Latham St. Commons

We are building a resilient and sustainable ecosystem of people working together to address all of the factors affecting access to good health—social support, health care, education, diet, employment, air and water quality.

Night owl bakers is workforce development program for young adults who will learn to figure out who they are, why they matter and where they fit, through making and selling artisanal bread. (coming soon)


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Summer 2017 is full.

Please visit us July/Aug Penn Ave. First Friday events to meet the students helping to co-design this program.

Imagine a day that combines activities like mindfulness practice, carpentry, food growing and preparation, cooking, storytelling, goal-setting, creative writing, listening and reflection.

During the summer our diverse team will work with participants to build skills in communications, design thinking, business, culinary expertise, environmental and financial literacy and leadership, as well as required hours of community service.

We aim to help youth build self-confidence and compassion for themselves and other individuals living in the surrounding community. Embedded in the learning are topics that address issues of tolerance, race, culture and equality.

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Phase 2: 8-Week (Fall-Winter 2017)

Fall programming shifts from self-identity to learning and appreciating others’ deep curiosity about the world and things they care about–essentially telling the story of others in an effort to better understand oneself and one’s place in the world.

Participants will be encouraged to take more self-actualizing risks in learning and in engaging their surrounding communities. In doing so, they will grow beyond their familiar range of comfort and discover new horizons of competency and belonging.

Throughout the program we will continue to build knowledge and understanding about where food comes from, and how to grow it, cook it and share it. Participants will foster lifelong skills related to the provenance of their food, the importance of local and sustainable sourcing, and how to prepare healthy meals.

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Phase 3: (January-April 2018)

Night Owl Bakers have the opportunity to enter into an environment designed to further advance their interest in growing entrepreneurial and/or culinary careers.

Our seasoned baker has a knack for educating, facilitating a collaborative kitchen environment and supporting students in creating high quality products.

Participants will also will learn skills in business administration, food sourcing, creation and development of products, inventory management and quality control.

Beautifully baked bread and baked goods might be the tastiest outcome of the Night Owl Baker’s program but if you look closely you will notice confident, competent, responsible citizens.