We are moving into the new Ella Apartment’s complex on the lower level. We’re so grateful to be in our new production/restaurant kitchen! We are naming the space Muiel’s Place after our founders late mom Muriel Pipkins. We’re building our Off The Block salsa and pizza inventory and getting ready to open to the public soon! Stay tuned for more info!
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Our Off the Block summer interns have been hard at work! These 12 young people have been spending time at the FEED Kitchens developing the perfect recipe for Off the Block pizza, creating a marketing plan for salsa, and tending to our home-grown basil at the Mentoring Positives clubhouse.
An important part of the internship program is connecting students with professionals in the community. In July, the group visited the FEED Kitchens to learn culinary skills from chef Thony of Cafe Costa Rica. Mentors like Thony teach real-world business skills and provide positive role models for these young people.
Over the course of the summer, each intern will receive 20 hours of training and 90 hours of real-world job experience. Students who successfully complete the internship will also be eligible for Leadership and Employability Certificates from the Department of Public Instruction.
In honor of Mentoring Positives’ Founder/CEO, Will Green’s mother who succumbed to breast cancer at the young age of 46. The Muriel Pipkins Award is a prestigious honor given to someone that exhibits compassion, empathy, caring, nurturing, integrity and dedication among numerous other great qualities. Ms. Pipkins was a role model and mentor to many in her family and to ordinary people on the streets. She displayed a passion for taking care of people and this is what Mentoring Positives thrives to replicate in our goal of “Impacting kids and families through positive mentoring relationships”.