Helping Brooklyn's Youth Build Strong, Sustainable Futures at Reconnect Bakery
Reconnect Bakery may look like your typical business, but something very special is happening behind the counter.
The bakery is fully staffed by young people and residents of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn and is part of a unique model for providing entry-level job opportunities to New Yorkers in need.
Reconnect, a Brooklyn not-for-profit, operates a bakery, café, and graphic design company in the Bed-Stuy neighborhood and serves as a much-needed source of employment in the high-poverty area.
Founded in 2010 in response to youth violence, Reconnect’s mission is two-fold: to give young people a sense of hope for the future and introduce them to careers in industries they may not have otherwise considered. In the last two years, the organization has created 25 entry level jobs and employed more than 70 people.
“For a long time I wanted to get off the corner. When Reconnect opened, I was able to get my first job. A bunch of other guys on the corner also started working. We used to get in trouble. Now we’re getting paid.
I also just finished one semester at community college. For the first time, I see a future.”
– Edwin, 19, Reconnect employee
We joined Reconnect last week to celebrate the success of Reconnect Bakery, its newest outpost in the city-owned and operated Moore Street Market.
The bakery helps stock the nearby Reconnect Café, which is changing lives one pot of coffee at a time. The not-for-profit also operates Reconnect Graphics, a source of custom shirts, bags, athletic wear, and vinyl graphics made by Brooklyn’s budding entrepreneurs and artists.
To learn more, visit Reconnect Bakery.