, holistic capacity-building approach. Almost all of Fair Chance's nonprofit partners report that the "partnership made their organizations more stable, efficient and effective." Food For Life is excited toi be a 2017-2018 Fair Chance partner!
Homeboy Industries is a collective of different social enterprises that all have the same compelling misson in mind: Jobs not Jails. From cooking and catering to apparel and silkscreen, Homeboy Industries has a huge impact on LA streets by offering hope, opportunity, and support to former gang members, allowing them to redirect their lives.
Jobs for Life (JFL) noticed that while most American churches worked to hand out food and clothing, only 2% nationwide helped folks get jobs. Believing that people wouldn't need charitable donations of food and clothing if they had sustainable employment, JFL started working to "flip the list," enlisting, engaging and equipping more churches to address the impact of joblessness through the dignity of work.
Old Skool Café is a thriving cafe in San Franciso full of culture, soul and hard work. Entirely run by youth, Old Skool Café shows just how powerful youth can be when given the chance to run a business. Old Skool Café has a jazz theme and feautures artists and performances consistently.
Raise DC is a cross-sector partnership of local stakeholders formed to promote a culture shift from competition to collaboration, in providing every youth with opportunities to succeed from cradle to career. Raise DC makes a collective impact by promoting a common understanding of problems facing youth, identifying effective practices, and aligning community resources to fill gaps and spread what works
Since Café Reconcile opened in 2000, more than 1,000 young people (ages 16-22) have successfully completed their job training program and moved into permanent jobs in New Orleans’ food service industry. Focusing on the kind of “soul food” for which New Orleans is known, the restaurant has earned high praise from local and national critics.
The Hive 2.0 is a thriving place for entrepreneurship. They believe that “the next "big thing" is you.” Located in the historic Anacostia area, The Hive 2.0 seeks to revitalize the community through successful businesses and a healthy foundation. The Hive also is where Food For Life's office is located.