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Java Hope Moving Forward

Java Hope launched entrepreneurial classes in April at Hope Clinic in Ypsilanti, Michigan. It was difficult selecting suitable candidates for the program. Everyone interviewed had challenging set of circumstances. However after we made the final cut, we finally selected a great group of women who are willing to work hard and do whatever it takes to become a business owner. They also accepted our classroom and attendance policies and procedures. To date, attendance of our students is excellent!

High school graduates may participate in the program with pay received from Michigan Works youth initiative. Age requirements are 18-21 years old. 

Another Michigan Works program for Java Hope is teaching in the following areas: Detroit, Highland Park, Pontiac, Flint and Saginaw. It is exciting to see Java Hope helping to grow the Michigan economy.

Our curriculum concise of basic business courses such as Business and Market Planning, Financial literacy and soft skill development.  The learning atmosphere is very relaxed and women are encouraged to share their personal insight on a particular topic. They work in teams to complete  each group assignments. This gives students an extra layer of support, and it builds their confidence. 

Our program empowers women to own and operate a coffee cart business. Students who prefer employment over entrepreneurship will be offered hospitality employment after graduation.

 Java Hope is a two year program: 6 months of classroom training and 18 months paid apprenticeship training at a coffee cart location.

Upon successful completion of the 2 year program, our students receive a micro-loan to purchase a coffee cart and start their own business. They also receive for free additional coaching and mentorship for an additional year after graduation.

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