We are proud to have officially opened the brand new café run by our students at EDEN College, The Second Chance Café!
The Second Chance Café officially launched last Tuesday and is part of a new initiative that gives our EDEN College hospitality students, the opportunity to practice and become confident in barista skills.
Many hours of serving carrot cakes and making coffee went into the launch which we’re happy to say was a great success. State Member for Macquarie Fields, Mr Anoulack Chanthivong, officially opened the café and addressed the crowd.
“I was delighted to attend the launch of the Second Chance Café at Macquarie Fields’ Eden College, Koch Centre for Youth and Learning, and meet with students who are benefiting directly from learning new skills, gaining vital experience and having the opportunity to establish employment pathways in a supportive environment,” said Mr Chanthivong.
The new café gives our students real life experience in becoming competent in barista service, customer service, food preparation and menu planning all of which they practiced leading up to the launch of the café.
Lisa Hobden, School Manager of EDEN College, said there was a great sense of pride among the students for all their hard work during the launch.
“We had specially made ‘Second Chance Café’ embroidered aprons made for the students to wear,” said Lisa. “It made them feel very proud as if they are working part time at a professional kitchen or café.”
EDEN College are lucky enough to have a teacher that is also a fully qualified chef, teaching the students all these new skills. This means our students can complete their certificate in the comfort of their own schooling. This accessibility is sure to boost participation and attendance in hospitality certificates at EDEN College.
The launch also featured market stalls with handmade products crafted by EDEN College students. A bunch of exciting products were on sale such as dog bandannas, slime and decorative house plates. This was part of another EDEN College project called ‘$20 Boss’, where students are given $20 start up cash to design a product, market it and sell it.
At Youth Off The Streets we believe in second chances and are constantly working toward providing our young people with the tools to transform their lives. Our independent high schools adopt unique programs, such as the Second Chance Café, that are tailored to the individual needs of our students.
The EDEN students are continuing to practice their skills with their next event, The Alternative Education Conference at KOCH Centre for Youth and Learning on the 27th and 28th of September.
We appreciate all the support this initiative received and hope everyone enjoyed the handmade goods and barista made coffee from our students!